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I must share something, I have a New Food Love.  It’s with Wheat Berries.

But First Check out my New Tea Mug. It’s a wide mouth mason jar with a Cuppow Lid. I love it. I received the Cuppow lid in one of my Vegan Conscious Boxes. On a cold day the mason jar also doubles as a hand warmer.

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My new tea mug sure does complement my Oats in a Jar, Jar! I love jars, containers, bins, baskets and anything else that stores and organizes items. I love glass jars for food storage and serving food.

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So on to the Wheat Berries. I found these in the bulk bin section at Whole Foods and needed to try them out. I love grains and this is one I have not tried.

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After soaking them overnight, I drained and rinsed. Then add 2-1/2 cups of water and boiled for 35 minutes. NOTE: Just make sure that you do not let all the water boil out. Stir occasionally. I kept my eye on them the entire cook time, I made the mistake once and walked away while boiling rice, and all the water boiled out and I had a terrible mess in my saucepan. NEVER AGAIN.

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They are very chewy with a nutty flavor, they are now on my favorite list. Not sure why I waited so long to try them. Oh yeah, I know why…The closest Whole Foods is 40 some miles away from me and I have not found them anywhere else. Well now that I know, I can stock up and keep on hand. Win, Win.

I have been adding a 1/4 of a cup of cooked wheat berries to my Oats in a Jar Oatmeal.

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Here’s some helpful information I found on Wheat Berries over at The Food Network.

Wheat berries are a true whole grain! You may not recognize the name, but without these kernels, there would be no flour. Wheat berries are loaded with nutrients and are as easy as rice to prepare — perfect for a meal any time of year.

What are wheat berries?
Wheat berries are whole wheat kernels. They look like thick, short grains — similar to brown rice. Industrious folks grind them into whole wheat flour for baking; you may not have the time to regularly grind your own flour, but it’s a fun thing to try at least once.

When boiled, cooked wheat berries have a chewy bite and subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They’re sturdy enough to handle bold salad dressings and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey and cinnamon.

If you like sprouts on salads and sandwiches, add a little water to wheat berries and you can grow your own wheat sprouts.

Why are wheat berries “Healthy Eats”?
Since the wheat kernel is left intact, virtually none of the nutrients are stripped away. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein and iron. Tasty sprouts are loaded with vitamin E, a cell-protecting antioxidant, and magnesium, which is good for healthy bones and muscles.

What do you do with wheat berries?
Look for wheat berries at a health food store or in the natural foods section of your local supermarket.

Prepare wheat berries in boiling water — just like other grains. Add cooked wheat berries to soups or even chili. Serve hot as a side dish with hearty mushrooms or cold for a satisfying salad full of flavor and whole grain goodness. Wheat berries have nutty flavor so they’re great with fresh vegetables and dried fruit such as cherries or cranberries.

Read more at: blog.foodnetwork.com

Now here some of my snacks from the week.

Kale Chips, always a favorite.

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Hail Merry Macaroons I received in my Vegan Conscious Box. Chocolate Craving CRUSHED by these little Macs.

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I made my husband this Decadent Apple Caramel Cake. He saw it while grocery shopping and added it to the cart. (?)

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It was good, but really sweet. He loved it, and that’s all that matters, sometimes you have to indulge on not so homemade, not so healthy items. At least I used my Egglands Best Eggs…

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* Since finding the Wheat Berries and cooking with them I have now located them at a Health Food Store NEAR my home! Dale’s Natural Foods Store in Flint Michigan. I shop here often and turns out they have carried them all along, I guess I just never looked carefully enough in the Bulk Grain Bin Section. Apparently my Observation skills are at an all time LOW.

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coupons plural of cou·pon (Noun)

Noun:
  1. A voucher entitling the holder to a discount off a particular product.
  2. A detachable portion of a bond that is given up in return for a payment of interest.

stock·pile/ˈstäkˌpīl/

Noun:
A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, esp. one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.
Verb:
Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials): “he claimed that the weapons were being stockpiled”.
Synonyms:
noun.  stock – store – supply – reserve – hoard – provision
verb.  store – stock up – stock – accumulate

Coupons and Stock Piles, Yes I use them, and Yes I have them. I stock pile cereal. I’m not embarrassed to admit it. My husband eats it every day and it has a great shelf life, and when I can get a box of cereal for .99 cents I sure as heck am going to buy multiple boxes.

