Tag: Breakfast

Tale of an Oatmeal Newbie: The Mystery of the Overnight Oats!

Tale of an Oatmeal Newbie: The Mystery of the Overnight Oats!

📌(Chocolate PB Breakfast Recipe at the end of the post)

Why did I wait so long to try ‘Overnight Oats?’ 

Because, well, oats sounded icky. Oats sounded way to healthy for me!  Oats?  Nah, I’ll pass. They won’t be tasty enough. They won’t be filling enough. I don’t eat oats. I can’t eat oats. I am not one of those healthy eaters?

🔴But, I was wrong. Oats are going to be a permanent addition to he foods I eat.

Oats are high in protein and fiber and healthy, digestible carbs. They barely have any sugar and have no sodium.

🔹Change is slow.  I am 44.  I have 44 years of habits and routines to modify.  Change doesn’t happen overnight.  Going cold turkey and changing everything at once has never been sustainable for me.  Slow change is working, so I am not messing with my pace.

🔹The type of carb you eat can make real difference…intellectually, we all know this, but I promise that you will FEEL the difference when you start to use more whole grains.  This past week, I started to focus on oatmeal.  My goodness!  There are so many types of oatmeal!  Rolled, Steel Cut, Old-Fashioned, Frozen, etc.  I could spend days explaining the difference, but generally, they are all ‘oats’…but may need different prep time and may taste different.

🔹Part of the personal ‘tweaks’ to my personal food selections over the past few months has been to see if I can still be happy with ‘healthier’ and ‘less processed’ versions of regular foods.

🔔The answer is usually, a big YES…but we all have different taste buds.  Trial and error is key to my process.  Many of my ‘experiments’ do not work out.

☑️You have to actively try new things and figure out what will work for you and YOUR taste buds.  I look at this effort as a grand adventure in food…after all, we all LOVE to eat, right?  Why not dive into the food arena and figure out  new ways to enjoy foods you love?

☑️I find that my list of healthier foods that make me satisfied AND act as the whole, ‘Food is Fuel’ mantra, grows every single day.  Personally, I am all about variety, so I am always looking for new foods and products and recipes that add a little ‘sparkle’ to my daily food menus.

🍫This chocolate breakfast felt like a dessert and I cannot wait to make it again!  In fact, I bet if I served it as dessert, it would be a hit!

😎My breakfasts can range from 4-10 sp, so although 8 is a little on the higher end, this fills me up for hours and I feel great knowing that my body is processing every bit of what I ate!  So, not the prettiest-looking food, but a pretty fabulous choice!

📌Overnight Oats📌

8 SmartPoints or 1 sp on Weight Watchers Simply Filling

  • 2 tbsp PB2 = 1sp
  • 1/4 cup fat free skim milk = 1sp
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats = 4sp
  • 1-2 super sweet, ripe bananas = 0sp
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder = 0sp
  • 1 container Fage 0% Nonfat Greek Strained Yogurt = 2sp

Questions?  Comments?  Do you have any links to fabulous overnight oats to share?  Feel free to add it into the comment section.

😻Happy Experimenting! Consider Oats for your next trial and error adventure!😃

Unlock your own oats mystery!

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Snack Plate

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Plate!

⏱5 Minutes to a Filling 5 SmartPoint Snack Plate!

🍳I love eggs!  Oh, how I love eggs! 🍳

Avocado Egg Plate

Avocado Egg Plate is worth 5 minutes of your time!

♨️Scrambling an egg takes about 30 seconds to scramble and then just a few minutes to cook on the stove or 20-30 seconds to microwave.♨️

Now, how about eggs 🥚 & 🥑 avocado? Oh, yes….a winning combo…Add some crackers?  Oh, yes..now, we are building something nibble-worthy!

🔷Recipe for my Avocado Egg Snack Plate🔷

(also known as my Avocado Egg Breakfast Plate)

  • Scramble one egg (2 sp)
  • Mash 1 oz of avocado (1sp)
  • Layer Egg & Avocado onto 4 Club Crackers (2sp)
  • Add a pinch of salt to the top of each layer
  • Garnish with carrots, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and 🍇 grapes (for a bit of sweet)
  • Garnish with chives (not the grapes)

😍Savor each tasty nibble with your favorite beverage, mine is a 3sp cappuccino!☕️

Want more Egg-Info-Inspiration?  Click this link.

