Day 4: 30 Days of Unprocessed Food

Breakfast this morning was delicious. Overnight oats with chia seeds, banana, and a dollop of creamy peanut butter for a protein boost. For those of you who have never had Overnight Oats, you don't know what you are missing! The basic premise of Overnight Oats is mixing oats with milk and refrigerating overnight. There is no cooking involved. By not cooking the oats, you are keeping all nutrients 100% intact which makes for a highly nutritious breakfast. After adding your oats and milk, the rest is up to you. Add fruit puree, raisins, nuts, vanilla, peanut butter, coconut flakes, and whatever the heck you feel like! We always put chia seeds in our oats prior to refrigerating. Chia seeds are my new favorite superfood. Not only are they full of fiber, packing in 4 grams per tablespoon; they are also chock full of Omega 3s. Step aside wild salmon! I highly recommend chia seeds as part of your everyday routine. Add them to pancake batter, muffins, chili, soup, casseroles, and oatmeal. They have almost twice the amount of Omega 3s as flaxseeds. If you are not eating chia seeds, now is the time to start! I call them "crunchies" and add them to my daughters cereal almost every morning. She loves them. No matter what your stage of life, everyone benefits from Omega 3s. They contribute to heart health and cognitive development.  You can find Chia seeds in the bulk section of most major farmer's market grocers.

Homemade Ice Cream! Recipe will be Coming Soon!

 We survived day 4 and we are going strong. I spent a large majority of my day in the kitchen trying to create a few new recipes. I was only successful in one new recipe. I have a healthy, creamy, delicious ice cream recipe coming soon! We allowed Sophia to have a scoop after dinner, and she was in heaven!  I was worried that our dinner tonight would not be very satisfying, but it turned out to be a great meal for a warm Spring evening. When my husband was in school, we used to eat in the student union quite frequently, and veggie wraps were a staple dinner. To this day, I still love a thick spread of hummus on wraps and sandwiches. I am always amazed when I try to find hummus at the grocery store that doesn't have added ingredients. Several brands contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes! So disappointing. My favorite brand is Doctor Hummus. This hummus is locally made here in Phoenix and it tastes so fresh! Probably because it is not preserved with anything. We used the artichoke hummus tonight. These are the ingredients: garbanzo beans, artichokes, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt. That's it! 

Day 4:
Breakfast: Over night oats with chia seeds and peanut butter.
Lunch: Leftover vegetable stirfry with rice and garbanzo beans.
Snack: Apple rings with peanut butter.
Dinner: Hummus and veggie wrap (avocado, bell pepper, tomato, cheese.
Dessert: Strawberries with organic whipped cream sweetened with honey.

Kellie  – (May 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM)  

The oatmeal looks amazing! What kind of oats do you use?

Kellie  – (May 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM)  

Also, how do you make it? How much milk per oats?

Delia  – (May 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM)  

Kellie, thank you for your comment! I use organic rolled oats. I don't think this recipe would work with steel cut oats, although I would love to try it. I use a 2:1 ratio of oats to milk. For James and I, I usually use 1 cup oats and 2 cups milk. We add chia seeds at night before we refrigerate everything and then we add other toppings in the morning :)

Kellie  – (May 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM)  

Thanks! I tried some last night with a 1:1 ratio, I will try it the other way next time. It was really good and I don't really like oatmeal. I love that you make it the night before too!

BTW...your husband played the piano at my wedding in February :)

Delia  – (May 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM)  

Kellie, I'm glad the oatmeal turned out well. I thought James had played at your wedding, but I wasn't sure:) I hope marriage is treating you well!

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