On average I save $79 to $100 on my grocery bill. How? I use coupons, lots of coupons, but for food, not sodas and candy like you see on those coupon extreme shows. Another way I get my bill lower is I am very fortunate that my grocery store doubles coupons up to $1.00 so that really helps get the end total I am looking for. I also pre-load in-store coupons onto my rewards card for items I do not have a manufacture coupon for. My Kroger’s also has amazing Manger Specials throughout the store, and those add up to Big savings.

In the past I have made some killer shopping trips resulting in huge savings, check them out here, and here.

I don’t run out and buy 50 newspapers, I go online to my favorite printable sites and print out my coupons there. I exchange coupons with co-workers and I get special coupons from Facebook promotions. I do occasionally get the Sunday paper if I know there are going to be high value coupons that week for a special item, but these on-line sites have great coupons so I just stick with them. Another way to score great coupons is to email companies and ask them for coupons, most companies love to give out coupons.

Some of my favorite printable coupons sites are as follows;

Red Plum

Coupon Network

Mambo Sprouts – Mambo Sprouts has some great organic and health food coupons

Organic Deals – Check out the Quick Coupon Link on the right hand side of the page, for MORE coupon site options!

Smart Source

Coupons

Here’s one of my BIG savings receipt from August. I saved $79.93 off my total grocery bill! This shopping trip got us through 3 full weeks of meals.

Look at my stash of cereal.

and here are a few more boxes!

So my stockpile is small in comparison to those extreme shoppers we see on TLC. I feel mine is made up of  foods that are healthier options and foods my husband eats on a daily basis. This is about a 2 month supply of cereal and none of it goes to waste and I spent approximately $25.00 for all those boxes. So coupons can help stretch any budget.

So you can tell that I like a good deal, well I also love to prep foods to have on hand, my favorite food to prep is my OIAJ.

OIAJ is my #1 choice for breakfast. I buy bulk oatmeal and make up jam jars in advance to always have my favorite on hand. I do eat it almost everyday.

I just measure out my oats, I usually go for 3/4 of a cup, and then add a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a generous amount of cinnamon and seal up tight.

Then when the time comes, I grab my jar add a scoop of nut butter and fill up the jar with my favorite soy milk and leave in the refrigerator over night. In the morning I stir and microwave for one minute and there you have the magic of the Overnight OIAJ.

I love me some oats, whether it’s 100 degrees out, or 4 degrees below zero,  I crave them, they stick with me.

So I hope you find some great deals while using some coupons, and save some money when you grocery shop.

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This has been my ride to work for the last week. My husband’s car is in the shop so he has been using mine. So my recreational vehicle has become my main vehicle. I will be the first to admit it, I am a fair weather rider. Well this past week I have ridden in a light sprinkle and 45 degree weather. It was not that bad, but the second I get my car back I am going to rejoice. It’s hard packing all I need for the day in those little side bags. Okay pity part is over.

Oats in a jar or OIAJ, for breakfast.

Added all my favorites, chia seeds, soy milk, nut butter and cinnamon.

Came home to this amazing delight. Popchips sent me a case of there Chili Lime Popchips. I love them, they are such a great company. They were a Blend Retreat sponsor and rewarded any of  the attendees with a 30 day supply for blogging about our experience with popchips. Well that was easy for me, I loved them, I cannot get enough of them.

The chili lime flavor is both spicy hot and sweet, so much flavor, I think  popchips are going to be a staple snack in my house from now on.

Such a satisfying healthy snack. Did I mention that they are all natural flavors and ingredients.

Then I got to dinner. Really excited to try a new recipe for kale.

My little kid, Killian loves him some kale. He loves any green leafy vegetable, well he love all veggies.

Side dish of couscous.