What is your favorite snack plate?

Chicken & Broccoli Omelette with minced garlic will leave you full for hours

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

Mmmm. A great omelette & breakfast fills me up for hours! 🍳🍳🍳I always think I don’t have the time, but many days, I really do! I just have to nudge myself to nurture myself.

  • 4 oz liquid egg whites (1sp)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (1sp)
  • 2 ounces pre-cooked grilled skinlesschicken breast with herb seasoning (by my air fryer this weekend) (1sp)
  • Minced broccoli, onions, & 1 clove of garlic (0sp)

🍏Equals 3 glorious filling sp!

PLUS

  • Half serving of Air fryer Cauliflower (0sp)
  • Fresh Cauliflower tossed with 1 tsp of olive oil is 1sp for whole batch, but I only had half.
  • Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes, tossing 2-3 times.

PLUS

A beautiful garnish of clementine, cherry tomatoes, and a few green apple slices (0sp).

EQUALS

👍A beautiful 4sp breakfast that leaves room for my 3sp cappuccino!☕️

🕰Total time in kitchen: 20 minutes from opening the fridge to sitting down to eat. And that includes making the coffee in my Nespresso maker.

😁Taking the time (on some days) to make a filling, fabulous breakfast is totally worth it!
YOU are worth making a great breakfast for!
Take care of YOU and enjoy that satisfied, full feeling for hours!  This is fundamental self-care!

Quick and Cute Air Fryer Crustless Quiche

Quick & Cute Crustless Quiche (Made In 8 Minutes In Your Air Fryer!)

I have been making all kinds of eggs almost daily in my air fryer. I am going to try to share some of my favorites this week. I shall start with what I call a ‘fancy omelette’ also known as a crustless quiche. We do eat with our eyes first, so sometimes, it is nice to dress up your food. 

😊Oh-So-Good👍

🔹Air Fryer Ramekin Quick & Cute Crustless Quiche🔹

(You could make this as an omelette, too!)

Air Fryer Crustless Quiche for 2 Quick Reference Guide

Air Fryer Crustless Quiche for 2 Quick Reference Guide for easy ‘fancy’ eggs! 7-8 minutes at 400 in your air fryer.

(to make the above image bigger, click on the circle image on the bottom of this post)

You’ll need to adjust your ingredients, and possibly the cooking time, for the size and type of ramekin you use. My ramekins are big ones as I only wanted to buy them once.

(They were bought a few years ago from Sur La Table with Chocolate Lava Cakes in mind)

A traditional quiche would have a crust & I may try one in the future, but I wanted to try a fancier version of an omelette I have made many times. I suppose these could be baked in an oven, but I am not sure of how long I would cook it…besides, no preheating with the air fryer.

🍳Recipe Serves 2🍳

🔹Air Fryer Ramekin Quick & Cute Crustless Quiche🔹

  • Prep time:  5 minutes
  • Cook time:  7-9 minutes @400, but always adjust time and temp to your own air fryer.

Ingredients:

  • 🥚6 oz egg whites
  • 🧀1 tbsp pecorino romano cheese
  • ▪️1/4 cup diced fresh scallions
  • 🔸1/4 cup diced asparagus (cooked is ideal or warm them in the air fryer for a few minutes prior to adding them to the egg mixture)
  • 🔹Pinch of salt
  • 🔸1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 🥔1/2 cup of simply potatoes shredded hash browns (or just shred potatoes)
  • 🧀1/4 cup of Sargento Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese (trader joe’s lite mozz is less points if you have it handy)
  • 🍅1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Spray 2 Ramekins with canola or any non-stick spray
  2. Mix up egg whites, vegetables, potatoes, cheese, & seasonings.
  3. Bake in air fryer 7-8 minutes at 390-400.
  4. Let them sit in the air fryer for a few minutes after the timer goes off.
  5. Ramekins get EXTREMELY hot, so use caution picking these up & out of the basket.

🍳SmartPoints:  Mine came out to 3sp each, but always calculate your own in the recipe builder of the Weight Watchers app or use a recipe builder such as the one found on www.myfitnesspal.com   (click on images below to make them bigger)

 

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