Yogurt Oatmeal

I am trying to make my breakfasts much more healthy. I like making eggs, but that isn’t realistic every day, so I’ve turned to oatmeal. My friend Lorraine posted an overnight recipe in which her son didn’t have a blood sugar spike after eating. If you’re familiar with diabetes, you’ll realize this is incredible and rare. I knew that I had to try it. My friend Brian sent me some mason jars and off I went.

These are the ingredients I used this week. Other weeks I have made different flavors.

These are the ingredients I used this week. Other weeks I have made different flavors.

The reason my breakfasts are so important is because I’m training for a half marathon. I need a healthy breakfast packed with complex carbs and protein so that my blood sugar will not plummet while I’m on the road.  When I bolus correctly, this is exactly what I need. I first tried the blueberry maple oatmeal which I loved, but am using the banana peanut butter one when I have long runs. My body is loving bananas right now.

Oats & Milk & Yogurt

Oats & Milk & Yogurt

Chia Seeds, Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter. Then Shake!

Chia Seeds, Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter. Then Shake!

Fit as much fruit as possible before putting the cover on.

Fit as much fruit as possible before putting the cover on.

It is quite simple, really. Put all ingredients (oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, maple syrup & peanut butter) into your jar and shake to mix it all together. It will become quite liquid-like, and you’ll be able to mix your fruit into it. I try to get as many banana slices as possible in the jar. The top goes on, it goes in the fridge and it tastes delicious in the morning. I hope that you enjoy just like I have!

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Welcome

I am not quite sure when I started to enjoy cooking, but at some point in my life it became something enjoyable for me.  I always enjoyed cooking for friends in college when taste was all that mattered.  As I’ve grown up, I’ve focused on adding health to the taste.  I’ve cooked for myself, my parents, my extended family, friends and roommates.  I now find myself living in an apartment without a kitchen.  I am a nanny, so I have access to a full kitchen during the day, but that has it’s own limitations. I have a few electronic appliances in my apartment that are my go-to’s.  I like to keep things simple because I also have to wash my dishes in my small bathroom sink.  I do in fact love my apartment though.

This blog has been inspired as I searched for a cookbook about cooking simply for one and the search was fruitless.  I saw one titled something like “Crap. I’ve got a kitchen.”  I know that I am the exact opposite of this, and in case there are any more of you out there, I hope I can give you hope.

In general, this will be focused mostly on my dinners.  My breakfasts consist of toast with either peanut butter & banana or cream cheese, cinnamon & blueberries.  My lunches consist of cooked vegetables which contain any of the following: corn, tomato, onion, mushroom, pea, & broccoli.  I also add cheese or fish to this mixture.  I like to make one “big” dinner per week and supplement it with leftover variations along with salads and frozen dinners throughout the rest of the week.

Enjoy, and take a look at what I’ve done with a kitchen 🙂

Green Beans & Potatoes

Recipe from Sam Talbot

Recipe from Sam Talbot

Cowboy Soup

Recipe from Rachel Ray

Recipe from Rachel Ray