Back and at ’em!

Whew! Back to school this year was a rough one. It took me almost a month to get back into the swing of things. In early August I started three huge things all at the same time: teaching, grad school, and Cross Fit.

Before I started eating Paleo (weekdays), I made the most amazing oat parfait I have ever made.

Behold, Carrot Cake Oat Partfait:

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What you’ll need:

 1/3 c Oats

1 c Water

1/4 c Shredded Carrots

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 Egg Whites

2 tsp Vanilla

1 T Chia Seeds

Stevia

1Plain Greek Yogurt

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Directions: In a pot bring water to a boil. Add oats, cinnamon, and carrots. Let cook. Once oats are cooked, removed from heat for 2 minutes. Add egg whites and return to low heat to allow egg whites to cook. Depending on how sweet you like it, add stevia to taste ( I used 5 drops), 1 tsp Vanilla, and chia seeds. For the yogurt, mix greek yogurt (I used Fage), 1 tsp Vanilla, and Stevia to taste. You may want to add more Vanilla depending on how you like it. Layer oats and yogurt in a container and let chill overnight. Top with pecans in the morning. You’re in for a treat!

It was like having cake for breakfast!

Mango Coconut Cold Oats Parfait

With school about to be in full swing, I am all about easy breakfasts I can prepare for the week. I created this on accident and fell immediately in love. I like overnight oats,  I’m crazy about steel cut oats, and Greek yogurt is my  jam. I took a little part of each to make this fabulous oat parfait.

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What you’ll need:

1/3 C Steel Cut Oats

1 C Water

1 Egg White

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Coconut Extract

Stevia

1 T Chia Seeds

1 Container of Chobani Mango Yogurt

Frozen Mango

Directions: In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add oats and let cook. Remove from heat for a couple of minutes. Add egg white and stir. Return to low heat allowing the egg white to cook through. Add vanilla, coconut extract, stevia, and chia seeds. In a mason jar (or container) put half of the oats. On top of that put the mango yogurt and then the rest of the oats. Top with some mango and put the jar in the fridge overnight.

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I was shocked this morning how good it tasted. After I cooked the oats last night and added everything to them, they were a little thick so I needed to add some almond milk to get it moving. I probably added about 2 tablespoons, nothing crazy!

I already made a different one for breakfast tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Friday Favorites — I love the 90’s

First, I had the simplest, most delicious breakfast this morning.

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Yogurt bowl (Plain Chobani + Coconut Extract + Stevia + Unsweetened Coconut + Blueberries + Coconut Peanut Butter) with an apple. It was perfect after a tough workout this morning. I did a legs workout I got here (Week 1, Workout 2) but adapted it slightly to fit my needs.

Friday Favorites

This past week I have noticed that I have been obsessing about the 90’s, specifically movies and music.

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One of my favorite 90’s movies, She’s All That, my friends and I watched one night. What a blast from the past seeing actors when they just started out.

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On Pandora I have been playing 90’s Country Radio. I just love that station more than words can explain. Travis Tritt,  Clint Black, and Blackhawk have been filling my radio waves. I love 90’s country.

Aside from my 90’s obsession this week, my coconut obsession has been in full swing. This past week I found Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter on big time sale at Harris Teeter.

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I had been eyeing this peanut butter for a while now and finally bought after the sale price I could not pass up. It’s the perfect addition to oatmeal, apples, and yogurt or just to eat straight out of the jar.

I have the next week off before we start the school year up again. I bought a bunch of Mary Kay Andrews books on sale, I love her books. Savannah Breeze is my favorite book she has written and is a perfect beach read!

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This week I started Ladies Night and I cannot put it down.

Happy Friday!

My Go To Breakfast

As much as I love breakfast, sometimes I don’t have time to make it in the morning but I wouldn’t dare skip it. The world, let alone Charleston, does not want me walking around sans breakfast. Whenever I am in a crunch, I always have a waffle with peanut butter and a yogurt.

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Today I had a Mango Chobani yogurt with a Vans Multigrain Waffle (topped with Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter + Honey + Unsweetened Coconut).

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Sometimes I top my waffle with bananas and different nutter butter but today I was digging the coconut. Three things I always have in my apartment are Vans Waffles, Greek Yogurt, and Nutter Butter. Target and a couple local grocery stores have great sales on these waffles and Chobani yogurt and you better believe I take advantage of those sales and stock up for these certain occasions.