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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.

 

 

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/

Curried Coconut Chicken and Veggies

I love curry. I love coconut, yes I do. I love them together, how 'bout you?

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This recipe contains chicken, but you can substitute tofu or tempeh. Another option is to just eat it veggie-style.

Curried Chicken with Veggies

Ingredients

3 Tbsp curry powder divided 1/2 tsp salt 6 organic boneless, skinless thighs cut into thirds 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil 1 large onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 Tbsp ginger root, minced 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 Tbsp honey 2 cups organic chicken (or veggie) broth 1 cup organic coconut milk (out of a can, I use full-fat because why not) 2 large organic carrots, sliced to 1/2-inch pieces 1 large yam or sweet potato, cut into 1-inch cubes 6 large kale or chard leaves, de-stemmed, rinsed and sliced 1 package organic frozen mixed veggies

Instructions

1) Combine 2 Tbsp curry powder and sea salt in a bowl. Add chicken/tofu and turn to cover evenly. Allow to sit in fridge for up to 1 hour.

2) Melt coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat.

3) Add onion, garlic and minced ginger root. Stir for about 2 minutes. Add remaining curry powder, protein, cayenne and honey. Cook for about 5 more minutes then add chicken broth and coconut milk.

4) Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer. Add carrots and sweet potatoes, cover the pot and cook until the veggies are tender, about 13 minutes. Add package of mixed veggies and allow them to thaw and cook, then add greens and simmer until they are softened. Serve over rice, quinoa or millet in a bowl.