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I’m MELLLTTIINNGGGGG…. Just like the witch in The Wizard of Oz. My top floor apartment combined with 80 degree humid weather has generated sauna like living conditions. After dinner last night I sat on my futon praying for a cool breeze to pass through my window…..It didn’t happen.  I did what any profusely sweating individual would do and stuck my head in the freezer. While I was hanging out in my refrigerator, I desperately searched for some relief to beat the heat. I had about 15 cups of water, a glass of vanilla soy milk mixed with Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and Red Rhapsody Odwalla (how did I think of this? It was amazing!) and finally discovered the best creation ever: chocolate banana soft serve topped with strawberries.

I needed to iron my skirt for work and the thought of a hot iron made me cringe. I knew that I needed some reward to motivate me through it and all that I could think about was plain ice cream. The only ice cream in my freezer was a complicated peanut butter and chocolate ripple and I was not in the mood. My eye caught a frozen banana and I remembered seeing “banana soft serve” in blogs, so decided to give it a try. I combined 1 large frozen banana, 1 tsp cocoa powder and a few scoops of plain yogurt into my blender at the lowest setting. I placed the mixture in a bowl and allowed it to harden in the freezer as I braved the heat from my iron.  WHY HAVE I NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE?!?!? It was so delicious, I only wish I had time to let it freeze a bit more. This treat made me seriously consider buying bananas in bulk so that I can have an ample freezer supply this summer.

I knew that I couldn’t live in my refrigerator forever and finally ended up on the floor, snuggled next to my mini Honeywell fan from college and more water.

Breakfast today was also weather influenced. I made a smoothie with 1/2 of a Red Rhapsody Odwalla, 1 container of plain yogurt, 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder and lots of ice. I topped my smoothie with ~1/2-3/4 cup of  Heart to Heart and Go Lean Crunch. It was a good way to beat the heat before a long day. I’m off to a morning filled with meetings and a field trip!

Stay Cool,

Nora

What foods do you eat to “beat the heat”?

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How does it go from being 20 degrees to 60 degrees in a week? I don’t even need an answer to this question, I am LOVING this weather! After my Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola experience yesterday morning, I needed more. I decided to update my favorite summer breakfast: 1 cup yogurt, mixed berries, bananas and granola, to a new mix: 1/2 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup Vanilla Soy Milk, 1/2 TBS Chia seeds (let sit and combine ~10 min) handful of blueberries, 1 banana, cinnamon and 1/4 Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola.

I loved the combination of soymilk, yogurt and chia seeds. It had the consistency of a smoothie; not as thick as Greek yogurt, but the toppings didn’t sink like they would in a thin milk. The chia seeds made a “jelly” like texture. I have to give another shout out to the people at Fruit Not Fat, for this granola. I love that it holds it’s crunch in every bite and has clusters, but does not clump. The flavor is outstanding, and I really think cooking it in apple sauce instead of oil makes it SO much better tasting and healthier! GOOD WORK!!

Warm Weather Eats,

Nora

Do your “favorite” meals change with the weather? Are there certain foods you only eat during the summer/winter?

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I have been dying to “experience” chia seeds ever since I started reading about them on blogs. I think I may have entered every single chia giveaway in the blogsphere in hopes of obtaining some of these babies. Well, I was tired of waiting and finally made my purchase! What is so special about chia seeds you ask? Well according to the handout next to the display:

“They are loaded with omega-3 fay acids, and hey have among the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food–even more than fresh blueberries. And they do good things for the body like keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control”…”Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows in southern Mexico. In pre-Columbian times, chia seeds were a component of Aztec warriors; they even played a role in religious ceremonies. Supposedly, 1 BS of the seeds could sustain a person for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to relieve joint pain and skin conditions.”….”Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be stored for long periods of time without becoming rancid and don’t require grinding (whole flax seed is hard to digest).”

2 TBS of Chia Seeds have approximately 7 g of fiber, 4g of protein, 205mg calcium and 5g of omega-3’s. They have a nutty flavor, and because they are easily digested whole, they can be sprinkled on yogurt or salads. They are also a nice addition to baked goods when ground.

I have seen chia seeds added to oats and yogurt, creating a voluminous mix. I couldn’t decide (theme lately?) so I added them all together to make: Carrot Cake Overnight Oats. I have oddly been craving carrot cake, and decided i would be a nice base to try my Artisana Coconut Butter with.

In the mix: 1/3 cup instant oats, 1/3 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/3 cup Vanilla Soy Milk, 1/2 large carrot shredded (reserve some for topping), 1/2 TBS chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract. Combine all ingredients and let sit in fridge over night. In the morning top with: reserved shredded carrot, 1 TBS Organic Jumbo Raisins, 1 TBS Chopped Walnut, 1 TBS Artisana Coconut Butter.

The Verdict: Holy thickness!! I actually added some water (few tablespoons) to the mix after. Next time I’m going to add more liquid than yogurt. I LOVED the addition of chia seeds. They absorb liquid, and expand (a bit like tapioca?) to provide a nutty little crunch to every spoonful. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the coconut butter. When I opened the jar it looked like paste and looked a bit gritty. I heated it for a few seconds with a splash of soy milk in the microwave and could SMELL the intense coconut! It was amazing, and I most certainly licked the bowl I warmed it in! I loved this combination, and hey, getting a veggie in the morning isn’t bad either! I wanted to add banana to the mix but didn’t have any good and ripe ones on hand. I think next time I make these I am going to add 1/2 a banana whipped into the oats and slice the other half for topping.

Chia Me,

Nora

Have you tried chia seeds? What is your favorite use?

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Happy Friday! My morning oats are finally back! And thank goodness! While I typically do enjoy mid morning snacks, yesterday I was absolutely FAMISHED a few hours after breakfast (way hungrier than usual, and after calculating my actual “breakfast to famished” time it was 2 hours not 3). I determined the only breakfast that truly satisfies me in the morning is a big bowl of oats. I like to start my day off with more protein than a bowl of cereal and milk can provided.  Does this mean I’ll never have a bowl of cereal again? Absolutely not, I find cereal and milk refreshing, especially when I need to switch up my breakfast routine a bit. I think next time I’m going to “pump up” my cereal with some nuts or nutbutter. Plus, everything is better with nuts!! Live and learn.  Today, in an attempt to use my last Red d’Anjou pear, I created a bowl of warm Pear Crumble Oats:

Pear Crumble Oats

In the mix: 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup water, cinnamon (add these ingredients and allow to soak for 5min-overnight heat on high for 1:30 until a consistency you like), 1 Red d’Anjou pear, ~2TBS fruit and nut granola, ~1-2 TBS Crofter’s North America, Almond Butter “Frosting” (1 TBS Almond Butter, 1 TBS Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, 1 TBS Vanilla Soy Milk –combine and heat for 40 seconds in the microwave). I have to give a shout out to KERF and Healthy Exposures for the idea of creating a “frosting” to top my oats with!!

I’m still dying to try Chia Seeds in my oats, speaking of which, check out KATE‘S CHIA SEED GIVEAWAY!

This was delicious! I’m starting to think I am a “fall foods” girl; I will never tire of cinnamon, apples, pears, squash, pumpkin, cranberry or turkey! I am leaving for class this morning MUCH more satisfied than yesterday. Food really does affect your mood and the way you feel, so treat yourself right!

Starting the Weekend off Right,

Nora

What is your favorite oat concoction?

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