Pre-workout oatmeal

Most people know that it is important to eat the right things before and after working out and certain foods will do certain things for you if they are consumed before a workout.

Carbs are usually what I eat before working out because they give me a lot of energy while I’m exercising. And most nutritionists and trainers will agree that carbs are one of the best things to eat before heading to the gym. But, the type of carbs you eat are extremely important. If you eat a doughnut before working out; even though doughnuts are considered carbs, you will not get any benefits from eating it and your workout will most likely suffer. Eating something substantial with complex carbs like oatmeal will give you the fuel to get through a workout.

Here is a recipe for the oatmeal that I usually make:

1/2 cup multigrain rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1 packet Truvia (or a tsp of any sweetener you like)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbl flax meal
1 Tbl chia seeds
1/2 banana, sliced
2 Tbl chopped walnuts
2 dates, chopped
1/4 cup almond/coconut milk

In a microwave safe bowl, combine oats, Truvia, cinnamon, flax meal, chia seeds, and water. Microwave for 90 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in bananas, walnuts, dates, and almond/coconut milk. Microwave for another 60 seconds. Remove from microwave. Stir and allow to cool slightly.

This oatmeal is so good and it’s the workout fuel I need, especially for those early morning workouts I’ve been doing lately. If I am feeling like a need an extra boost of nutrients, sometimes I will stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter or add in some protein powder to this recipe. However, without the addition of protein powder or peanut butter, this whole bowl of oatmeal (and this makes a pretty big bowl) is only around 330 calories! For breakfast, that is a perfect amount of calories to consume and it will keep you full for a while!!

Healthy breakfast banana bread pudding

Bread pudding is no longer just for dessert. This lightened up version uses non-fat milk, only two eggs, and mashed bananas to make it a perfect way to start your day!

If you aren’t into the bananas in this recipe, you could definitely substitute another fruit or just leave out the fruit all together and have a cinnamon spiced bread pudding that would be just as good!

Ingredients

8 sliced of bread (I used a mixture of whole grain and sourdough)
1 cup non-fat milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 banana mashed
walnuts, optional

Cut or tear bread into 1-2 inch pieces. Butter a baking dish and place bread inside.

In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, walnuts and mashed banana. Pour over bread. Press down on the bread so that it is submerged in the milk mixture. Allow to sit for an hour. I let mine sit overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Enjoy straight out of the oven, at room temperature, or cold!

Whole wheat banana bread waffles


Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I know, I know. Brunch isn’t really part of the normal, everyday meals – but it’s my favorite.


Whenever I go out for breakfast, on the way there I am thinking about all the omelets, pancakes, bacon, and muffins I want to eat. But, when I get there I want lunch instead. So, I’ll order a salad or a sandwich and then wish I had eaten breakfast.

Brunch is the most perfect excuse to eat breakfast and lunch in one sitting and not feel like you are being judged about it.

Tuesday isn’t really a “brunch” day of the week. Usually, Sundays are more appropriate for brunch. It’s a loungey, lazy, relaxing day and a late, leisurely breakfast is in order. Well, I’m living on the edge and making Tuesdays a brunch day. This should be a weekly occurrence.

These waffles are delicious. Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside. They are hearty because of the whole wheat flour, but also light with the addition of whipped egg whites. They would be the perfect addition to any brunch (or breakfast) table – served alongside some salad or sandwiches so you can eat two meals at once and be awesome like me!

Ingredients
adapted from Lauren’s Latest

1 cup skim milk
1 egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons canola oil or melted butter
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat your waffle iron.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a 2-cup measuring cup, add in milk, egg yolk, vanilla, oil, and banana. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Using an electric hand mixer or wire whisk, beat egg whites until they reach stiff peaks (see picture above). Fold egg whites into batter – being careful not to deflate the egg whites.

Add in chopped walnuts.

Pour batter into waffle maker and cook until light and crispy. Serve immediately.

Peanut butter banana oat bars

Peanut butter and banana is probably my favorite combination. Everyday, for a snack, I eat a piece of toasted sprouted bread topped with peanut butter and bananas. It is such a good flavor combo and any chance I get I try to think of new ways to enjoy these flavors!

Yesterday I bought like 15 bananas at Trader Joe’s. I am always using them up so quickly and then I run out and then I can’t make my favorite snack. Sad day. But then I realized, once I got home, that I will never use all of these bananas before they start to get really brown. So I baked a snack.

These oat bars are amazing. Super flavorful and I added some dark chocolate which made them even better.

If you are anything like me and can’t get enough of peanut butter and bananas, then this is a recipe you will definitely need to try!

Ingredients
Adapted from Gingerbread Bagels

1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup sugar in the raw
1 Tbl agave
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 lage banana, mashed
1/4 cup peanut butter
Chocolate chips (optional)

In a large bowl combine oats, sugar, agave, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Then add in milk and egg. Stir to combine.

Add mashed banana and peanut butter and combine thoroughly. Place into a greased 9×13 baking. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until baked all the way through.

Let cool for 20 minutes and then cut into squares.

Enjoy!!