Banana Cinnamon Coffee Overnight Oats

Banana Cinnamon Coffee Overnight Oats

I love my overnight oats. Sometimes I think I wake up because my oats are calling my name. You might think I’m a bit overly obsessed but let me tell you they are the perfect breakfast to have in the mornings when you don’t have time to/don’t feel like making anything, but don’t want to sacrifice your health. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you better feed your body right, from the start.

I have so many overnight oat recipes that I’ve created, and I’ll share more of them later. But for now, allow me to introduce my go to, BANANA CINNAMON COFFEE overnight oats. As with many of my recipes, each of the ingredients are selected for a purpose, so that the ingredients list doesn’t contain any unnecessary bells and whistles.

Here it is:

Servings: 1

Time: 5 minutes active (yes, actually 5 minutes I timed it :)), 7-8 hours fridge overnight

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp. chia seeds (or sub flax seeds)

1/2 banana

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp instant coffee powder (equivalent to about 1/2 cup coffee worth of caffeine)

1/2 cup + a little bit more almond milk (or milk of choice)

honey to taste

optional toppings: almond slivers, dark chocolate chips, etc.

Instructions:

1.) In a mason jar or some resealable jar, mash the banana. Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, coffee powder, honey, and milk.

2.) Screw on the lid and shake until well combined (or you could be fancy and mix with a spoon).

3.) Pop it in the fridge, and enjoy right out of the jar the next morning! (ideally 7-8 hours in the fridge, but the timing is flexible)

Yeah, that’s it. Just a throw everything in a jar and shake kind of recipe. You DO NOT have to have any kind of cooking skill to make this oatmeal, and it turns out creamy and satisfying every time!! You can heat it up in the morning as well, but I find cold/room temp oats to be just fine. I even have overnight oats for snack sometimes 😛

Let me know if you try out this recipe and your thoughts! Happy oatmeal eating 🙂

Love,

Serena

 

 

3 Overnight Oats Recipes

3 Overnight Oats Recipes

Whenever I have a really late night spent doing homework, I know I won’t be able to sit down and enjoy a long breakfast in the morning because I’ll likely wake up late. My solution used to be to make a really simple breakfast that morning to eat in the car, like an almond butter banana sandwich. But that still took too much time in the mornings. So, my solution this year has been to make overnight oats!

Most of the time, I’ll make chocolate banana oats. I love the banana chocolate combination so much!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup almond milk

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 banana mashed

1 tsp sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.)

1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients in a mason jar or Tupperware and leave in the fridge overnight. The oats will soak in the almond milk, making them soft. In the morning, you can grab it and go, or you can heat it up too. Also, you can add additional toppings. Some of my favorites include  pomegranate seeds, dark chocolate, almond shavings, and blueberries.

  


Sometimes I even mix in chia seed pudding (3/4 cup almond milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 tsp vanilla and sweetener of choice.

When I don’t have banana or cocoa powder at home, I  make vanilla overnight oats.

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Here I layered chia seed pudding, chocolate banana overnight oats, strawberries, vanilla overnight oats, and blueberries.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup almond milk

2/3 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

3 tbsp apple sauce

Procedure:

Same as above! I add applesauce to bind the oats, but they’re optional. I also add cinnamon because it’s a nutrient-packed super food! It’s filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, minerals, and so much more. Even 1 tsp can have positive impacts on your body!

Finally, chocolate peanut butter overnight oats.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup almond milk

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tsp sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.)

1 tsp cinnamon

Procedure:

Again, same as above, so easy!!

Overnight oats are my GO-TO breakfast. They’re fast, simple, and nutritious, and they give me something to look forward to in the morning!

What is your favorite flavor of overnight oats??

Love,

Serena

Thanksgiving No-No’s

Thanksgiving No-No’s

Thanksgiving is in a few days but it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice healthy eating and all the progress you’ve made to spend quality time with friends and family. You can do both — eat relatively healthy and catch up with family. Make this Thanksgiving a Thanksgiving where you do NOT have to unbutton your pants.

Here are some tips for Thanksgiving: what to watch out for and what to do.

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1. DON’T STARVE

While people think it’s a smart idea to starve or eat barely anything before the Thanksgiving dinner, by not eating anything, you’re making your blood sugar levels really low. And when your blood sugar levels drop, you lose the ability to control what you eat. Not only do you lose control but you crave calorie-laden foods. This means that when you get to the Thanksgiving dinner you’re going to eat everything and anything in sight. So, do yourself a favor and eat a balanced and light breakfast and lunch.

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2.GET ACTIVE

Not only does getting some exercise burn off those calories you’re going to be eating, but in addition, exercise balances out your hormones, so you don’t get crazy cravings from your hormones. Balance out your body both internally and externally with exercise.

An additional tip: do your exercise with your family member. Either go out on a walk with the whole gang around the neighborhood, catch up while going on an easy run, hit some tennis balls, or go out to the golf course.

