Cross posting this over here from the new GirlMeetsFitness blog since I’ve been talking about it here too. Wanted to share the greatest that is overnight fridge oats. It’s the lazy mom’s dream breakfast.
So, we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do you eat a decent breakfast every day? Even weekdays when you’re trying to get kids dressed and fed and out the door to school because suddenly it’s time to leave even though you haven’t finished your coffee?
I don’t. Not even close. Usually my son’s leftover poptart crust along with the coffee is my breakfast. So healthy, right? Not so much.
And then I found fridge oats. SO easy you guys! I get everything ready and make 3 or 4 at a time (more if I’m not the only one that’s going to eat them) so they are just in the fridge and ready to go in the mornings.
It’s so easy. At night set up a little fridge oats assembly line. Dump everything you need into containers, stir, and pop in the fridge. Pull one out in the morning and eat! I’m sure you could probably heat it up if you want but I eat them cold.
You will need:
- Containers. I use mason jars but you could easily use little plastic tubs as well.
- Old Fashioned Oats. Don’t be afraid of store brands. SO much cheaper!
- Some kind of milk. I use the Almond Coconut because it’s delicious.
- Greek yogurt. I get the honey or honey vanilla flavor. Again, because it’s delicious.
- Frozen berries, cherries, fruit. You’ll want to chop it if it’s not already small.
- Optional: Chia seeds, PB2 peanut butter powder, cinnamon, honey if you get plain yogurt…
Now, line up your containers and just go down the line adding your ingredients.
~First up, 1/3 cup oats and 1/3 cup milk:
~Next, add in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup fruit. I used blueberries. Cherries are good too.
~Now add in your extras. I put in 1tbs Chia seeds into each jar.
~Using a butter knife or long spoon (this part is easier with a wider plastic tub) stir it all up!
And voila! You’re done. Put lids on the containers and stick them in the fridge. Now you have a yummy breakfast waiting for you in the morning! I know I definitely don’t have the time or desire to make a breakfast with all that in it for myself every morning. It’s so handy to have it all mixed and waiting.
There are about a million ways you can do this too. I made pumpkin spice oats once. In place of fruit put 1/4 can pumpkin puree and a few shakes pumpkin pie spice. Maybe a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup if you’re gettin crazy!) to sweeten it. You could do apple cinnamon as well! Peal some apples, dice them up and add cinnamon. VERY good! Make sure you don’t leave the skin on though. It makes it pretty hard to chew. Trust me. I’m sure you could search Pinterest for other ideas. It’s pretty easy to experiment with different combos. Just keep the oats/milk/yogurt base and fancy it up with whatever you think sounds good!
I just wanted to get on here and update y’all since I feel like I’ve dropped off the planet again. I made the mistake of starting Once Upon a Time on Netflix… 3 seasons at about 22 episodes each…. Life Suck. But I’m almost caught up and can return to real life soon.
Now, onto the real news of the week. I started the 21 Day Fix on Monday (I know, it’s only Wednesday…) and so far, it’s not too bad. I am in the last phase of the Live Fit Trainer so I will be sticking with that for workouts for the month. I have tried a couple of the 21DF workouts at home though and they are great. Reminds me a lot of the 30 Day Shred. Short time, big workout. Good stuff.
The real reason I picked this program though is to control my eating. First, let me say this is not a crazy restrictive diet. I’m not cutting out all carbs or fats, or sugars but instead and learning to control portions. I think I’m going to see results just by having to cut out all my mid day junk grazing. I don’t really eat bad meals it’s all the little things I snack on between those meals that is adding up.
Anyway, the whole thing is based on these containers. Each one stands for a different thing like protein, starches, fruits, veggies…and depending on your calorie intake goals you get so many of each container per day. A great way to spread it all out and have the visual is to use post it notes.
I keep this board in my kitchen so I can see what I’m eating and move things around as needed
I didn’t leave much for dinner this night (Monday) and actually switched the second snack and dinner places since it was a derby practice night. I normally don’t really eat on derby nights…just snack a bunch before going. This time I had a small dinner portion and then ate my snack afterward (no starch though because I ended up eating it earlier)
Day 2 went much better I think. I realized after day 1 where I really need to be eating what things. I had eaten way too much breakfast. Also, 2nd snack is always big because that’s my post workout shake which has fruit, spinach/kale, protein, and coconut milk (counts as a starch/yellow container). With dinner though I’m not sure if it really broke down to what I counted it as but I don’t think it was too far off. And I had a pumpkin oreo. Just 1…
Today is Day 3. So far I’m feeling better and less hangry about it all. I’m not so much hungry as I am just bored snacky…that’s what kills me. I’m trying to just grab my water bottle when I’m bored instead of the little bags of Chips Ahoy.
