Over Night Peanut Butter Brownie Oatmeal

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If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars or tried Quest Bars I highly suggest you do! They are an all-natural protein bar and they are simply amazing. They come in all kinds of delicious  flavors and one of my favorites is chocolate brownie, because well…it tastes like a chocolate brownie. Why wouldn’t anyone love that?! You won’t realize what all the hype about these little bars is until you actually try them. I love putting 1/2 of a bar in my overnight oatmeal, plus you get extra protein.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey (for an extra sweet kick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar; chopped (or rolled into pieces)
1 Tbsp almonds
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in refrigerator overnight. Top with sprinkles in the morning and waaahlaaaa! What a healthy and delicious way to start a day without any guilt.
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Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast so I try my best to make time for it. Carrot cake is one of those foods where you either love it or hate it for most people, and I loooove it…but my waist doesn’t. This hearty breakfast definitely cures my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. I love recreating the original oatmeal recipe because the new flavor creations are endless and this recipe is completely good for you. This is so good and full of flavor you will easily forget that it’s healthy!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk; unsweetened
1 shredded carrot
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Sprinkle of almonds or pecans (optional, I prefer almonds!)

Steps:
1. In a small or medium saucepan, heat almond milk and add carrots and raisins. Stir consistently for 5 minutes..this will soften the carrots and plump up the raisins.

2. Once milk is warm, add honey, oatmeal and steel cut oats. Stir with a spoon and add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Stir until oatmeal thickens (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, spoon into bowl, sprinkle with almonds and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy while its hot!

Check out my other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal
Overnight Peanut butter & Nutella Oats

Chocolate Chia Berry Protein Smoothie

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What better way to start your morning by drinking this antioxidant packed smoothie! This morning after my workout I wasn’t all that hungry and wanted something to drink like a Jamba Juice. Instead, I looked in my fridge and saw all kinds of fruit to make a smoothie and for protein I just added a scoop of protein powder. It was delicious and the combination of the berries and chocolate tasted like a dessert..too good to be healthy, but it is 🙂

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1 cup blueberries
1/2 banana; sliced
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup vanilla almond milk; unsweetened
4 ice cubes
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

Steps:
1. Blend all ingredients until combined and enjoy!

Vanilla Almond Chai Tea with Chia Seeds

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So I’ve been on a chia seed kick for the last few weeks and I can tell you they make me feel great! Chia seeds are so unbelievably good for you and it’s also another great way to detox. I also love all kinds of chai tea lattes (especially from Starbucks)  and I also love chia seeds for detoxing so that’s how I came up with the idea. The little seeds have protein and fiber in them so I always feel satisfied after drinking it and in addition, they are loaded with  antioxidants and many other vitamins. Try swooping out your morning cup of coffee for this natural energizing drink, it’s totally worth it and your body will thank you later.

Yield: 1

You you need is:
2 cups of brewed Chai Tea (I love Twining’s Chai Tea, it brews perfectly and has a smooth chai flavor!)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp chia seeds

Pour all ingredients in a large mason jar, stir, and let sit in refrigerator overnight. Just give the jar a shake, sip, and enjoy. It’s so easy and takes less than 5 minutes to make!
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Homemade Chai Tea Latte

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One of my favorite drinks from Starbucks is the Chai Tea Latte..Soooooo, with only 15 calories I came up with my favorite “healthy” drink! Who needs Starbucks when you can made your own?

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup water
1 Twinings Chai Tea bag
2 dashes of cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp honey

Steps:
1. In a cup, put tea bag in water and milk. Add cinnamon and honey, microwave for 2 minutes and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir with a teaspoon and enjoy your homemade Starbucks!