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3.EAT SLOWLY

Instead of gulping down your food (because you’re ravenous from not eating all day …), savor your food and set down your fork between each bite. Make sure to actually use Thanksgiving dinner to catch up with your family and friends. One way to do this is to pick a slow eater in the table and make sure you finish around the same time or even slower than them! Trust me, the slow eating will not only help with the social aspect of Thanksgiving, but the weight aspect of Thanksgiving.

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4.SAY NO TO THE TURKEY SKIN

Yes, yes, I know, the turkey skin is the best part of the turkey. However, that thin sliver is worth a lot of calories and fat (not the good kind). Do yourself a favor and eat the turkey meat NOT the turkey skin.

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Or tea…

5.DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Drinking lots of water will help you differentiate between thirst and hunger but also help you feel full faster. While apple cider is tempting, try to stick with water throughout the meal and sip on it often in between bites. Drinking water will also help with the bloating the morning after the Thanksgiving dinner.

 

 

Regardless of all these tips, make sure your FIRST priority is to spend quality time with friends and family. Get into those spontaneous laughter and snuggly hugs. And of course, officially ring in the holiday season!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

xoxo,

Stephanie

3-minute Muesli Recipe

3-minute Muesli Recipe

I shared a few days about how I tried muesli for the first time and LOVED it.

I’m such a creature of habit that I relied on my oatmeal every morning. But of course, when oatmeal ran out, I started panic attacking but my mom saved the day by mixing granola and almond milk. Just genius! Until I realized that granola mixed with almond milk with toppings was an actual thing …

This muesli recipe is nothing extravagant or special. It’s just my foray into the “muesli” world. I’m sure just like Acai Bowls and really any bowl out there, that there’s different combinations and forms.

So below is a three minute muesli recipe. I literally made this when I had to leave the house at 6:10 for my golf lesson (which is why the pictures look darker than normal – the kitchen lights didn’t cut it).

3-minute Banana, Mango and Blueberry Muesli Recipe (for 1)

Ingredients

  • Any selection of granola or actual muesli of your choice. (Make sure that the sugar content is pretty low.)
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The granola I used. It’s really good.
  • Almond milk
  • Handful of blueberries and mango

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  • One RIPE banana

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  • Any other toppings you’d like!

 

Directions

This is just like cereal so it’s super simple and easy.

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2. Add in your banana

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3. Pour in your almond milk

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4. Add the blueberries and mango

5. Add any other toppings you like!

 

Wasn’t that really simple? Like I don’t know what breakfast will be even simpler than that.

 

What’s your go-to breakfast when you’re in a rush?

 

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

Healthy Cereal Bowl

Healthy Cereal Bowl

Cereal gets a bad rap because of the excessive amounts of sugar. However, cereal doesn’t have to be unhealthy!  This morning, I was in a rush to leave home, and quickly whipped up a delicious cereal bowl, complete with Love Crunch Chocolate and Strawberry Granola, fresh raspberries, and bits of some raw vegan brownies that I made (I’ll share the recipe soon ;)) with almond milk and chia seeds. It was a super satisfying and sweet cereal bowl. The combination of chocolate and berry just made me want to have more!

What is your favorite cereal bowl combo?

Love,

Serena

Lettuce Wraps and Leftovers

Lettuce Wraps and Leftovers

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Now that I’m finally on summer break, I have been cooking every meal for my family. So, I’ve been able to experiment with a lot of different recipes and ways to use leftovers. It’s safe to say that my parents can’t live without meat, so I’ve been challenging them to be more adventurous with their veggies. Last night, I made this lettuce wrap “bar” complete with Romaine hearts, chickpeas, carrots, red bell pepper, and oyster mushrooms. Also, (not shown here), I used a tiny bit of tartar sauce to amp up the flavors. To appease my parents, I did sear some salmon that I seasoned with only salt and pepper. It turned out perfect, no need to season it any more. Also in the picture was soup that my dad made in bulk on the weekend, some leftover turkey, and leftover brown rice.

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Green tea ice cream mochi. So good!!

Since my mom and I went on a Trader Joe’s run earlier that day, we purchased a lot of frozen desserts, and of course, I had to have some of them after dinner!

 

We did have some leftovers after the dinner-salmon, bell peppers, carrots, and chickpeas. I simply incorporated these ingredients into my meals the next day.

 

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My breakfast omelet had bell peppers and carrots. Then, for lunch, I made a salad with a green medley (arugula, spinach, kale, romaine) with yellow bell pepper, the leftover chickpeas, and the leftover salmon. I also drizzled some Miso-Ginger Dressing (also leftover from a while ago :))

What are your favorite lettuce wrap ingredients? Lmk in the comments 🙂

With Love,

Serena

Summer Food Go-To’s

Summer Food Go-To’s

As school ends and summer break rolls in, I’ve started thinking about all the recipes I’ll bring back from last summer, and new ones that I’m excited to try.

