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chocolate strawberry ‘frosty’

This morning I woke up and it was hot out!  Good thing I had prepped some overnight oats last night for a refreshing breakfast.

In the mix (prepped the night before):

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup hempmilk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana, chopped

Stir everything together, cover and set in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, you will get a thicker oatmeal to enjoy!

This morning, I topped my oats with Fig N’ Nuts granola, a drizzle of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (which is awesome!!!), and some cacao nibs.

I gobbled this up right away!  It kept me full until lunch.

In my overnight oats, I used Living Harvest HempmilkLiving Harvest sent me a few coupons to try out their hempmilk, so I was definitely up for trying it.  I bought the unsweetened vanilla this time around.  It has a definite ‘hemp’ taste to it, so I don’t love it alone.  But, mixed into smoothies or overnight oats, it tastes delicious.

From their website:  Our products are made from shelled hemp seeds grown sustainably on Canadian farms, without the use of pesticides.

The ingredients are comparable to other non-dairy milks as well.

I plan to try a few other flavor’s of their hempmilk and other products, so I will be sure to review them as well.

On to lunch…

I made up a batch of soup last night to eat throughout this week.  I find that lunches are so much easier if prepped in advance.  Otherwise, it is easy to forget to pack your lunch or eat an unhealthy lunch!

Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mixcontains green split peas, yellow split peas, barley, lentils and vegetable pasta (semolina wheat flour, dehydrated spinach and tomato).

I cooked the soup according to the package instructions and added a little salt, pepper and italian seasoning.

For lunch today, I heated up the cooked soup and added 1/2 of a sliced avocado to the top.

Next time, I need to add more seasoning, as this was quite bland!!

For an afternoon snack, I made quite the treat. 🙂

Chocolate Strawberry ‘Frosty’

Serves 2

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 heaping tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • dash of vanilla
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used hemp milk)

Blend together using a Vita-Mix or high powered blender.  If using a blender, you might need to add more milk.  Just add a little at a time.  The smoothie should be thick, like a frosty!!

This was delicious!!  A perfect afternoon treat. 🙂

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north fork of long island – weekend eats

We had a busy, but fun weekend in New York!  I have a lot to tell you guys about, so I will split it up into multiple posts the next few days.

Saturday morning we were up early to catch a ferry to the North Fork of Long Island.  If you have never been there, I really recommend it.  Their are quaint towns and lots of vineyards. 🙂  Plus, while you are there, you could take a trip across Shelter Island and to the Hamptons for some more fun!

I was feeling like I needed a pick-me-up to get going, so I mixed up a Green Monster Smoothie for the ride.

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup almond milk

This was not my favorite, but I slurped it down anyways…

Once at the ferry I got out my overnight oats that I had mixed up last night.

Last night, I mixed up 1/3 cut oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 4 oz vanilla yogurt, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 heaping tbsp unsweetened dried coconut and 1/2 banana.  It sat in the fridge overnight and was a perfect breakfast for our ferry ride.  It really thickens up overnight which makes the mixture the perfect dish to travel with. 🙂

Before eating, I topped it with 1/4 cup Kaia Raisin Cinnamon Granola.

We arrived in Greenport, NY and headed straight to the Greenport Tea Company for some tea!

We split the most delicious Orange Cranberry Scone and I had their Secret Stash Tea – a mixture of vanilla, caramel and white chocolate.  Delicious!

I love when tea shops use gorgeous teacups!

After meeting up with Brant’s parents, aunt and uncle, we spent the afternoon at a few vineyards (full posts to come!) and ended up at Chef Noah’s in Greenport, NY for dinner.

It was a very modern restaurant with a lot to choose from on the menu.  I particularly liked it because they offered a variety of ‘tastes’ and ‘small plates’ along with entrees.  The small plates were a decent size for me to order a few for my meal, and there were a number of veggie options!

(I have to show you Brant’s choices too because they looked so good!)

I started with the Roasted Beet Salad served with local goat cheese from a farm down the street!

Brant started with the Crab Taco’s – how cute are they?!

For my ‘entree’, I ordered 2 more ‘small plates’ – Roasted Asparagus, which was super garlicky…

And, the Carrot Risotto served with the same local goat cheese.

Brant ordered the Lobster Roll which looked amazing!

It was a great dinner.  Good atmosphere, good company and great prices!

After dinner we walked around the dock and stumbled upon this cool piece of artwork standing above the harbor.

