Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

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Oh, what a glorious morning! Today is the first day of Spring that I could put on a spring dress and walk out the door without putting on a jacket. Sun, warmth, happiness. Elle could not wait to go play outside! Shaun took her outside without shoes on and every time that he would try to put her feet on the ground she would lift them up, squeel and hold on tight to him! She loves being outside, but has not yet conquered her fear of the grass on her feet. Once she got her shoes, though, there was no stopping her! That girl is fast! We ended up going on a walk and wound up at the playground where we let her wear some of her energy off. We knew it was time to head home when she started nodding off as I was swinging with her on my lap.

How did I fuel my baby girl for outdoor play time? With some delicious Carrot Cake Overnight Oats, of course. Usually Elle doesn’t eat that much at breakfast time, but today she ate her oats, followed by some giant strawberries, toast with black currant preserves, and yogurt. I think she might be going through a growth spurt. Just maybe.

If you, too, would like to fuel yourself for the day, or are just in the mood for a quick and tastey breakfast, here is what you will need:

Ingredients:

-1 cup of steel cut oats
-1/2 to 3/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk (You could use coconut milk or dairy milk, if you’d like. Also, depending on your desired consistancy, I would reccomend starting with only 1/2 cup and going from there.)
-1/2 cup apple sauce (I used Mott’s Fruitsations unsweetened cherry-berry-carrot.)
-1/2 grated carrots
-1 tablespoon craisins or raisins (I used a little of both)
-2 tablespoons maple syrup
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Mix all ingredients together. Store oatmeal in a sealed container like a mason jar, or an empty peanut butter jar. Refrigerate over night so that the oats soak up all the moisture and flavour. When you are ready to eat, you can heat it up in the microwave for a minute, which really unleashes the sents and flavour of the spices! It is also good just cold, as it is. I topped mine off with some shredded coconut and extra raisins, and a little drizzle of maple syrup. SO. GOOD.

Nutritional Information Per 1 Serving (2 Servings for the total recipe)

Calories: 285

Carbohydrates: 54g

Fat: 4g

Protein: 7g

Sugar: 20g

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

-Rianna

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Immunity Boosting Super Smoothie

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I am writing this post as study break activity. Holy moly! My brain has been going crazy and anytime I read the word GMO in my notes, my brain changes it into an acronym for ‘Get Me Out’! That is the level of I have reached. I cannot wait for exams to be done. To top it off, Elle and I are both suffering from the “sicky wickies”. Anytime I have to write exams, I end up catching some form of bug. It’s like whenever I need my body to be in full function, my immune system says, “yeah, right!” It goes like this:

Stress from exams (or anything) = higher cortisol levels than normal
Higher cortisol levels = lower immune response
Lower immune response = more likely to end up catching a bug

So what to do to feel better? First, let me tell you, moms do not get days off. This means, if you get the chance to nap, take it. Your body needs rest. Give it rest. Second, hydration is your foundation! Drink up that water! I love drinking coconut water, especially because it is great for re-hydration, and gives your immune system a good boost. Elle loves chewing on ice (not sure why) so I froze some coconut water with a bit of honey in it (good for soothing sore throats) and let her suck on those. For some reason she loves it like that, but won’t drink it just plain. Lastly, my secret to fighting the dreadful cold: My Immunity Booster Super Smoothie. Here is what you’ll need:

-1 cup of spinach , loosely packed (full of antioxidants that help in producing white blood cells…the most important part of our immune systems!)
-1 small banana (too many health benefits to list, but the main one I’ll point out is they are high in Vitamin B-6, which also helps in the production of white blood cells)
-1 Mandarin orange (Vitamin C, which shortens duration of colds)
-1/4 cup strawberries (Vitamin C)
-1 tsp honey (antibacterial properties for sore throat)
-2 tsp flax seeds (anti-inflammatory properties)
-1 tsp freshly grated ginger (relieves pain, fights viruses)
-1 tbsp lemon juice (Vitamin C, and it is also supposed to have calming properties which relieve tiredness, anxiety, tension, etc.)
– 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Vitamin D, a mood booster, and immunity booster)

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I hope this helps anyone who (unfortunately) is fighting off a cold. This is also great just to give your immune system a boost when it may need one. You know, when everyone around you seems to be sniffling. And don’t fear its rich green colour. I know so many people who turn down smoothies that are unusual colours, but this is so tropical tasting! Elle even gave it her seal of approval, so you know it’s good stuff!

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Nutritional Information (For whole smoothie):
Calories: 186
Carboydrates: 42g
Fat: 2g
Protein: 5g
Sugar: 25g

Feel well, all!
-Rianna