First, I am definitely making my quinoa bowl. Last summer after my half day math camp, I would come home and make this lunch everyday. The bowl consists of quinoa with spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocado, minced garlic, and pine nuts in olive oil.

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This bowl is very filling, healthy, and bright. Perfect for a long day at camp!

Next, I will be making nice cream! I made a post about it a while back 🙂

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This isn’t my pic, but it’s so pretty!

I definitely want to make some bliss balls for an energizing snack.

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Of course, lots of FRUIT! I also love putting lemon and orange slices in my water.

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I stole this from insta 🙂

I’m also super looking forward to grilling some mangoes! This may sound weird, but mangoes develop an amazing sweetness when there are some lovely grill marks.

What are you excited to make this summer?

With Love,

Serena

Healthiness Compilation

Healthiness Compilation

I will bombard you with a bunch of healthy things because I (for once) took pictures of a lot of the things I ate! Eye-candy!

First, this beet juice that I made! It was so refreshing and delicious, and it only took a few ingredients : beets, carrots, apples, pears, ginger, water.

Next, an on-the-go breakfast that I had recently when I was running late to classes 🙂

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Chobani greek yogurt (banana+oats) and Chia seed pudding with raspberries and agave

This breakfast was healthy, satisfying, and filling, which is exactly what I needed before a long day at school!

I also had numerous bowls of healthy goodness.

First up, my go-to bowl that I made everyday for lunch last summer:

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Quinoa with cherry tomatoes, spinach, half an avocado, and pine nuts mixed with minced garlic and olive oil.

And then this one:

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I ate this for dinner and it was inspired by all the vegan Youtubers that I have been watching lately. It had potatoes, broccoli, tofu, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes.

I hope you enjoyed those healthy pics! What is your favorite bowl combo?

With Love,

Serena

Smoothies 101

Smoothies 101

 

Smoothie bowls/Smoothies/Nice Cream (they are all essentially the same thing, only with different consistencies)!

The basis of all the smoothies that I make are blending fruit, vegetable (usually spinach) and liquid  (nut milk, water, coconut water). Sometimes, I add other ingredients like a handful of nuts, seeds, greek yogurt, and acai berry powder.

Smoothie bowls come in all different colors, which change based on the ingredients that you put in. For example, if you add kale, the smoothie will be green. If you add raspberries, the smoothie will be pinkish red. It makes sense. Tip: Don’t mix colors that will make brown! (ex. raspberries-red and spinach-green). The difference between smoothies and smoothie bowls is that the spoonable texture uses frozen fruit. Play around with the amount of liquid used for a more liquid texture.

I’ve seen tons of Instagram posts of smoothie bowls. I’m obsessed with taking a screenshot of the ones that look delicious! Eye candy:) Here are my favorite few:


12950265_1721462298098138_672336320_nNice cream is very similar to smoothie bowls, but they are just thicker, and resemble the texture of ice cream (minus the fat and dairy). In general, the key that I use to thickening the smoothie to make it spoonable like ice cream is frozen banana. Frozen bananas  act like ice cubes to make the smoothie cold, are a thickening agent, and add sweetness. There are so many different recipe variations. Here are some combinations I use:

Banana Chocolate Chip: Frozen banana+Almond Milk+Raw Cacao Nibs or Dark Chocolate on top

Raspberry: Frozen Raspberries+Acai Berry Powder+Almond Milk

Berry: Frozen raspberries+Frozen blueberries+Acai Berry Powder+Almond Milk

Chocolate: Frozen banana+Cacao Powder

Mango: Frozen mango+Almond Milk

Smoothie bowls/Smoothies/Nice Cream are great to have for breakfast, snack, dessert, or just to cool down on a hot summer day. Add chia seeds and store in the fridge overnight for an extra healthy kick!

What are your favorite combinations?

Love,

Serena

 

 

 

 

 

What I Ate for Breakfast Friday

What I Ate for Breakfast Friday

Breakfast can get boring sometimes. I mean, it’s pretty much the same food everyday: scrambled eggs with mushrooms and spinach, vanilla yogurt with granola and banana and almond milk. I even have this breakfast on the weekends. And yes, maybe it’s my fault for not experimenting more. I used to make chia seed puddings and pancakes, smoothie bowls, etc. But now that I am in high school, let’s just say time seems to shrink everyday.

Since I’m on spring break right now, I decided to bring back the Blogilates egg and banana pancake (circa 2012).

If you’ve never heard of this pancake I linked it above. Basically, I blended two eggs and one banana in my NutriBullet and cooked it on a pan. That’s it.

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The result was quite delicious. Originally, I thought the portion size was too small, but it actually ended up being just enough to fill me up. Also, these pancakes are best made tiny, so it took me forever to cook them on a pan. So, a griddle would work a lot better. Overall, they were delicious with strawberries!

I also tried this Coconut Milk:

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It was very tasty. Somewhat less creamy than what I am used to in almond milk, but very good and addicting 🙂

What is your favorite non-dairy milk?

Love,

Serena