The bird is an Osprey which stands on one of the posts from the World Trade Center.  It is pretty cool.

More of the weekend to come…

glouchester boat ride

We spent the day in Glouchester, MA on Sunday with some friends.  We chatted, ate and sailed on a boat!

I started the day with some Overnight Oats as fuel for the day, since I am never sure while out and about what type of food I will want to eat.  I mean, there is always food to eat, but I like healthy, good-for-you-food, and sometimes in a group that is hard to come by!

Overnight oats with 1/3 cup oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup banana mango yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk.  Stir and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Topped with a champagne mango and granola.

Once in Glouchester, we stopped at an adorable tea shop for a treat!

I ordered the veggie juice, which was full of veggies – and delicious!!

After strolling around for awhile, it was lunch time.

We sat on the patio since it was such a gorgeous day.

I ordered the Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Salad, which was awesome!  (But, unpictured)

Then, it was time for our boat ride!

We all purchased Groupons for this ride and we are so glad we did!  It was so much fun to be out on the water with friends on a nice day!  The Captain and Crew of the ship were hilarious and did a great job of keeping everyone happy and well accommodated with snacks and beer.

Such a fun way to spend a low-key Sunday!

avocados, cucumbers, oats & bbq’s

Two of my most favorite things are avocado and cucumber, especially in the summer.  Cucumbers are so refreshing.  They contain a lot of water which will help to keep you hydrated and they taste good so many different ways.

This week, I was searching some blogs for recipes and came across and Avocado Cucumber Smish Smash from Kristen, so obviously I had to try it out!  Check out her website for the full recipe, but I will tell you that it only contains 4 ingredients!

It is so simple, refreshing and delicious!  You definitely want to give it a try.

I used a whole cucumber and 1 avocado for mine and made a meal out of it on top of a sprouted wheat bagel.

It was really good.

Back up to breakfast…

Thursday night I prepped some overnight oats to enjoy Friday morning and placed them into the fridge to ‘sleep’.

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (i used banana mango!)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 sliced banana

I mixed everything up and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  When I was ready for breakfast, I pulled out a delicious bowl of cold oats.

Topped with a super ripe champagne mango and homemade chai granola.

Chia seeds are a miracle worker…they make the overnight oats!  It was great and really filling.

Dinnertime rolled around and I was ready for some BBQ-ing!  It is perfect BBQ weather today, so we were psyched.

Apps – Hummus, Salsa and Chips

Has anyone tried these chips from TJ’s?  They are great!

And, the main course!

Wild Rice Waldorf Salad, Green Salad with CSA lettuce and honey balsamic dressing and a veggie burger for me!

Lots of good stuff.  I love Friday night’s at home!

overnight oats

Last night, Brant and I feasted on a simple dinner – Veggie Omelets!

The other night some friends mentioned that they sometimes eat omelet’s for dinner, and I could not stop thinking about them!  So, I gave into my craving and whipped up a super simple dinner.

Two egg omelet with spinach, red pepper, broccoli, red pepper & artichoke spread and mozzarella cheese.

And a slice of Raisin Pecan bread with Mango Butter.

This was delicious!

This morning I was up bright and early for a spinning class.  My favorite instructor teaches on Thursday mornings, and I have missed it the past few weeks, so this morning I was determined.

But, when I got to the gym 30 minutes early, the class was full!  I was bummed…but, I made due and ran for an hour, then did a 20 minute cool-down on the elliptical.

I am usually cutting it close when I take the spinning class because I need to race around to get ready for work since it ends later than normal.  Therefore, I set up my breakfast and packed my lunch last night.

For breakfast, I tried something new – Overnight Oats!

Last night before going to bed, I put the following into a bowl:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

And, mixed it up.

I covered the bowl and placed it in the fridge to sleep.

This morning, after I raced back from the gym, I rushed to the fridge to look at my concoction…

WOW!  It worked!  The oats absorbed the liquid, and made a creamy mess.  I mixed it up and added some toppings, just as I would do to oatmeal and yogurt – 1/2 sliced banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp berry jam and a sprinkle of raspberry granola.

This was great.  I can’t really compare it to oatmeal because it tasted so different to me.  Different in a good way, almost like I had just mixed oatmeal into yogurt.  I think it may be a good alternative to oatmeal in the summer.  I love how the chia seeds gelled up and made the mix thicker and creamier.

I also had some tea to warm me up!  It’s chilly out today.

Looks like a busy day ahead!