Zucchini + Oats = ZOATS

What’s a zoat?! Much like zoodles are noodles, zoats are oats made out of zucchini (plus, they’re fun to say.) While they’re not the prettiest of breakfast bowls, they sure are delicious and super, duper healthy, without any gluten, dairy, or sugar! What’s better than polishing off a cozy breakfast knowing that you’ve already gotten in a good serving of veggies? Nada.

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Breakfast Zoats (makes 1 large or 2 smaller portions)

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1 heaping spoonful of flaxmeal
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts or nuts of choice
  • optional: 1 egg or 1 scoop collagen peptides or protein powder of choice

Grate zucchini into a saucepan on heated stove top. Add remaining ingredients, mix together, and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Transfer to bowl and enjoy warm.

One Healthy Breakdown: totes for zoats that taste like oats!

Pumpkin Spice Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This breakfast recipe is not only easy and healthy, but also clearly the epitome of fall. Autumn is surely the season for all things pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon. Breakfast should fuel your day with long-lasting energy and deliciousness. Check and check. Let’s dig in, shall we?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or water (or milk of choice)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 apple chopped or 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds) chopped walnuts, or pecans

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Instructions:

Add oats to liquid in pot on stove on medium heat. Once oats begin to cook and thicken, turn heat to low and add all other ingredients. Stir and finish cooking (should take about 5-8 minutes.) Once the oatmeal is thick, remove from heat and let cool a minute before serving. Feel free to top oatmeal (just for visual appeal) with apple slices and cinnamon, more pumpkin, sprinkled nuts, or nothing at all. Enjoy this hearty fall-flavored meal!

One Healthy Breakdown: fueling with fall foods.

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

Back to school means back to our routines, alarm clocks, and catching the bus. Although it can be tough to get the kids to have a decent meal before school, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Children need fuel for school, both for their brain and body to function. Eating a healthy breakfast stabilizes blood sugar, energy, mood, and increases focus.

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While there are hundreds of packaged “breakfast” foods on the market, making breakfast at home ensures much healthier ingredients as opposed to sugar and chemicals you’ll find in most pre-packaged options (ie: Pop-tarts, granola bars, and most kid-friendly cereals.)  All of these kid-friendly ideas take 10 minutes or less to make and can be taken on-the-go!

1. PB & J Smoothie (makes 1 serving):

In a blender, combine:

  • ¾ cup strawberries (or berries of choice, frozen are great too)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • optional: ½ frozen banana
  • optional: a handful of greens (spinach, kale, romaine, etc.)

Instructions: add ice cubes for desired temperature/consistency and serve in a glass once blended. Cheers!

2. Healthy Pancakes or Waffles (makes 2 servings):

In a bowl or blender, combine:

  • ¾ cup whole-grain flour of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • optional: add a banana and use 1/4 cup less flour

Instructions: lightly coat heated pan/skillet with butter/coconut oil/cooking spray and add pancake mix in small circles. Flip once pancake solidifies (typically 4-5 minutes) and let cook until desired crispness (2-3 minutes.) Plate pancakes and serve with butter, peanut butter, and/or natural maple syrup. Tastes like a treat, but healthy enough for everyday!

3. Overnight Oats (prepare the night before, makes 2 servings):

In a bowl, jar, or tupperware container, combine:

  • 3/4 cup oats
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: dash of cinnamon
  • optional: add nuts or nut butter

Instructions: simply stir together the ingredients and refrigerate overnight for an instant healthy breakfast in the morning!

If you’d like more individual nutritional advice for you or your family, please contact kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to set up a meeting. Kiley is certified in nutrition and clinical social work with women, children, and families.

One Healthy Breakdown: fuel for school!

Blue Maca Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a great alternative to cereal in the morning and they’re a huge time-saver. Cool, refreshing, and uber healthy, this recipe includes blueberries and maca powder for an extra dose of vitamins, minerals, mood-boosters, energy, and more! Let’s get soakin’, shall we?

