Overnight Oats Recipe

A friend of mine blogs for her career while living in England and she constantly posts pictures of her overnight oats on her Instagram and blog. I had never heard of them until I saw her post it months ago, and I decided to finally try it myself. I probably should have tried her recipe that she posted on her blog Love and London, however, I just Googled a random simple recipe that included ingredients I already had.

The recipe which I found online, was a Strawberry-Coconut Overnight Oats recipe, and I changed up a few ingredients. Instead of using Almond Milk, I used Soy Milk and I also didn’t add maple syrup, which probably should have been added. I also had read several other recipes which had greek yogurt in it, so I added that as well to this recipe.

My Results

I doubled the recipe on most ingredients, and added more strawberries. When I ate it in the morning, I didn’t think it had as much flavor as I had hoped it would. I would recommend using a flavored greek yogurt if you want more flavor, as this was pretty bland. Many people also think you are supposed to heat up the overnight oats, but you don’t cook anything!

What I used:

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • Handful of freshly cut strawberries
  • 1 Cup of Steel Cut Oats
  • Sprinkle of Chia Seeds
  • Splash of Soy Milk

Mix it all together, and stick in the fridge overnight. Again, I would recommend adding more fruit, a flavored greek yogurt, or nuts. Or, try one of my friend’s recipes such as the one listed on her blog Love and London.

Easy Watermelon Cutting Technique

Everyone loves watermelon on a warm summer day, but I know I love watermelon in the fall too! Some people cut it into triangles, others cut them in cubes, either way, cutting up watermelon can be a mess! I recently saw a video shared on Facebook that showed a man sharing his tutorial on how to cut watermelon in an easy, and fast way. After I purchased a watermelon from the local farmer’s market last wee, I decided to try his technique for myself!

As seen on Youtube….

My Attempt:

 

HEALTHY Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Looking for a delicious cookie recipe that you can enjoy without all the guilt? Look no further, this recipe is AMAZING! When I am invited to someone’s house for a party or special event, I always bring some type of food dish to share. Typically, my go to is fresh veggies and a homemade greek yogurt dip, but I wanted to make something new this time for my friend’s going away party.

Choc Cookies

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I searched all over Pinterest for various recipes, and wanted to find a dessert that wasn’t too complicated to make, truly was healthier, and didn’t require me to buy tons of ingredients that I didn’t already have in my pantry. Many recipes claim to be “skinny” and “healthy”, however, the majority of them really aren’t anything different. I found one recipe of cookies that called for every same ingredient as a normal batch of cookies, except you added greek yogurt….Yeah, not healthier at all. It’s the added sugar, eggs, butter, milk, etc. that make the calorie and fat count rise. Plus, greek yogurt is healthier than regular yogurt ONLY if there is minimal sugar. Make sure you look at the labels!

I found this recipe on Pinterest, originally posted on the Skinny Fork Blog. When I made these cookies, I doubled the recipe and changed up a few of the ingredients.

Hints & Suggestions:

  • I opted out of adding the salt, cloves, and nuts.
  • I used dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • I added a bit more of the chocolate chips since some cookies didn’t have as much in them
  • They will be soft even after they cool
  • You can store in the fridge or on the counter, I think they were better sitting in the fridge though
  • These are healthy enough that you can even eat them for breakfast!
  • Be sure to watch the cookies so that the chocolate and coconut don’t burn!

I was worried that these cookies wouldn’t be too popular at the party, but little did I know, they were a HUGE hit! 

 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

So this past weekend was the kick off to strawberry season in Wisconsin, and my mom and I decided to jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the gorgeous day to go strawberry picking! There are quite a few farms in the Milwaukee area where you can pick from. Anyone from Wisconsin looking for a good place to pick? Just look on this website for locations and details!

With all of these strawberries, I had no idea what to do with them all other than head to Pinterest for some ideas! My mom made some strawberry pie and I made Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria, which I learned how to make last year and have made several times since I posted about it before (view the post & recipe link).

I froze a ton of them for smoothies, brought some into work, and still felt like they weren’t disappearing! So I made strawberry basil lemonade which I found on Pinterest with this recipe. SO AMAZING!

Tips & Hints:

  • Instead of just throwing the basil leaves and strawberries into the lemonade mixture, I threw the basil and strawberries into my blender to create a puree
  • The finished product was a bit sour for me, so I added more water to it!
  • The taste of strawberry and basil combined is unimaginable, and so much better than I expected. In fact, I plan on making strawberry basil cupcakes tomorrow! (Stay tuned for that post!)
  • Make sure you mix well and serve over ice!
  • Stays good for several days too!