Coconut Raspberry Steel-Cut Oats

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!  With yesterday being a holiday, I actually got a break from my 7-day work/school schedule and it. was. GLORIOUS.  It’s back to the schedule today, though, and like I said last week, planning is key.  I made up my shopping list yesterday and hit up Earth Fare for some groceries and was able to find some really good stuff!  Am I the only one who gets more excited in a supermarket than a mall?  Possibly, but I’m okay with that!  I got home and wrote out all my meals on my kitchen board so there will be no meal confusion this week!

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As you can see, I’m a bit of an organizational…. “enthusiast”.  Yeah, let’s go with that.  With work, school, and everything in between though, being organized (especially in regards to nutrition) is what keeps me going!  This simple meal calendar only takes me about 15 minutes to create on Sundays during my lunch break at work (yeah for multitasking!) and it really 1)eliminates the stress of what the heck I’m going to eat each day on the go and 2) saves me tons of money, since if I didn’t pack my food, I’d be scouting out all the Chipotles and Pita Pits I could!

A wonderful surprise happened on Sunday: a ton of apples were donated at work for the horses.  Like, a whole big crate of them.  How is this beneficial to me?  Well, so many were donated that we weren’t going to be able to  use them all before they’d go bad.  I obviously volunteered to take them off their hands. Nothing beats fresh apple juice!  It’s like dessert!

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Okay, you’re probably wondering where the heck this steel-cut oats recipe is!  A little background first: so I bought a canister of oats a few weeks ago, not reading the label.  When I got home, I realized they were steel-cut oats, and when I opened the canister, it did NOT look like the oatmeal I was familiar with.  I was so confused!  I bought it though, so I was going to eat it.  I let it simmer for a half hour just like the directions told me to and….. They were insanely good!  I’ve been on an oat kick ever since, and I’ve found that a few unlikely ingredients have made for one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever made!

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Coconut Raspberry Steel-cut Oats

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (make it yourself here)
  • handful of pumpkin seeds
  • small handful organic raspberries
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut butter (or coconut shreds)

 

  1. Bring the water and the milk to a boil.
  2. Add in oats and coconut and reduce to low/medium heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Do some yoga or paint your nails while you wait. (your kitchen will start to smell amazing)
  4. Pour into a bowl and add in pumpkin seeds and raspberries.
  5. Savor the foodgasm and sing my praises.

This breakfast is delicious, filling, and energizing!  It’ll keep you going till lunch, I promise you!  You can always experiment with different fruits, or added sweeteners if you’ve got a little sweet tooth going on in the morning. I’ve added apricots to this recipe before and it has been awesome as well!

Stay healthy and Happy Juicing!

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When life gives you Apples… You Better Get Your Juicer Out!

Ahhhhh…. Happy Lazy Sunday everyone!  Well, as lazy as it can be, anyways.  My idea of lazy still entails a run, some yoga, and, of course, blogging!  A quick 2-mile jog this morning was over before I knew it, and I had a successful trip to the Sunday Farmer’s Market. Yay! Now I’m home and I’ve got a pretty sweet set up on my couch: a huge salad on my left, my laptop to my right, and a House of Cards marathon on Netflix.  I’d say this is a pretty great day! 

A few days ago, a large donation of apples was dropped off at the animal shelter where I work.  I’m talking like a moving crate, full of apples and pears.  There was no way we would be able to use them all before they went bad, so guess who brought home enough apples to feed an entire elementary school? This girl!  

After washing and cutting everything up, my kitchen was beginning to look like an applesauce factory!  There were apples everywhere!  On my counter top, on the stove, in the sink, I was practically swimming in them! I have to say, it was probably the best apple juice I’ve ever had! At the end of the day, my fridge was full, and my apartment smelled like HEAVEN!  Here’s about half the apples in juice form, hanging out in my fridge!

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I’ve been getting a lot of comments and emails from people letting me know that my recipes look delicious, and they love the idea of juicing, but they just aren’t that savvy in the kitchen.  You wanna talk about kitchen savvy?  This girl, this girl right here, didn’t know how to cook pasta until she could legally drink.  I was 22 when my ex-boyfriend taught me how to cook rice.    And baking?  My mother still doesn’t trust me to use the oven without supervision when I come to visit.  How’s that for kitchen savvy?  Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can make health-conscious, proactive choices about what they put in their bodies!  Even the (sort-of) grown-ups who need parental supervision in their own kitchens!  I’ve learned a TON in the past year about food and how to prepare it, so don’t be discouraged!  I’m STILL learning the ropes, and I still mess up recipes on a daily basis!  It’s all about the journey though, and I would much rather be putting whole, natural foods into my body than a processed, refined frozen dinner. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m by no means an expert chef, and by no means should anyone feel intimidated, especially by me of all people.  In the beginning, it was so easy to get frustrated with even the simplest recipes and run down to Cosmic Dave’s for a sandwich instead.  Now, I would much rather stick it out in the kitchen and eat something made from scratch, where I know every ingredient I’m eating, rather than eat some questionable, pre-packaged whatchamacallit full of refined sugars and hydrogenated oils.  Cooking doesn’t have to be some stressful terror at the end of a long day.  It can become a de-stressor, something to look forward to at the end of a crazy day, if you let it.  Cooking can be calming, relaxing, an escape.  That’s what it has become for me, and I get more comfortable in the kitchen each day! Plus, fresh food just looks so gorgeous! Have a great Lazy Sunday, and remember that it’s never too late to make a change!

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Stay healthy everyone!