So this recipe for sautéed Kale is easy, it softens it and takes the bitter bite right out.

Cook the onions and garlic with some olive oil, about 5 minutes. Then add the kale and a 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring as needed.

Grilled some chicken breasts.

Put it all together and sprinkled with feta cheese, and dig in.

Love eating on the deck, makes the work week fade away.

Here a Greatest Hits Look Back on a series of Kale posts I have done. Sell you on Kale. Accidents Happen.  With a side of Kale.  Pancakes or Eggs. Anticipation. Keeping up with Kale. Also check out a post that my friend Tamara did over at Wild Blue Wonder for Tofu Kale Triangles.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Question of the Day: How have you used Kale? Or does seeing recipes for Kale make you want to try it?

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I love vacations, I love traveling, I love everything about vacations, but with all good things comes the reality of getting back home. I got right on getting my favorite foods prepped and ready to go.

I boiled up some eggs.

I must have my one a day egg, while on vacation I only had one egg and I really missed my favorite source of protein.

In between all my catching up the most important thing is to catch up on all the missed kisses from these 2 crazy kids.

Making a batch of OIAJ, to bring to work as breakfast was a must do item on my list.

I used the last of my peanut butter on this batch of oats, what a bummer, I need to plan grocery shopping trip, how can I survive without peanut butter.

Sticking to my favorite OIAJ. I used 1/2 cup of oats, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and my favorite coconut milk with a few shakes of cinnamon.

My parents came down from Upper Michigan to watch our dogs while we were gone and they didn’t eat the bananas I left for them, but that’s okay I need some more for my smoothie stash.

Just peel, slice and bag up and when you need a smoothie, you will have frozen chunks ready to go.

Bagged up my favorite lunch time pretzel snacks.

The organizer in me loves to prep and I love the convenience of having things ready to go, that means I can hit the snooze button 1 time in the morning when I am prepped and ready to go. Count me in.

Question of the Day: What is a good gift to send to someone who hosted you while on vacation?

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Thinking about what I wanted for breakfast, but also thinking about what would hold me over until lunch, only one thing came to mind. Oats in a Jar or OIAJ. I have been on a OIAJ kick lately, but it really Keeps My Tank Full, and I love that I can add different items to change it up a bit in flavor and in texture.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Since I started Best Body Boot Camp yesterday, I really want to focus on following the program, keeping goals and eating as clean as I can, but staying properly fueled. I want to keep my meals full of grains, proteins, fruits and veggies.

Here’s Today’s OIAJ Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  •  1 Tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp. Swanson Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Nut Butter
Layer the ingredients in the jar and keep in the fridge over night, Stir in the morning, microwave for about a minute to warm, add additional items and enjoy a healthy hearty breakfast that will fuel your day.

Layer the ingredients.

Look at the beautiful Organic Cocoa.

 

My friends at Swanson, gave me a Shopping Spree a few weeks ago, and I have been thinking of a million ways to use the items they sent me and adding the Organic Cocoa to OIAJ was a perfect way to taste the cocoa. It gave the oats an incredible unsweetened chocolate flavor that I really enjoyed. I don’t care for overly sweet breakfast items, don’t get me wrong I love sweets, but something about eating sweet tasting foods kinda makes me nauseous on an empty stomach. I plan on using the Organic Cocoa in my next smoothie.

Dropping a spoonful of nut butter to thicken it up, plus it tastes amazing.

I mean really, how could anyone not love this combo.

Add in your milk.

It will filter its way into the jar and incorporate all the oats, but you can give it a stir if you’d like.

Seal the jar and store in the fridge overnight.

I did not add any additional items to this batch, it was perfect just the way I made it. My co-workers always ask me “What ya got in that jar?” I tell them OIAJ. Let me just say this: I have turned some donut breakfast eater into OIAJ eaters!

Additional goals that I have during Boot Camp, which I hope will stick long after is:

  1. Going to bed by 11:00 pm, I tend to be a night owl and stay up too late, and I really want to change that habit.
  2. Drinking enough water through out the day.
 

Question of the day: What fuel’s your day?

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