Because, oatmeal.

It’s no secret here how much I dig oatmeal.  Oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal in my smoothies, oatmeal on the go muffins, oatmeal and wine…

(It could work, no?)

This recipe is a bit of a game changer.  Mostly because it’s so simple to make, only really two ingredients, and it feels like a treat, but it’s healthy!

And oatmeal!  More oatmeal.

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Two Ingredient “Cookies”

Ingredients:

  • Two ripe bananas (the browner the better!)
  • 1 cup of oatmeal

Additions:

Just making these cookies with two ingredients is perfect, but you can (and as seen above, I DID) add in a couple other fun things!

Some ideas:

  • Cinnamon!  I love cinnamon, and always add it into my oatmeal, so this one is good here
  • A dash of vanilla
  • Um, chocolate chips (as seen above).  Because chocolate chips and oatmeal, how can you go wrong?
  • Peanut butter, or PB2
  • Hazelnut butter
  • Raisons
  • Nuts
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Chia seeds

Super Easy Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mash up the bananas really good.  Add in vanilla here if you are going to be crazy and go for that addition.  I suggest it!

3. Add in the oats!  Mmmm oats!

4. Throw in any other additions you feel like here.

5. Put these babies on a baking sheet, however big or small you’d like to make them, and bake for about 10-12 minutes until a little springy to the touch.

And enjoy!  These “cookies,” with the two ingredients are probably about 400 calories for a whole batch. One afternoon, my husband and I split a whole batch, which is a healthy afternoon snack, or could be a really easy grab and go breakfast, or just a little something to nibble on before a work out for some energy.  Adding in the chocolate chips feels decadent and it’s still something you can do and feel pretty damn good about because the base of the “cookie” is healthy and clean, with no added sugar or fat.

Try these babies out and let me know what you think!  Super easy and so yummy.  You’re going to find yourself willing your green bananas to go brown fast!, just so you can whip a batch of these up!

Do you have a recipe for a healthy sweet something, that sounds like it would be not so great for you, but actually is?

 

Snow day!

My morning started off with a yummy bowl of oatmeal today…

IMG_1364I made this morning’s oats with a little coconut oil, added a half of banana, some chia seeds and hemp seeds for a topping, and mixed in a little maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.  I always top it off with a spec of almond milk to make it all a little creamier.  I LOVE oatmeal; it’s one of my favorite breakfasts and there are so many ways to crank it up a couple notches from straight up plain oatmeal!  Do you have some favorite toppings?

I guess most everyone has probably heard about the big ole blizzard of a storm that we’re getting slammed with here in Boston.  It’s been a bit of a whammy so far, but thankfully both my husband and I were able to work from home, and we’re cozy inside with lots of good eats and drinks on hand.

My office today looks like this:

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This scene is a far reach from the office/clinic environment I usually work in, but I’m definitely not complaining!  We cancelled all of our patients for today, other than the ones that were scheduled for surgeries.  Thankfully we were able to do this to save them from having to make the trek in, and us too! All that’s left to really do today is be available for phone calls.  So patients are still able to call in should they need anything, and all the nurses are working from home and checking our messages throughout the day.  So far it hasn’t been too bad at all, giving us the chance to make a few trips outside to shovel, and to watch the never ending news coverage on The! Blizzard! of 2015! #omg!

Speaking of shoveling, I read this article on Huffington Post today, about how to get “an actual workout” while shoveling snow.  Um, because just shoveling itself isn’t enough of an actual workout, right?  I actually did keep an eye on how long we’ve been out there today digging out. Did you know that on average, a 155 lb person burns about 230 calories per half hour shoveling?  Add in some squats and shovel lunges like this article suggests, and holy hell, your neighbors will think you’re a nut job, you’ll burn some serious calories!

Shoveling actually is a pretty killer workout, squats and lunges aside.  I was thinking last night when I knew I’d have a day off today that I’d have time to do a good workout at home, but turns out I opted out of that for a few rounds of shoveling instead.  Already, we’ve been out there an hour and a half, and it’s still coming down…

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Thankfully this stuff is pretty light and fluffy, but it’s so windy out that it’s blowing all around, and it’s hard to gauge how much we’ve really got going on out there!  Seems like close to eighteen inches maybe?, with snow piles up to about four feet!

I love/hate how whenever there’s a big storm like this, it’s ALL that anyone talks about, the only thing on TV, the news people having a field day with it all!  It makes you wonder what they’re doing when there isn’t any snow?  And not for nothing, but this news coverage cut into a little Farmer Chris Bachelor watching last night, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Well, that’s about it going on here today.  A pretty quiet day all things considered.

Oh yeah!  One more thing!  I want to share about this really yummy soup I made for dinner last night that we’re enjoying leftovers of today.  I highly recommend this one, from one of my favorite sites, Skinnytaste.  This is one of my go-to sites for quick and easy and really healthy and damn yummy meals and appetizers, and even desserts!  I bought her cookbook right before Christmas and gave my mom a copy as well. There’s SO many great recipes both on her site and in her book; you should definitely check it out!

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Lasagna Soup

I hope that you’re enjoying your day today!  Are you snowed in?  Enjoying some calmer weather? What are some of your favorite thinks to do when it’s blizzarding outside?

I think I’ll go make some cookies… afterall… the shovel lunges, the calorie burn… it is all about balance here right?