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It’s Ab-oat Time: 10 Oatmeal Recipes

The humble oat — or Avena sativa — if you’re fancy. This little grain, when milled, steel-cut, or rolled becomes one of the most versatile foods on this big, floating rock we live on. You can make cookies, beer, crisps, granola bars, and so many other delicious culinary treats with the hunger-slaying oatmeal. But of course, the most common use of oatmeal is our favorite breakfast dish by the same name.

That mouthwatering mush is healthy on its own, and is even thought to lower the risk of heart disease. But the mass-produced, artificially-flavored oatmeal you find at the store is full of nasty sugars and carbs. Nobody got time for that!

So how about we shout out some healthy alternatives to the store-bought oatmeal?

Banana-Nut Oatmeal

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Oatmeal Recipes: Banana-Nut Oatmeal

Start your day with a healthy combo of potassium and fatty acids with this awesome recipe for banana-nut oatmeal. It’s bananas how delicious it is! It’ll drive you nuts thinking about how much better for you it is than oatmeal from the store!

Tropical Oatmeal with Coconut and Mango

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Oatmeal Recipes: Tropical Oatmeal with Coconut and Mango

It may be winter right now, folks, but we are getting tropical with our oatmeal up in here! (Air horn sound effect)

Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix

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Oatmeal Recipes: Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix I know, I know, quinoa and chia? In my oatmeal? I hope most people by now have discovered these marvelous seeds, but I imagine there’s still some who feel like this:

Trust me, quinoa is delightful and so is chia and they are some of the healthiest things you can eat. So give this recipe a try, you won’t regret it!

Chai Oatmeal

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Oatmeal Recipes: Chai Oatmeal

I’m a sucker for chai. Put chai on the label and I’m buying it. Chai tea? Yup. Chai milkshake? You betcha. Chai crumb cake? Absolutely. Chai oatmeal? Sign me up kween!

Pumpkin Spice Slow-Cooker Oatmeal

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We are all a little basic sometimes, and what’s a better way to celebrate your basicness than with some pumpkin spice oatmeal? Get those Ugg boots and flannel shirt on because we are going to flavor town!

Blueberry Pie Protein Overnight Oats

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Oatmeal Recipes: Blueberry Pie Protein Overnight Oats

We are in uncharted territory here. We are going into the land of overnight oats — oats after dark — if you will. I have recently discovered overnight oats, and they have changed my breakfast game forever.

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

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Oatmeal Recipes: Almond Joy Overnight Oats

We are dipping our toes back into the pool of overnight oats with another scrumptious recipe, this time with (vegan) chocolate chips, almond milk, and coconut. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Protein Oatmeal

Oatmeal Recipes: Cinnamon Roll Protein Oatmeal (Source: FoodFaithFitness.com)

If I could, I would start every single day with a warm, gooey, aromatic cinnamon roll. But unfortunately, that would not be ideal for my health. Luckily, there’s awesome recipes like this one that cut out the naughtiness of a cinnamon roll, without skimping on flavor.

Fig and Ricotta OatmealOatmeal Recipes: Fig and Ricotta Oatmeal

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Getting real exotic with our flavors on this one. Fig and ricotta are not typical things you find in your everyday oatmeal, but I am not some everyday man and this is not an everyday blog!

Overnight Cake Batter Protein Oatmeal

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Oatmeal recipes: Overnight Cake Batter Protein Oatmeal

This is it. This is Steve in overnight oat form. Just like chai, I am a sucker for anything “cake batter” flavored. And before you get your pitchforks out saying “this is supposed to be a blog with healthy recipes” and “how can cake batter anything be healthy?” Let me just tell you that this recipe uses protein powder, almond milk, and plain fat-free Greek yogurt. So no need to fret. Steve will always take care of you.

 

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Naughty or Nice Cream

Nice Cream: Feature Image

If you’re worried about staying off the naughty list this year with your health coach but want to indulge in some holiday treats, add a bowl of nice cream to your menu. Nice cream revamps the idea of store-bought ice cream and recreates this delicious chilly treat by giving you a nutrition solution that will leave you sweetly satisfied. Plug in your blender and think in threes: base, milk, and flavor. Then you’ll have a nice cream that’s at the top of everyone’s gift list.

Nice cream is taking over foodie social feeds, especially those vegan food bloggers who love their sweet tooth. I’ve been adding it to my movie night menu and testing it out on my friends.

Go Bananas

The best solution for scrumptious nice cream is frozen bananas. These icy bananas will give your nice cream that thick and creamy texture without the extra fat of real cream and sugar. Don’t let your skepticism scare you away from this idea. Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium and really do mimic that hand-churned texture. Even if you don’t love the flavor of bananas, creating nice cream from them is well worth keeping your balanced snacking plan on track.

Nice Cream: ExampleCall the Milk Man

If you’re looking to make this craving health conscious, and especially if you’re keeping this vegan, a non-dairy milk will work wonderfully. Most nice cream recipes call for about two cups of milk. To stay calorie conscious, use unsweetened almond milk. There are plenty of other non-dairy milks to choose from as well, like cashew, coconut, soy, and even hazelnut. If you’re partial to dairy, shoot for skim or low-fat milk.

Festive Flavors

Nice Cream: BerriesBerries are also a wonderful way to add tangy, sweet, or subtle flavor profiles to a scoop of nice cream. Strawberries and blueberries and nice, but don’t be afraid to mix things up with pomegranate, pineapple, or cherry. You can use frozen or fresh, just pick your thickness. The more frozen ingredients you add to your blender, the thicker your cream will be. If you get in a bind, just add a few tablespoons of milk to even things out again.

If you’re looking for an extra boost of flavor and nutrients, add avocado. I was a little nervous the first time I tossed some avocado in my blender, but it created a marvelously creamy texture that even my roommate loved. Not only will this make your nice cream a festive, creamy green for Christmas, but it will also add a dose of healthy fats. When your taste buds and your body are both happy, that’s the perfect nutrition solution in my book.

If you’re searching for a way to refuel after a workout, but are craving something sweet, nice cream will hit the spot. Adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder to a blender of nice cream this treat a more balanced nutrition profile.

Just be sure you don’t overpower the natural flavors of the fruit you’ve already added to your mixture. If you’re wanting to keep a raspberry tang, stay original with banana, or keep things fresh with avocado and mint, choose a vanilla-flavored protein powder. For something a bit richer, try adding a chocolate-flavored protein powder—just pay attention to the sugar content. Remember, strive for balance in your exercise and nice cream bowls.

12 Days of Nice Cream Toppings

Take some inspiration from an old-fashioned sundae bar and finish off this balanced snacking solution with these tasty toppings:

  1. Crushed peppermint
  2. Muddled mint leaves
  3. Cacao nibs (check these out if your wanting a vegan chocolate fix)
  4. Fresh, sliced berries
  5. Slivered almonds
  6. Crushed unsalted cashews
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Nutmeg
  9. Shredded coconut flakes — let it snow!
  10. Chopped dates or figs
  11. Chia or poppy seeds
  12. Nut Butter—heat this up and it’s even better.

The next time you’re craving a trip to the ice cream parlor, or planning a fun get together with friends, remember that some treats are nicer than others. Nice cream is certainly at the top of my wish list.

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