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Hella Good Honey Nut Oats

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Summer's on its way out, friends.

You know what that means? #pumpkineverything

Before that happens, I wanted to share this rad recipe I made last week. I actually said I'd post it sooner but I was caught up prepping the big new drop about my new office. If you don't know what I mean, go check this out.

 

One of the biggest tips I give my clients is quick and better solutions to make eating breakfast easier.

Definitely, definitely make this one as we head into the hectic back-to-school rush, whether you're in school or not, who doesn't love some hella good honey nut oats?! Brings back memories of downing Cheerios brand cereal before heading out the door to school. It sometimes surprises people when I tell them I wasn't raised to eat the way I do now. Don't get me wrong, my mom did a really decent job. Who thought there was anything wrong with boxed cereal? I mean, it has all those health claims on the box, right?

Turns out, it's one of the biggest ways you're wasting your money. Cereal is nothing more than uber-refined flour pressed into shapes. You know the dust at the bottom of the box? Most of the cereal is just that, only it holds its shape longer. There's nothing really nutritious or healthy happening with cereal, it's just really effective marketing that gets you to buy it. No wonder that people eat it and show up to work starved and ready for a frap and croissant around 10am.

Before you know it, you're busting your ass at the gym trying to work off all those calories that haven't really fed you one bit.

Whole foods solves this. Not the company, the real food. Eating whole oats and whole nuts and unrefined sugar is way better for you--I know the cereal tastes good, because it's packed full of sugar. Sugar causes all sorts of issues that you can sidestep by eating less of it.

Take my whole grains vs cereal challenge: Give up cereal for a week. Try this recipe and others with whole grains and real food here on my site and tell me what you notice.

Follow and tag me on Instagram @dillandigi and hashtag #wholegrainsvscereal with your breakfast pictures for a chance to have coffee with me and talk about food and life.

 

Back the recipe, my friends.

 

Hella Good Honey Nut Oats

1/2 cup organic rolled oats 2 cups water

2 Tbsp dried dates, chopped 2 Tbsp dried apricots, chopped 1 Tbsp organic peanut butter 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp organic walnuts, finely chopped 1 Tbsp organic almonds, chopped 1 Tbsp milk of choice (cow, almond, hemp---I would avoid soy, it's shady) 2 tsp organic raw honey 1/8 tsp cinnamon pinch sea salt to taste

 

Combine 1/2 cup dry organic rolled oats with 2 cups water. Store in a tightly sealed contained on the counter overnight.

In the morning, throw the oats in a strainer to drain all the liquid. Add them to a small bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Throw a lid on the container and eat at your desk at work or at home, wherever you are. Chew each bite at least 10 times before swallowing. I'm pretty sure you won't be craving any croissants at 10am.

 

 

Make Your Own Muesli

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Have you been wanting to make your own muesli?

You all know I'm a huge fan of oatmeal. But one recent morning, it was too damn hot to eat oatmeal and I hadn't planned ahead to soak my oats for cooler breakfast consumption.

SO! I decided to make my own muesli. I knew a little bit about what was included (raw oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit) and had just about everything I needed at my house. That's how to do it, folks. For pretty much anything in life. Start with a general idea and do your best.

Why do you want to make yer own muesli?

Muesli is an incredibly delicious, healthy and convenient breakfast option. Heck, you can eat it pretty much any time of day, really. It was first developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician, Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, for the patients at his hospital. He was an early advocate of whole foods and nutrition as the solution to most of what ailed folks. I heartily agree and can testify that the shift toward more whole foods and less refined products in my own diet has greatly improved my overall well-being. Many of you don't know the crap I once ate. I promise to write more about that in subsequent posts because I think it is a big gap in my story of transformation.

Here's my recipe/suggestions for building some kick-ass muesli. You want to have a fun and colorful assortment of dried fruit, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit to be served over/beside/under some fresh yogurt or milk of choice, like unsweetened almond—homemade or store-bought


I wasn't keeping up on my homemade coconut yogurt batches so I bought some incredible homemade Greek yogurt from a local shop—Sherman Market in Somerville which is now CLOSED :(.

It was sure damn tasty but my belly and my sinuses weren't having it. That’s the thing with food: sometimes what we LOVE doesn’t LOVE us back, and we need to adjust accordingly. I'm currently whipping up another batch of homemade coconut yogurt because I think it will be easier for me to digest. 

Another thing you want to consider with your homemade muesli: keep the ingredient amounts to a minimum because, while it's fantastically nutritionally dense it is also mega calorie dense. Make sure you find a nice balance between being full and ready for the day and not overstuffed. Mix the following ingredients together and serve in a bowl over fresh yogurt of your choice.

MAKE YER OWN MUESLI

1/2 cup dry, raw quick oats (some folks use rolled oats. That's a lot of chewing for me.)

1 Tbsp roasted, salted pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)

1 tsp raisins or dried cranberries

1 Tbsp diced, dried apricots (make sure to get unsulphured!)

1 tsp chopped/sliced almonds

OK, I could go on. Here's are a few more tasty ideas:

-chopped walnuts

-chopped dried dates

-dried coconut

-raw cacao nibs

-fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or cherries (OR ALL OF THEM!)


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Healthy Cookie Dough

Friends, I wish I could take credit for coming up with this. I cannot. I CAN, however, take credit for passing it along to you via my pal, Sarah. She found a version of it online which was already pretty awesome. I've made it just a tad healthier.

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There really isn't much more to say that these pictures don't express. Am I right?

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Healthy for you Cookie Dough

1 1/2 cup chickpeas or white beans (1 can, rinsed and drained very well)

1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 tsp pure vanilla extract or more to taste

1/4 cup nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew)

2 Tbsp organic maple syrup or Sucanat**

2 Tbsp organic dark chocolate chips

2 to 3 tbsp rolled oats or ground flaxeeds

*optional* 1/4 milk of choice for desired texture

Combine all ingredient except the chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Serve with carrot sticks or celery for a fun appetizer or graham crackers for dessert!

original recipe can be found at: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/