I did take before photos. We’ll see if there’s any change by Day 21.
*Editing to add I am down 4lbs since starting! That’s a pound a week. Not too shabby!*
We did it! One month down, two to go. We are a third of the way through the Live Fit Trainer. Of course Phase 1 is the ‘easy’ phase. No cardio, just getting you into the habit of lifting weights and eating clean. Phase 2 is a whole new monster. We move from 4-5 days a week in the gym to 6. SIX. We can’t pull that off so we will most likely be dropping a leg day since there are 2. Also, we are adding cardio in after our lifting FOUR days a week.
If things don’t start changing up this month I must be doing something wrong.
So far through Phase 1 the workouts have been great. Some I dislike more than others but over all we are really liking the fact that we focus on a couple body parts a day vs 3 full body days per week. It’s different and I feel like I’m really working those muscles more since the whole day is dedicated to them.
The other half of the program would be diet…or should we call it ‘lifestyle change’. Not really a DIET. You know, eat within 30 minutes of waking up and again every 3 hours. Get your protein, avoid processed stuff…the normal clean eating rules.
I suck at it. I’m so back and forth. One week I’m great! Totally on track and sticking with it and then I have a cheat meal and suddenly I forgot that I ever was eating right.
Phase 2 seems to be a lot of the same with nutrition but beginning to reduce carbs.
Which sounds awful because I really do puffy heart my carbs.
This seems to be the phase that I quit in but I’m dead set on finishing this whole program. I know things will come up and I wont be able to follow it 100% but I will do what I can and make it work for me. Wish me luck.
Not sure if I mentioned it here or not yet but Thomo got me a Ninja blender for my birthday last week! It was a couple days before I could get to the store and buy some smoothie ingredients but since I have I’ve used the blender every day. Very excited about it! The kids and I got into making smoothies before we left Korea. I’d throw spinach in them which made me feel better about their picky eating the rest of the day. Definitely something I want to continue doing but we’ve been here a month and still waiting on our quick shipment from Korea…which has our old blender in it. SO so happy I got a big fancy one now!
I stocked up on spinach and kale, berries, peaches, bananas, mangoes, strawberries…lots of good stuff. I bought most of the fruit frozen already. I washed and bagged up the greens and tossed them in the freezer too then sliced bananas and froze them for a bit on a tray before bagging them up so they didn’t get all stuck together. Now, all I needed was to grab the bags and dump in what I wanted. Too easy! I do know people that individually bag up each day’s smoothie ingredients and freeze it all separately but I’m lazy and didn’t want to do that.
I’ve been making smoothies for lunch usually. Most days I don’t go to the gym until 10am so when I get home I make a smoothie with some protein powder for lunch. I try to either write down or record my recipes on myfitnesspal.com so I can do it again if it’s good. This is what I made today…
I found something on Pinterest that is a general guide to smoothie making. It suggested 1c greens, 2c fruit, 3oz yogurt, 1c liquid, 1/5 scoop protein, and some cinnamon. I skipped out on the protein today and added some flax meal instead. I did end up having to add about 1c more liquid than what it told me to use since it was pretty thick.
1 cup kale
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
about 1 1/2 cups water
2tbs flax meal
a few shakes cinnamon
It was tasty but a little bitter. Still totally drinkable! I ended up repeating this for Thomo later. I left out the yogurt and added in some peanut butter. Super good.
Here is a quick shopping list from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com to get you smoothie ready:
Liquid: Water, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk
Greens: Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards
Fruits: Banana, mango, berries, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, grapes
Extras: Protein powder, chia seeds, flax, nut butters, coconut oil, cinnamon, cocoa
Here is the nutrition info via myfitnesspal.com for the recipe above
I really love smoothies. You can get as creative as you want and come up with a million different flavors.
Something that is also amazing and NOT a smoothie is a juice that the little coffee shop in Korea made. Just half an orange, half a grapefruit, and some water. Add a sweetener if you don’t like it super tart. Blend and voila! Super pulpy fantastic juice. Love. it.