Overnight oats are big in the healthy eating blog world. I have tried them twice. First time, not so great, but the second time wasn’t bad. Here’s a link to my old blog address that has the details.
Hubby had finished up his jar of peanut butter (we have separate jars because I do the natural kind, he does the regular chunky JIF) so instead of throwing it away, I made some overnight oats. This time I can say I really enjoyed it.
I did a google search as usual and came up with this recipe from a blog called Parsley, Sage and Sweet. As usual I changed it up a little bit.
Overnight Oats in an almost-empty PB Jar (adapted from here)
1 almost empty jar of peanut butter 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/2 cup milk (I chose coconut milk) 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1. Dump the oats in the almost empty peanut butter jar. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on top of the oats. Stir together the milk and yogurt, then pour on top of the oats. Put the cover back on the peanut butter jar tightly and shake it vigorously.
2. Put the covered jar in the fridge overnight, The next morning, open up the jar and stir it all together, digging the peanut butter up from the bottom and around the sides. Stir in fruit if you like – raspberries would be great, or swirl your favorite jam, jelly or preserves into it. If you prefer your oatmeal warm, give it a nuke in the microwave for a minute or two.
I didn’t stir any fruit or jam in, but that would have tasted great. You can also add whatever you want to the jar the night before, like flax seed or chia seeds. I went against my instinct and put it in the microwave for a little bit to heat it up, and the jar warped. I hate putting plastic in the microwave, I just think about all the nasty chemicals from the plastic leaching into the food. So don’t put it in too long. You could always transfer the oats to a glass bowl, but the beauty of this is that you can just throw away the container when you’re done, no dishes besides the spoon!
So that was breakfast yesterday. Lunch yesterday was a repeat turkey sandwich with spinach and Havarti. As usual we were tired last night so nothing much for supper. I had a partial bag of raw cut-up veggies that I steamed for a couple minutes then sautéed in some garlic oil with some corn (from Sunday night) and salt and pepper.
Look at that steam coming off. Besides the corn, there are carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and a couple radishes in there.
I had a bowl of frozen cherry berry mix on the side. Working on my fruit and veggie servings for the day! Oh, and a couple servings of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Gotta work in that dairy.
Today was the first Tuesday we took Tyler to daycare. Usually we just keep him home since we split up the workday, but we just can’t get much done anymore and I’m falling behind on work. I felt bad, but I know he’s having fun playing with his friends.
I did want to get him a little extra mommy time, so I dressed him up in warm clothes and we went on a walk early this morning. He absolutely LOVES to go outside. You say the word outside or walk and he runs to get his shoes. He always tries to push open the door because he can’t wait to go outside.
Hurry up Mom!!
I love his little sneakers. We had a great time playing at the park and going for a nice, brisk walk.
After I dropped him off at daycare, I went straight to the gym. I’ve been neglecting my boot camp workouts lately to do my own cardio, so today I got back on track and did a weight set. It felt great. The structure of the workouts were a strength move with a heavy weight for 8 reps, then lowering the weight and going until fatigue. Then in between sets I had to do an active recovery move for 90 seconds, like double crunches or high knees. I especially felt it in my shoulders with the fatigue part of the shoulder press set. This was probably my favorite workout yet of this round of boot camp.
Right when I got home, I had made a recovery smoothie, since all I had for breakfast was some of Tyler’s yogurt and a handful of Crispix.
My smoothie had frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, a kiwi, spinach, scoop of protein powder and coconut milk to thin it out.
Here it is blended up- see, you can’t even see the spinach!!
It hit the spot. I really liked the kiwi in there, made it a little tart.
I was super productive this morning, which was great. One of the many things I accomplished was grocery shopping. I was in the tortilla section, and I was reminded of a wrap we had at a seminar we were at a couple weekends ago. It was a wrap with deli meat, cheese and a dill pickle- simple, right?
Which in turn reminded me of those dried beef and cream cheese wrapped pickles that you see at appetizers at parties. I love those things.
This is my interpretation. Start with a whole wheat tortilla, spread a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese on it (I used original Swiss), place three pieces of deli meat over the cheese (I used Hormel’s no preservative honey ham), layer some baby spinach over that, and top with a dill pickle (or two).
Each one ends up being about 250 calories. The picture is just of one wrap cut in half, so they are pretty good size. It was salty deliciousness.
After a busy afternoon in the clinic, we took a family walk with Tyler. Went to the park again since he loves it. Today he ran to the big slide, but needed Hubby’s help.
I wish you could see his face on this next picture, it was pure joy. He likes to go fast apparently.
That kid is going to wear us out.
When we got home, I fed and bathed Tyler while Hubby worked on the charcoal grill again- wing time!
Threw in a little sweet corn this time since I still have a bunch of it from the batch I cooked up on Sunday. Thanks again Mom and Dad for the corn.
The wings were perfect of course, and I was stuffed. Not too stuffed to enjoy a bowl of frozen cherries for dessert though. I’m all about frozen fruit lately.
Whew. That was a marathon post. Time for charts then bed. Adios my friends.