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How To Make Overnight Oats

By Posted on 14 2 m read

I have been obsessed with creating new healthy breakfasts lately. If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen a few of the photos. I have always been an advocate for a green smoothie in the mornings. However lately I have been needing something more substantial to curb my hunger. Poached eggs on toast started to become the norm for me, but since I am trying to improve my digestion and lose weight. I felt that this was not a great choice. It left me feeling a bit heavy and stodgy. So I set out to find some fresh and healthy breakfast ideas that would fill me up until lunch time, yet not feel so heavy in the morning. That was when I came across overnight oats.

 

Overnight oats have been a popular trend on Pinterest, and when you see all the different variations and beautiful pictures. It is hard not to understand why. They are quick and easy to make, yet packed full of fibre and nutrients ( depending on what you put in it). Even though there are heaps of variations the base ingredients are rolled oats and milk.

So I thought I would share with you all the recipe that I have been using that is packed full of superfoods and tastes delicious!

Overnight oats

OVERNIGHT OATS

Ingredients

1/2 cup of Rolled Oats

3/4 Cup of Milk (I use Almond Milk )

1 tsp of Cinnamon

1 tsp of Chia seeds

1/2 Banana

Handful of Strawberries

Handful of Blueberries

Drizzle of honey.

NOTE: The amount of milk you use depends on how you like your oats. Some people prefer them thicker while others like them a bit watery. I do not like my oats too thick so 3/4 of a cup of milk is good for me. However if you prefer a thicker consistency try using only 1/2 a cup.

Method 

Mix the Oats, Milk, Cinnamon and Chia seeds together in a bowl until combined. Tip the mixture into a small air tight container and pop it in the fridge. Leave it overnight for at least 10 hours so that the oats and chia seeds absorb the milk.

When you are ready to eat, cut up the banana and strawberries. Add the fruit to the oats and drizzle with some honey. Overnight oats are best served chilled.

Some people like to add a nut butter to the oat mixture before chilling in the fridge, however I find this to make them a little too rich for my liking.

Please note that the chia seeds and cinnamon are optional. If these are not your cup of tea then please omit them. However I add them for the additional nutritional punch, plus the chia seeds add a bit of sweetness.

Overnight oats

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Satisfy your Sweet Tooth with these Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies!

By Posted on 5 2 m read

I was never a huge eater of sweet things. Chocolate and cakes were never my go to indulgence. Give me a packet of crisps any day and I would devour them in 10 minutes. However once I fell pregnant that changed drastically. I don’t know what it is about being pregnant, but the general consensus I have from other fellow mums is that you become a major sugar junkie after you deliver your little bundle.

My once non sugar self, is now addicted to anything sweet. It amazes me the lengths I am willing to go to to be able to get my sugar fix. My usual lazy self would be willing to run a marathon if it meant I could shovel a whole chocolate fudge cake down my face. Don’t forget the cup of tea to go with it.

So what am I to do? I am a firm believer in keeping young and healthy through food, and there is growing evidence that sugar is the reason for most of our western health problems. More and more studies confirm that most diseases including cancer are a result of years of eating chemical laden foods packed with refined sugar that have little to no nutrients in them.

Even wrinkles and grey hairs are starting to be linked to poor nutrition and poor digestion! Yikes, I am doomed! So I have decided to take control nd try to wean myself of the sugar. But how? By supplementing with healthier sweet options!

This recipe is by far my favourite from one of my fav health gurus Deliciouslyella.com, These brownies are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and the bonus is that they are packed full of nutrients!

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

First you need

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 2/3 Cup of ground almonds
  • ½ Cup of gluten free flour
  • 14 Pitted dates
  • 3 Tablespoons of Pure maple syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons of cocoa. For added nutritional value use raw cacao powder

Steam the potatoes until they are soft and then blend or mix with the dates until you get a paste consistency. In another bowl add all the remaining ingredients together and then add the sweet potato mixture. Mix well and spread out onto a lined baking tin

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean on 180 degrees. Once finished allow to cool and dig in!

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

YUMMMMM!

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Chocolate Coco Balls : A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate

Easter is peering its head around the corner, and I am excited to start the tradition with my little boy. One of the joys of parenthood is seeing the excitement and wonder on their faces with events such as this and  I am eager to encourage his imagination and create happy memories.However with all this excitement there is one thing I am not too keen on. That is the excessive amount of chocolate that my child will be exposed to, thats why I am on a quest for a healthy alternative to chocolate.

I know I sound like a party pooper but hear me out. He is only 1, and even though I am all for everything in moderation.  I am well aware that at Easter time the word ‘Moderation’ does not exist. We already have a cupboard full of easter eggs and it is not even Easter yet!

So I have decided to make my own healthy Easter alternatives. With these not only will Gabriel be able to celebrate with delicious chocolatey treats like everyone else. I will also be reassured that he will not be bouncing off the walls from a sugar high.  I used to make these for myself before Gabriel was born and I think they will go down a treat. They are refined sugar, gluten and dairy free. Made with raw cacao powder and medjool dates, they have a great chocolate flavour while also being packed full of vitamins and minerals.

NOTE: Raw Cacao Powder is a superfood. It contains more antioxidants than blueberries, and is full of Calcium and Magnesium. A good source of plant based Iron, it has also been accredited to be a Natural Mood enhancer and Anti-depressant!

Not only are these healthy and delicious, they are very easy and quick to make. It is the perfect recipe to do with your kids, but beware of the mess! The below recipe makes 16 balls.

KYLIE’S CHOCOLATE COCO BALLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate for Easter

After these have been chilled in the fridge, you can then wrap them up in cellophane or put them in little Easter baskets like I have done and they make a great healthy gift for Easter!

A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate for Easter

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Gluten free homemade pizzas

So I have been a little behind on my blog posts lately, things have been hectic. With me recovering from surgery, planning our wedding and organising Gabriel’s 1st birthday, it has been manic! With my to do list getting bigger and bigger I have found it easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon and grab anything and everything I can get my hands on. Hungry and unorganised Kylie = eating junk and getting fatter Kylie. Not good for my wedding dress! But sometimes it is hard to eat what you should. I am a lover of comfort food and eating salad especially on a cold Aberdeen day just is not going to happen. So that is why I decided to make my own ‘Healthy’ pizzas. It was a quick and relatively healthy option that I could also feed to my husband to be.

Here is what you will need

Ingredients

  • Warburtons Gluten Free wraps
  • Italian cherry tomato paste with basil
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese or Feta Cheese if you are looking for a healthier option
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Baby Spinach
  • Pepper
  • Meat of your choice : We chose chorizo slices and ham for our little one
  • You can add what ever you like, but I find if you put too many toppings it becomes over crowded and not as tasty.

Method

Preheat your oven or grill to 200°C. Open the pack of wraps, these are one of the best gluten free wraps out there and really makes a delicious, thin, crispy pizza base. Evenly spread the cherry tomato paste over one side.

Once that is done, start putting your toppings on. I started with Chorizo slices, Tomato, Pepper, Spinach and then cheese.

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Bake in the oven until crispy and the cheese is melted. And viola! A quick and tasty lunch.

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Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

xxx

 

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