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Ingredients: (gluten-free, dairy-free, and no added sugar!)

  • 1/3 cup plain raw oats (I prefer Purely Elizabeth)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • optional: 1 tablespoon nut butter of choice

Instructions:

Combine oats, almond milk, seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and blueberries. Mix and refrigerate in a jar or bowl overnight. In the morning, add your maca, stir, and go to town!

One Healthy Breakdown: super blue superfood breakfast in a flash!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Holla to my fellow carrot cake lovers out there! Offering a healthy twist on the heavenly dessert we all know and love. Not only delicious, this one’s also super nutritious and good warm or cold!

FullSizeRender_1Carrot Cake Oatmeal: (makes one serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp walnut pieces
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or coconut butter
  • Optional: 1 tsp shredded coconut, 1 tsp raisins, or 1 tsp nut butter of choice
  • For post-workout/added protein: add 1 egg while cooking

IMG_3474Cook oats on stovetop in coconut/almond milk, adding vanilla, cinnamon, and pie spice and stir. Follow by adding grated carrots, maple syrup, walnuts, and coconut oil/butter and continue to stir. Once mixture is thick, turn off heat and transfer to bowl. Top with shredded coconut, nut butter, and/or raisins and enjoy warm. Thank me later…

FullSizeRenderOne Healthy Breakdown: Carrot cake oatmeal makes breakfast the perfect time to have your cake and it too…with a healthy dose of veggies that is!

 

Berry Good Oat Bars

Introducing the berry good oat bar, star of the snack scene and best blueberry- loaded breakfast in town! Loaded with nutrients, these babies are chewy like a brownie, but much healthier, with the perfect combination of carbs, protein, and fat. Now, that’s berry, berry good!

IMG_1975In a mixer/blender, combine all of the following ingredients:

2 cups berries (blueberries or a variety of berries, fresh or thawed frozen)
1 cup plain oats
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup nuts OR nut butter of choice
1 tablespoon flax
1 teaspoon honey

optional additions:
1 scoop high-quality protein powder for extra protein
1/4 cup goji berries
1 tablespoon hemp or chia seeds

Spray a large brownie pan and pour batter evenly into pan. Bake at 325-350 for about 15-20 minutes. Check with a fork, they’ll be soft, but won’t stick to fork. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and cut into individual bars. Serve cool or heated and enjoy any time of day.

IMG_1964One Healthy Breakdown: sounds like berry good plan!

Sticky Oats

Oatmeal is a traditional favorite breakfast for a reason; it provides energy, fiber, and tons of nutrients. Low on the glycemic index, oatmeal is a great way to start your day. Just be sure to opt for whole rolled or steel-cut oats (preferably organic) instead of instant oatmeal as processing strips nutrients and adds unnecessary sugar. For a super healthy, protein-packed oatmeal that’s delicious and nutritious, try sticky oats!

FullSizeRender_2Sticky oats: (makes 2 servings)

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (preferably organic)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil on stove. Add all ingredients above and stir at low heat until desired consistency (about 10 minutes.) Add your favorite oatmeal toppings (nut butter, dried fruit, etc.) and enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: the stickier, the better!

One Healthy “Baked” Oatmeal

photo 2I love weekends. I love breakfast. I love oatmeal. I love oatmeal almost as much as I love pancakes. Why do I feel the need to express my love for oatmeal? It’s just such a classic, timeless, never-gets-old, filling, healthy, energy-packed, adaptable breakfast! Here’s an adaptation you may not yet have tried. Even if you’re not a fan of oatmeal’s soft, thin, texture, you WILL be a fan of this crunchy, nutty baked version. Plus, it takes THREE minutes to make, can you swing it?!

One Healthy Baked Oatmeal: (makes one serving)

  • 1/4 cup oats (old-fashioned, steel cut, or both!)
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in microwave-safe bowl. Either pop in the micro for 2.5 minutes or, if you’re really patient, bake in oven in pan for 20-25 mins. This one’s sweet enough to enjoy solo, but feel free to add your fave oatmeal toppers. Dig in!

