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On a recent trip to Big Lots, I found an end cap with Bob’s Red Mill Products. I was super excited, my grocery store only carries a few of Bob’s Red Mill items, plus it was such a great price.

So I went with a Crock Pot Recipe, Crock your Oats if you will. I thought about doing it over night, but I wanted to watch this batch because I adjusted the recipe a bit. Messing with the original recipe can lead to a fail or can yield a new way of making a dish. I was hoping this was going to be a winner.

This recipe has all of my favorite ingredients, cinnamon, apples and oats. I used apple sauce to replace the butter in this recipe. Also making an appearance is Milled Flaxseed.

Chopping the apples was the most time-consuming part of this recipe, and that really only took about 5 minutes.

I started using Date Sugar in place of brown sugar while baking. It help cut back on unnecessary sugar, but keeps the flavor that is needed in the recipe.

Mixed all the ingredients in the Crock Pot and kept an eye on its progress, I was not sure how long the cook time was going to be so I did a quick stir every hour or so.

Normally I let the crock pot works its magic, but I am so glad I kept checking on it, my cook time was 2 hours less than the original recipe called for. When it started to stick to the bottom and to the side of the crock I could tell it was going to dry out if I left it on any longer, so I did a taste test and found that it was done and ready to serve.

Here’s the end result, they were creamy, and the apple chunks were done to a nice soft texture. I topped with fresh black berries and some additional cinnamon and dug in.

Knowing I want this for breakfast tomorrow, I grabbed my OIAJ Jar and filled it up. I plan on adding some Coconut milk to it when I heat it.

I also portioned out a big old bowl for my husband and another bowl to last over the next few days. Jeff’s portion in the one on the left, but I think he could eat the bowl on the right.  I listed the recipe how I prepared it and what the original recipe called for in (parenthesis). I don’t have anything against butter, but I like to try healthy substitutes for recipes.

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Adapted from: The Yummy Life

Makes Approximately 6-1 Cup Servings

Cook Time: 5 Hours (Original Recipe calls for 7 hours) 

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1 teaspoon date sugar (original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 3 tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce (original recipe called for 1-1/2 tablespoons butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax-seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: fresh fruit, chopped nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, additional milk

Directions:

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 5 hours. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Note: The original recipe called for 7 hours of cook time on low, but since I altered the recipe I cut off 2 hours from the cook time. 

Question of the Day: Have you ever crocked your oats?

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Some weekends I like to indulge in a fun breakfast, but don’t feel like pulling out all my cookware and making a mess, so I have a Sweet and Fun Go To breakfast.

These French Toast Sticks come  packaged as a full slice with perforations to pull apart to sticks, but I leave them intact and make a sandwich out of them. I have about 4 boxes of these left in my freezer. The Kroger’s I shop at had them on closeout for $1.96 a box, and I cannot pass up on a great deal like that.

On a recent shopping trip Saving = More, I found this Peter Pan whipped creamy peanut butter, so I thought it would be perfect for the filling in my french toast sandwich. I also sliced a banana and added some fresh blackberries.

Here’s how my husband had his, he didn’t want to mess with spreads and berries, he went for the banana and maple syrup.

Here’s how my plate turned out. The whipped peanut butter has less sugar and was very easy to spread, I really only needed 1 tablespoon to cover both slices, added the berries and banana slices and a little love from my favorite Chia Seeds.

Smashed it together, and  here you have my Sweet and Fun Go To breakfast. I am happy to report that nothing squeezed it’s way out this sandwich, everything stayed in place thanks to the Whipped Peanut Butter.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Boot Camp Update: We just entered Week #5 of Boot Camp and I am really feeling the benefits of it. I can tell I am able to do higher resistances on my elliptical for longer periods of time, and I have an amazing amount of energy. I also noticed that my back has not been bothering me as much, I normally have aches and pains in my lower back and I think the strength training has helped improve my back’s strength. I have been developing better sleeping habits, and have been Planking daily.

