Blueberry Oats & MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

July 24, 2012 at 9:08 am 11 comments

Good morning to you!

I woke up early because when I have a long to do list, my mind does not like to sleep for long. And seeing as how my to do list of odds n’ ends before I move up to Raleigh is currently 4 pages longs…I better get to steppin’. ;)

Breakfast was a hodge-podge of what I had in the pantry. But one of the star ingredients comes from a past Foodie Pen Pal!

Macadamia Blossom Honey—doesn’t it just sound delish?

Blueberry, Honey & Almond Quick Oatmeal

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 1-2 tsp. Honey

This recipe is all about the layering!

  1. Add oats and water into a microwave safe bowl. Stir and microwave for 1 minute. ***Make sure you watch your oats, so they don’t boil over!
  2. Remove from microwave and stir in cinnamon.
  3. Add blueberries and gently fold in. Mine were frozen, so I let this sit for a minute or two in order to defrost in the oats.
  4. Sprinkle with almond and drizzle with honey.
  5. ENJOY!

SlimKicker Giveaway

While I was at the beach, SlimKicker, a calorie counter and level up weight loss game, contacted me about a giveaway for YOU AWESOME READERS!

SlimKicker is a calorie tracker and game that turns your diet/fitness goals into a level-up game with points and rewards. You rack up points by tracking healthy calories, and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week. You upload a picture of a reward such as a cheat food, or iPod, and SlimKicker will remind you to reward yourself with that reward as you reach a certain number of points. They also have a bunch of recipes for diets as well!

So…on to the part where you get cool stuff…

SlimKicker is offering one lucky reader an Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale! This would be amazing to have in the kitchen, to keep track the exact amounts of food you’re using!

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment on this post about a fun and creative fitness or diet challenge. How do you challenge yourself to stay healthy? Your idea should be about 1-2 sentences, and SlimKicker will choose their favorite challenge idea to win this neat Digital Kitchen Scale.

I’ll announce the winner next Monday, so get creative and be sure to enter!

Good luck!

Kath :)

 

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie  |  July 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

    One way I challenge myself to stay healthy is by creating new meals in the kitchen. I give myself various ingredients (usually multiple kinds of vegetables) and try to make something healthy and delicious by combining new flavors. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s a challenge and it’s fun to be creative!

    One example of this: The other night I had eggplant, mushrooms, asparagus and lemons. Sounded kind of strange, but I ended up stir-frying them all together in about 1/2 Tbsp of Smart Balance. I seasoned them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then added some quinoa l had left over from another night. I squeezed some lemon juice over the top for a little extra pop of flavor, and it was delicious! Ended up tasting like a lemony-garlicy kind of vegetable fried rice, but with quinoa! Yum :)

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  • 2. Kyle  |  July 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    The way I challenge myself in the kitchen is when I cook for others. A certain someone that I like to cook for, cough Kathleen cough, doesn’t eat red meat or pork so trying to adjust reci

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    • 3. Kyle  |  July 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Whoops…. hit send before I was finished.

      I often find myself having to adjust recipes to include poultry rather than red meat. I also try to include more vegetables than I normally would, rather than have a starch base for the meal.

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  • 4. Life After Swimming  |  July 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

    One way that I think I could challenge myself is to monitor how much protein I get and make a challenge to get enough each day. As someone who rarely eats meat, getting protein in is something I should really focus on! Making it into a game, and rewarding myself in the end, could definitely motivate me to make sure I get more than enough protein!

    Love this giveaway :)

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  • 5. recimplicity  |  July 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    One way to challenge myself is to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. Breakfast is the hardest for me, so I will set a number of days to eat veggies in the morning each week.

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  • 6. carolinapanda  |  July 25, 2012 at 12:47 am

    My favorite way to stay healthy is to sneak fitness activities into everyday life. Park farther away at the grocery store, get off the sofa during commercials, and other small things like that. The most fun way is to sneak in workouts while the kids are on the playground. Standing pushups against the fort, chin-ups on the monkey bars, squats by the swings…working fitness into these activities makes it so much easier to get in my daily exercise!

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  • 7. Sam  |  July 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Breakfast is really hard for me since I have to be at work at 8 so I have started eating Greek yogurt with berries or grabbing a banana. I also head the gym at 5 after work for at least 30 minutes of cardio. Cooking for my fiancé is a challenge because I try to eat healthy and he loves everything that is loaded with carbs and fat (and he stays slim!) so we compromise with low cal cheeses or wheat items.

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  • 8. momma d  |  July 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    eating well is challange from the moment i wake up. i LOVE candy and carbs…i would be most happy just eating them but as i am getting older- i realize that i really do need to shape up my eating habits. Over the past year, i have cut out a lot of my sugary habits(bye-bye Twizzlers…sniff sniff) and have found creative ways to eat my veges and liking them. I think my body likes me better for it :)
    xxo

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  • 9. myself by  |  July 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I try to challenge myself to eat five fruits or veggies a day. Do I always succeed? Noo…., but I try! Sometimes I don’t get close but then there are days when I go over. Summer seems to be easier with all the fresh produce. The challenge is a good reminder to not only eat more eat fruits and veggies but to eat healthier in general.

    ox

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  • 10. Syrena  |  July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I challenge myself to be healthy by being locally ‘naturally’ colorful! Using local ingredients, natural by consuming ingredients in their most raw for or simple cooking (not processed and no complicated cooking methods or ingredients) and colorful to inspire variety (ie. carrots, tomatoes radishes and mixed spring greens for a salad).

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  • 11. Alexis  |  July 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I challenge myself to be healthy by having a daily goal which i try and meet. All the small steps put together means big leaps towards reaching the big goals! An example is today’s goal: incorporate 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of vegetables into my diet today. For breakfast I added a banana to my cereal and later today I’m looking forward to some carrots and a Laughing Cow wedge of cheese. :)

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