One Healthy Breakdown: The perfect way to get “baked!”

One Healthy Cookie Dough!

Repeat after me: RAW COOKIE DOUGH. Now that I have your attention…check this out:

602878_582537878462770_1634861679_nHEALTHY COOKIE DOUGH:

  •  1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • ½ cup organic raw rolled oats
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon nuts of choice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips/1 oz. dark chocolate bar broken into pieces/cacao nibs
  • splash of almond milk or water if needed for consistency

Blend all together in a high-powered blender or food processor and begin to devour. Now tell me that doesn’t taste just like the sinfully delicious raw cookie dough?!

One Healthy Breakdown: try upgrading your recipes…and, eat cookie dough by the spoonful!

 

Step Right Into Fall

Road Through ForestIf you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: summer’s over, folks! Luckily, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll get to enjoy the fall weather (and for locals, the beach isn’t going anywhere!) as it turns from warm to crisp to (eek!) chilly. With the change in season, comes a pretty sudden shift back into a routine. While summer is a time to let loose a little bit, school and work schedules get us right back on track for September, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For me, I’m a sucker for routine. It just makes me feel grounded to stick to a schedule, while enjoying what fall has to offer of course.

Who doesn’t get excited for apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, fall hikes, and boots?! Fall is a fun season, so take advantage! Pick the apples, order the pumpkin spice, or, even better, make some home-made pumpkin recipes, light a scented candle, hike more, wear cozy sweaters, carve a jack-o-lantern, and enjoy! Here are a few of my top tips for stepping (not falling!) right into fall!

apples on a burlap bag1. An apple a day! Utilize that in-season produce as much as possible. Some local fall bests (other than the obvious apples and pumpkins) include kale, brussels sprouts, cranberries, escarole, grapes, celery, pea pods, raddichio, and kohlrabi. Pick it, cook with it, eat it.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, opt for an apple. They’re nature’s candy and super fresh this time of year, especially if you pick your own! One of my favorite afternoon snacks is as simple as it is healthy (are you surprised?) Just cut an apple into bit-sized pieces. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a little Stevia (optional) and microwave for three minutes. Let cool and you have a delicious, warm, and comforting snack. Add oats, nuts, some crunchy cereal, nut butter, (or cooked apple!) for some sustenance or to make a healthy dessert (or breakfast!)

2. It’s not winter yet! Take advantage of fall weather by exercising outdoors. Fall is the perfect season for outdoor running, bike riding, hiking, and even some extended paddle boarding on warmer days. No one can argue that a fall run through the woods with the colorful foliage beats the treadmill any day. Our bodies still need that Vitamin D from the sun, so try a new outdoor activity and enjoy the great outdoors while you move!

3. Plan and pack! Packing your own lunch is cost-efficient and allows for far more control over what you eat during the day. Choose a few simple staples you know you’ll enjoy and make them. Salads, sandwiches, wraps, parfaits, soups, etc. With a busy routine, food prep is KEY. Plan lunches and/or dinners for the week and get your grocery shopping done on the weekends. Make big salads and divide them into containers for each day of the week. Cook in bulk and freeze or pack leftovers for lunch. Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks like yogurt, veggies, hummus, fruit, nuts, or your own trail mix and be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!

mid section view of a woman cutting vegetablesTo save time in the morning, you can even prepare breakfast the night before. One of my favorites is overnight oats. Just soak 1/3 cup of rolled oats (uncooked) in 1/2 cup of almond milk. Stir in a tablespoon of chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.. Refrigerate overnight and mixture will be thick and ready for you to add your favorite ‘toppings’ and devour in the morning, hot or cold. Whatever you choose, having healthy meals on-hand will save time, money, and rule out those last-minute not-so-good choices.

One Healthy Breakdown: Step into your happiest, healthiest fall!