One of the side challenges to Boot Camp is each week we can pick two new goals to work on during Boot Camp: Example – drink more water, stretch before workouts, etc… Well I have been doing a Bed Time Goal the entire time and have only missed it one time, I am in bed by 11 p.m. and I feel better and more awake in the morning! I really have been loving Boot Camp it’s been the motivation I needed to get into Health Workout Routine that is challenging.

I will be joining the next Boot Camp when Tina has one, she has a real gift for kicking you in the pants, and that’s a Good Thing.

Question of the Day: What’s Your Go to Meal?

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So a few weeks back one of my favorite bloggers Annette tackled a question I have long been confused by. How much protein do I need.

With magazines and diets stating the importance of protein in today’s diets, it’s important to know this essential nutrient does a lot more than fill you up. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, and it is an important building block of muscles and bones.

So how much protein do women need? According to studies some say most women need between 50 and 60 grams of protein a day, I have even read that active woman need up to 80 grams of protein a day. I used Annette’s method and found that I should be getting 63 Grams of protein per day. Well I wanted to see if I was close in my day-to-day meals so I randomly choose a day and calculated it.

Protein Challenge:

Breakfast: 22 Grams Total

  • Chobani 6 Ounce Yogurt – 13 Grams
  • 3/4 Cup Go Lean Cereal – 9 Grams
  • Fuji Apple – 0 Grams
Lunch: 33 Grams Total
  • Sabra Hummus Singles – 4 Grams
  • Whole Wheat Pita Bread – 3 Grams
  • Hard Boiled Egg – 17 Grams
  • Serving of Pretzels – 3 Grams
  • Mozzarella Cheese Stick – 6 Grams
Dinner: 19 Grams Total
  • 3 Ounces Marinated Lime Roasted Tofu – 8 Grams
  • Roasted Broccoli with 1 tbsp Oil – 3 Grams
  • 1 Cup Nasoya Japanese Noodles – 8 Grams
Snack: Zero
  • Archer Farms Dried Fruit Bar – 0 Grams
Results:
I came in at 74 Grams! 
But here’s the thing, I am not at all happy with the 19 grams for dinner. That’s the one meal I eat with my husband and I know he needs more protein than that, this of course is not our dinner every night, but it is a typical Monday night meatless meal for us. So I think in addition to the tofu, I will start adding an additional protein to this meal.
Another problem I found is that I change-up my cereal and I eat the Kashi Berry Blossoms and that cereal only has 3 grams of protein verse the Golean Crunch that has 9. So just by making a small change like switching cereal flavors and not looking at the protein values I could short myself 6 grams of protein. So all in all this has opened my eyes.

What are the best sources?

Most people with a well-rounded diet eat enough protein, but it’s important to include complete proteins, which contain all nine of the essential amino acids. Sources of complete protein include meat, fish, eggs, most dairy products, and soybeans. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are often missing certain amino acids, but they can be combined to make a complete protein meal.

And although meats contain high amounts of protein, be sure to consider how much saturated fat is in your cut. Here are a few good examples of low-fat, protein-packed foods:

Protein source Amount of protein (grams) Serving size
Tuna (yellow fish) 33 4 oz.
Roasted chicken 32 3/4 cup, diced
Lean flank steak 31 4 oz.
Soybeans 21 3/4 cup
Lentils 17 1 cup
Non-fat plain Greek yogurt 15 6 oz.

Some of my favorite foods scored really high on the protein list, here’s a few:

  • Tofu has 8 to 11 Grams of Protein in 4 Ounces
  • Quinoa has 9 Grams of Protein in 1 Cup
  • Veggie Burger has 13 Grams of Protein per Patty
 The great thing about learning new information is this, it’s never too late to make a change, it’s never late to improve your diet. That’s why Healthy Living Blogs are an essential part of my day, they feed me ideas, information, tip and support.
Question of the Day: Do you know how much protein you’re getting in your meals?
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