Overnight Oats

January is just about over and now it’s time to get my head in the game a prepare for our Disney trip. One way I’m doing that is getting my eating back on track. Nothing feels worse on vacation than feeling uncomfortable on those rides. So, here’s the first recipe of my first day! 

I’m not a big breakfast eater. I love breakfast food, just not at breakfast time. But, to eat healthy all day I have to start the morning off right. So I threw together overnight oats. It’s very easy and I put mine in my Blender Bottle for easier grabbing on the run. 

I apologize for the picture quality, I was surprised how well they turned out.

  

Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats

1/2 oats (old fashion or steel cut)

3/4 cup 1% milk (can use almond or cashew)

1 tbsp pure cocoa powder

1 tbsp unsweetened coconut

1 scoop Cookies and Cream protein powder (vanilla or chocolate would work as well)

Directions:

Mix protein powder, cocoa powder and milk together. Set aside. Add oats and coconut to a container with a lid.  Mix milk mixture with oats. Secure lid and refrigerate overnight. Stir and enjoy!

21 Day Fix approved foods.

Happy eating!!

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Banishing the Winter Blues

Adventure

The month of January is usually a hard month for me. While it’s gives me the opportunity to start a new year fresh, there is still residual insecurities from the year that has past. The colder weather and cloudy days certainly don’t help any. Even here in Northern Florida, we have cold mornings and lots of rain. With that being said, as I begin to shake off what was and let go of the expectations that did not come through, I plan for this year. New adventures, new trips, new relationships. Not really a new me, I am pretty content with what and who I am at the moment, but perhaps working towards a slightly better me.

Each year I am lucky enough to take my three kids on a trip. One year was to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL and that fall a cruise to the Grand Cayman’s and Cozumel. The next year was to Universal Studios and mini weekend vacations. This year holds some big adventures.

First, my youngest daughter has hit double digits. It’s a big deal in our house. And my oldest is hitting the teenage years this summer. Another really big deal. But, the biggest adventure we have planned, and this is HUGE for us, is our very first trip to Disney World. While I know this is not a big deal to a lot of people, but for this single mom struggling to make it each month, this is GIGANTIC! Spring Break is going to be great adventure.

While personal things are also making life a little more of an adventure, I am ecstatic to give my kids this opportunity. Adventure is out there. Stop waiting for the next best thing, and make your life the best that there is. Start small with little weekend getaways. Save every last penny in a jar designed for your trips. Make a plan and stick to it. Research and look for ways to explore your destination without costing you a fortune.

It is possible to have amazing vacations without breaking the bank. Some of our favorite trips where little camping trips we took. Even a few nights away from the daily grind can refresh your soul. Take some “you” time. If you have the ability to travel, why aren’t you? What is holding you back?

Throw your hands up in the air, and let adventure take control. Shake off the winter blues, get that calendar out, and start planning!

One Pot Cabbage Roll Casserole 

I love cabbage. I like the versatility of the vegetable, the crunchiness, and the low calories. Sautéed, roasted, boiled, or raw, it’s a great addition to your menu. 

This recipe takes the tastiness of the cabbage roll with the convienence of one pot cooking. 

  
One Pot Cabbage Roll:

1lb hamburger

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup of rice

1 cup of water

Directions:

Brown hamburger in a large skillet. Drain and return to pot. Add in chopped cabbage, tomatoes with juices, rice, and water. (For mine I cooked the rice separately and added rice to my kids bowls to keep mine low-carb.) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until cabbage is tender and rice is cooked. 

Spoon into bowls and top with cheese! Enjoy a filling, lower calorie meal!