Mixed Up Oats! (My Everyday oatmeal Mix!)

image  Well pretty much everyday, its usually this or an egg white scramble …

But… Here’s the recipe!

3/4 cup oats – plain

1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Flaxseed Meal

1 Tbsp. Pomegranate seeds – unsweetened (optional)

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup Almond Milk

(I mix this all together and let it soak through the night .. this helps with digestion, and then when I’m ready to eat in the mornings, I just heat it up for about a minute and a half and go! )

(OPTIONAL) Top it off with:

Cinnamon

All Spice

Slivered Almonds -unsalted

sunflower Seeds – unsalted

Any fruits.

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Benefits of Flax Seeds!

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I love adding flax-seed to my recipes, if you haven’t noticed! So here I’m going to tell you why they are so amazing and some of the benefits they can provide.

So they are most commonly known for providing a good source of Omega-3, but they also have a good source of ALA  (alpha linoleic acid), fiber, and micronutrients. They are known to protect against things such as cancer, heart disease, inflammation, diabetes, arthritis, improving blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and many other things.

You can choose different forms of flax whether you want an flax oil, the whole seed or a seed that’s been ground into to a powder form (ground meal flaxseed). Store in a cool dark and dry place for optimum freshness. ( I keep mine either in the pantry or fridge).

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Flax seed can be added to virtually many dishes because its easy to add into baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies and even meats (like a meatloaf or meatballs).Also, as you shop, you’ll probably notice that more and more things are starting to add it in because it’s so healthy! (yay) It has a light nutty flavor but isn’t too overpowering.

So whether you buy ground meal, whole seeds or an oil, enjoy the benefits and hopefully enjoy the taste! =)

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Cinnamon Waffles with Almond Butter and Banana

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You’ll Need :

2 Waffles- Cinnamon Flavored ( I like the Vans Natural Foods Brands ; I used the Gluten free, Cinnamon Apple Flavor for this.)

2 tbsp. Almond Butter

1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar

1 banana

Assembly:

Toast waffles in toaster. Spread almond butter over waffles while they are still warm to the almond butter melts a little bit. Cut up as much banana as you want to top it. And finally drizzle agave nectar on top of it all. Enjoy!

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Chives (WW)

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You’ll Need

1 (1 pound) bunch of asparagus, trimmed at the ends

2 teaspoons of olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives

  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • Put asparagus into shallow roasting pan. drizzle oil over asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to coat evenly .
  • Place in oven, shaking pan occasionally until tender and browned in spots ( About 20 min) .
  • Transfer asparagus to platter and sprinkle lemon juice and chives on top.

SERVES 4 :   WW points 1    PER SERVING: 4-6 spears

(Note: I took this out of a Weight watchers cookbook, I did not make this recipe up on my own…. besides recipes are meant to be shared 🙂 )

Almond Butter Cups

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You’ll need:

1 bag of chocolate chips (around 10 – 12 oz)

2 tablespoons of almond milk (or you can used regular milk too)

a dash of salt

1 cup of almond butter (creamy is what I used but I bet crunchy is good too!)

1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)

mini muffin cups (it makes around 16 ..give or take)

How To:

Line your mini muffin tin with about 16 muffin liners. Pour out 1/2 of chocolate chips into a small bowl and melt the chocolate (I melted mine in the microwave for about a min , but I’m sure you can used a double boiler or stove top.) Once chocolate is melted, sir and then coat the mini cup liners with a layer of chocolate (around 1 teaspoon).

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Chill chocolate liners in fridge for about 10 min (or until hardened). Meanwhile, in a small bowl , mix the almond butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract milk and salt together. Once the chocolate shells are hard and chilled, fill with the almond butter mixture and chill in fridge again while your melting the rest of the chocolate.

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Melt the rest of the chocolate and pour on top of each cup covering the almond butter mixture. Chill for about 10 min and Ta-da! you have delicious Almond Butter Cups! YAY.