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How to Make Creamy Banana Oatmeal

Living out my life in a sling that holds my dominant arm hasn’t been bad…but let’s face it, it isn’t the optimal situation.
There are the ice packs, the changing of bandages, the awkward times when you look like a Cirque du Soleil artist trying to get the shirt off your back, the left handed showers that never quite make you feel as clean as a right handed one, the situated sleeping, the challenges of cooking a decent meal, the driving….oh, the driving. Everything is backwards, half-ass, I don’t care. I want to care, but I just don’t have the energy to try and pluck the grouchy eye brows I have obtained.
Through the pains of everyday awkwardness, I am in no pain. A huge blessing. I am healing properly, I think and have faced no medical emergencies thus far. A step towards the right direction, no?
The ‘no-working’ out deal I made with the Doc is slowly irritating me. Technically, I can do light cardio on the bike and work my legs. I just don’t seem motivated to do things that I HATE, the bike and legs! I have vowed today to try and clean up my diet so that the working out doesn’t seem as critical. Must stay on track for the next 5 weeks. Must. For my sanity and for my health.
This morning, I woke up under warm, snuggly covers.
Went to the kitchen, made freshly-ground creamy hazelnut coffee and made breakfast!
Almost every morning I enjoy oatmeal, its filling and delicious.
I thought I’d share how to make Whipped Banana Oats….I got this method of cooking oats from Kath!
First, you will need, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water. I also use 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats! The regular kind!
Combine these ingredients into a pot and let it sit for 5 minutes on med/med high heat. It will start to get foamy and the banana will literally start to melt and make creamy oats.
Once your oats are foamy, turn the heat way down on low and stir for about a minute. Now that the oats are a bit cooler you can stir in whatever you like! Today I used raisins.
Now pour into you favorite dish and use toppings. I always put peanut butter in my oats, but today I also added a little raspberry preserves!
This breakfast never gets old because you can add so many things to the oats to make new flavors!
Off to prepare for work! Feels good to be back into bloggie action 🙂
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Keeping it Cool

Good Morning Everyone!
This morning, I made a wonderful strawberry-banana smoothie using frozen fruit, light soy milk, whey protein and ice. I find that smoothies are a great way to start my day because they allow me to get my fruit and protein in at breakfast time. The protein also fills me up, so I am not hungry within an hour or two of finishing breakfast.

If you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, you must be sure and get enough protein. Protein is essential to every cell in our body and is an important building block for muscles, cartilage, skin and bones. For an active person, try eating .5 grams of protein daily for every pound of body weight.

If you are having trouble eating enough protein from food sources, try a protein powder. I think they are really versatile and easy to use. I put my protein powder in smoothies, oatmeal, and greek yogurt. Right now, I use 100% Gold Standard Whey Protein in Vanilla Ice Cream. I have really enjoyed it because it isn’t chalky and it packs a powerful 25 grams of protein per scoop with only 3 grams of carbs and 1 gram of sugar. It is also affordable!
Today, I am off to Athens to lay by the pool with my friend Rachel. We are also trying to get a group of girls together to go see Sex and the City 2! So excited!

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Wake Up With Oatmeal

This morning has been great so far, I ran 3 miles and have been up since 6. I love waking up and feeling productive! Because I have been so proactive this morning, I am deciding to hand out a speech on why Americans should be eating breakfast on a daily basis.
Going without breakfast is like driving on an empty tank. It’s just senseless, people. Many do not realize that eating something light in the morning will actually further fat loss and help you maintain a healthy weight. Adults often feel sluggish and tired upon arriving at their workplace. Try feeding your body a little something to wake up! Oh, hey, parents, why don’t you also try feeding your children something other than processed cereal bars for breakfast?…maybe then they won’t act like lunatics at school (did I really say that?). Not trying to be pushy…it’s the future teacher in me talking.
Oatmeal is one of the best things you can start your day with. Low on the glycemic index and full of water soluble fiber, oats help you feel fuller longer. In my opinion, they are also wonderfully yummy and comforting.
If you have not tried stirring peanut butter into your oatmeal, I am sorry. Not to worry, today, you will now know the wonders of this addition. The oats become creamy and peanuty (my fave). They literally taste like a cookie. Please, get rid of the packet of stuff and feast your eyes on this tomorrow morning.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Serves two.
Boil 2 cups of water.
Add 1 cup of steel cut oats, such as Bob’s Red Mill
Cook for 10- 20 minutes, to the consistency you like
Remove for heat and stir in half of a mashed banana and 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
Add a little agave nectar or honey along with a pinch of cinnamon
I top my oats with a little vanilla soymilk and Uncle Sam’s Bran Flakes for a little crunch.

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Whole Wheat Banana Muffins


I made some super healthy banana chocolate chip muffins the other day and froze a big batch of them for quick on-the-go breakfasts….I mean who doesn’t love bananas with chocolate chips?? Although they are not super decadent, these little gems are perfect for a chocolate/ pastry craving.


Only 106 calories per muffin and 1.5 grams of fat…what more can you ask for? GUILT Free!


SERVES 16

Ingredients

Directions

  1. 1

    Stir together flour, baking powder and soda. Set aside.

  2. 2

    With electric mixer, beat sugar and yogurt. Add eggs, one at a time, and milk, beaintg until smooth after every new addition.

  3. 3

    Add flour mixture and banana alternately to creamed mixture. Fold in dark chocolate chips.

  4. 4

    Turn batter into lightly greased 8x4x2-inch loaf. Bake for 60-65 minutes at 350degrees.



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Starbucks Revisited!

Today I was up at 6 am and ready to hit the gym. After being crammed with finals and adjusting to my new work schedule, my body has been neglected. Bad, bad, bad. 😦 If I miss more than two days in between gym visits, I am most likely not going back for the week. I need discipline in my life!
So, I woke up early, grabbed a quick cup of coffee and was out the door! I hit the weights (only girl in the weight room with about 5 burly men, awkward!) and did a full body workout. After, I did some light cardio on the elliptical for about 30 minutes. And, by light, I mean I watched Good Morning America. Hey, did you know two of the Dixie Chicks have formed a NEW band called, the Court Yard Hounds? I love the Dixie Chicks, so I am glad at least two of them are making a come back!
I stopped by Kroger to grab a few things and then headed home to shower and eat breakfast. Today, I decided to re-create a Starbucks Frappucino! A little protein powder, instant coffee (my new fave) and banana….and yippee! A creamy, chocolatey coffee blend. It was so yummy and almost decadent with a kick from the coffee!

Adding instant coffee or espresso to chocolate intensifies the flavor!

1 banana, sliced
2 tsp. cornstarch ( I like mine thick)
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 Nescafe Instant Coffee Single
2 scoops of chocolate whey protein
a little skim milk
ice
Just blend and adjust to your faux-frapuccino needs!
I am off to write my final paper of the semester and watch the Doctors.
I hope everyone has a beautiful day.
-Morgan

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