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Breakfast Jars

That term might not resonate with you, but it will once you try them! Breakfast jars are an easy way to have that morning energy ready to go! You can even make lunches this way too. These jars of deliciousness give you layers to love! Mornings are hectic enough, so try one of these delicious breakfast jar recipes today!

 

I love, love, love raspberries! Every year as far back as I can remember being on my own, I have made raspberry freezer jam. It was my first claim to cooking! I grew up watching my Granny make jams and jellies of all kinds, and I remember it was a long process…or it seemed to me as a kid! With new health benefits of chia seeds emerging, adding them to the raspberry jam only makes it that much better! This version is super quick and easy! You can make jam anytime! Overnight oats and raspberry chia jam, makes this breakfast jar easy!

 

RASPBERRY JAM & OAT BREAKFAST JAR

2 Servings

Raspberry Chia Jam

1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chia seeds

 

Combine cleaned raspberries, honey, and lemon juice in a bowl. Using a fork, mash raspberries until they begin to break down and resemble thick jam. Stir in chia seeds, cover with a lid, and set in refrigerator to chill overnight. Could it be any easier? Yum!

 

Overnight Oats

2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite milk choice)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons raw honey (optional and 100% maple syrup works well to me too)

 

In a large jar or bowl combine all oat ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed. If you would like sweeter oats, add in a tablespoon or two of raw honey or pure maple syrup. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.

 

In the morning layer overnight oats with raspberry chia jam in two small mason jars.Feel free to garnish with fresh raspberries or nuts if desired. You can eat your oats cold, at room temperature, or even warmed up. Too good to not try right? Enjoy!

 

 

Here is another delicious breakfast jar if you are not into the oats in the morning. This comes courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats.

 

MAKE- AHEAD FRUIT & YOGURT PARFAITS

1 Serving

Ingredients6oz Greek yogurt
1/3 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats, uncooked
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
2 Tablespoons milk (almond, cow, soy, etc.)
1 cup frozen mixed fruit and berries

 

DirectionsIn a bowl combine yogurt, oats, chia seeds, and milk. Stir to combine then layer half in a wide-mouth mason jar or container. Add half the fruit and berries then layer in remaining yogurt mixture and berries. Refrigerate overnight, and up to 3 days.

 

I hope one these delicious recipes will make eating a healthy breakfast easier for you or your loved ones.

 

 

PICTURE COMES FROM IOWA GIRL EATS

 

Posted in Food | January 9 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Foods That Cleanse The Body: Oats

Foods That Cleanse The Body: Oats

 

There is something so warm and comforting about a bowl of oatmeal on cold winter mornings. I enjoyed one today as a matter of fact, and it left me satisfied for a couple hours! I added some cinnamon, dried cranberries and fresh apples, and it was, oh so good! That bowl of oatmeal got me thinking. With three varieties of oats in my pantry, what is the difference? What makes oats so good for you? Well, here is what I learned:

 

Steel-cut oats: Whole oat groats that have been chopped into pieces.  Have a dense and chewy texture, they are produced by running the grain through steel blades that slice them. Nutritionally equal to rolled oats.

 

Old-fashioned rolled oats: Whole oat groats that have been steamed, and rolled into oat flakes.

 

Instant oatmeal: Produced by partially cooking the oat groats and then rolling them very thin, making them quicker to cook. Most often, sugar, salt and other ingredients are added to make the finished product.

 

The nutritional benefits of oats are the same for steel cut and rolled oats. Instant oats can lose a little of their nutritional punch due to the salt, sugar and other items of processing them, you just need to read the ingredients to make a good choice. The health benefits of oats are well known. As I mentioned, oats satisfy hunger cravings due to their high soluble fiber content.  Oats also contain beta glucans which are known to aid that satiety and boost your body’s immune response. That high in fiber content also reduces cholesterol levels, lower your risks of Type 2 Diabetes, improve cardiovascular health and reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Like previous featured foods, fiber is key to the detoxification process of your liver and body. Oats are a power house of fiber, so the next time you have overindulged on some not so good for you foods, start the following day with a warm bowl of oatmeal and fruit. It will relieve your body of the toxins you consumed.

 

You can get creative with your oatmeal, it is not just a boring bowl of mush anymore. Adding fresh fruit, nuts, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, ginger and more will spice it up and give it an extra nutritional boost. Here is a savory recipe that will make you realize that oats are not just for breakfast!

 

Oatmeal Curry

 

Ingredients:

 

1 C old fashioned rolled oats

2 C water

1T coconut oil

2 T unsalted peanuts

3 T chopped onion

1/2 serrano or jalapeno pepper, minced (seeds removed to remove heat)

1 inch piece ginger, minced

1/8 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp curry powder

1 roma tomato diced

1/2 C thawed peas

1/4 salt & pepper to taste

cilantro, chop amount to desired taste

 

Directions:

 

1. Combine oats and water and cook on high heat in microwave for about 2 minutes or until cooked. Set aside.
2. Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat add peanuts, onion, serrano, ginger, chili powder, and curry. Stir and cook about 3 minutes, until peanuts are lightly toasted and spices are aromatic. Add tomato, and salt/pepper to taste. Pour in oatmeal and cook another 2 minutes or until heated. Stir in cilantro and serve. Makes 2 servings

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Food | February 6 th , 2015 | 0 Comments



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