Brown sugar pear steel cut oats

“While pears are delicious all on their own, they’re even better browned in a little butter and brown sugar.”

On a chill fall or winter morning, or any morning for that matter, nothing is more satisfying than a warm bowl of steel cut oats! Topping it with a layer of the brown sugar pears and pecans is perfection.

Recipe:
Serves: 2
INGREDIENTS
  • 3/4 cup steel cut oats, dry
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 Tbsp butter or olive oil (non-dairy butter for vegan)
  • 2-3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and chopped*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • Additional toppings: pecans, granola, nut butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Start your oats by bringing 1.5 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling add a pinch of salt, then your oats. Swirl to coat then cover and turn heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender.
  2. In the meantime, prepare your pears. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil or butter. Once bubbling, add brown sugar and stir. Then immediately add in pears, lemon juice and cinnamon and stir to coat. Cover to steam and soften the pears and cook for 10 or so minutes or until tender and golden brown. Once tender, remove the lid to allow them to caramelize a bit more. Remove from heat.
  3. Divide oats between two bowls and top with equal servings of pears. I also added a few pecans, which added a nice crunch and more protein.

The steel cut oats can be subbed by another grain such as rolled oats or quinoa. Even if pears aren’t your thing, you can sub in apples or even blueberries. For more information and pictures, go to the original post from Minimalist Baker.

Homemade almond milk

Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.” – Anonymous

Almond milk is a commonly used as a milk substitute. People prefer almond milk over regular milk because of its long shelf life. Almond milk is very low in calories. It has only 40 calories per serving. It also contains about three grams of fat per serving, but they are all healthy fats that help protect your heart and preserve cognitive function.

Compared to regular milk, almond milk is the healthier choice. It contains a wide variety of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function.

Have you try homemade almond milk?

If you have tried store-bought almond milk, you will be surprised about how much you will like the homemade version. It is cheap and easy to make too.

Ingredients for a 4 cups serving:

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked in water for 4 to 6 hours and rinsed well
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • nut milk bag or cheese cloth for straining

Directions: Combine the drained almonds and 4 cups of filtered water in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Almond milk is a delicious and nutritious alternative to dairy milk. This homemade almond milk is light and creamy but it is free of lactose or casein.

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest the milk sugar lactose, causing gastrointestinal symptoms of flatulence, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea. Overall, about 75 percent of the world’s population lose their lactase enzymes after weaning.

Healthy snacks for watching Boston Red Sox at home

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

Baseball fans? Curling up on the sofa and tuning into World Series match? Inviting some friends over to cheer along with you?

Yup, that is me.

Baseball games can get long and tense, so I think it would be wonderful to stay fortified with plenty of munchies. I want to share couples of healthy snacks recipes that would complete your night.

How to make a delicious and healthy salad

Knowing where your food comes from can change your life.” – Alice Waters

The reason people eat salad as their main meal is because they want to cut their calorie intake. However, eating a few lettuce leaves with creamy dressing does not help cut down on calories. Some people make their salad meal incorrectly. A lot of people build their salad as they would make an appetizer, then they let themselves starve throughout the day. Others put tons of ingredients in their salad to avoid being hungry because they think they only eat leaves for lunch. If you are going to use a salad as a meal replacement, you should treat the salad as a completed meal not an appetizer or a side dish.

A meal is supposed to stave off hunger as well as nourish you and keep you lively throughout your day or at least until your next meal. It supposed to be a larger portion than a snack, but not so large that you feel your tummy is about to blow out. A good meal is going to provide you vegetables, carbs and protein. It is important that you consider those parts when making your salad.

For example, my salad is made with mushrooms, cucumbers, poppyseeds, spinach leaves, lentils, raspberries, a couple of slices of a baguette, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar as dressing. The oil serves as the fat, the vinegar gives the salty taste, raspberries gives sweetness, bread as carbs, and lentils for protein.

You can make your salad as beautiful, flavorful, and colorful as your desire, but it is still fulfilling and healthy.

Jill Fit has seven tips and rules to help you build a delicious and healthy salad that you will actually enjoy eating.

Take extra time to build a better salad for your lunch or dinner. I promise you will appreciate it.

Whole wheat Greek yogurt pancakes

Nothing taste as good as being healthy and full of energy feels.” – Unknown

Craving for pancake?

I want to show you fun ways to make homemade healthy pancakes. This recipe is little bit different from normal pancakes’ recipes because we replace some of the ingredients to make our favorite pancakes’ recipes healthier without sacrificing flavor. Whole wheat Greek yogurt pancakes is one of the examples. It contains 33 calories for one serving (5 – 5.5″ pancake). It includes 1 gram of total fat, 139 mg sodium, 5 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. This is also low cholesterol pancakes.

The ingredients of whole wheat greek yogurt pancakes (makes about 15 pancakes):

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups light (canned) coconut milk
  • 6 ounces container plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add milk, yogurt, vanilla, and honey, whisking until smooth. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour batter into rounds. Let cook until bubbles appear on the surface, about 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve with low-fat butter, syrup, or fruit.

Other choices of Greek yogurt pancakes are blueberry or banana Greek yogurt pancakes.

Top 8 healthiest drinks

The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt

When we think about healthy drinks, water immediately comes to mind. Water is the best choice for quenching our thirst. It is calorie-free and easy to find at the nearest tap. It provides everything the body needs to restore fluids lost through metabolism, breathing, sweating, and the removal of waste. However, there are other healthy drinks, such as coffee and tea, without sweeteners.

These are the list of top 8 healthiest drinks:

  • green tea: helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and cavities.
  • mint tea: eases cramps and helps ward off indigestion.
  • one percent reduced-fat milk: curbs cravings and helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • soy milk: lowers risk of heart disease.
  • hot chocolate: improves mood and may help protect against heart disease.
  • low-sodium tomato juice: may protect against numerous cancers.
  • cranberry juice: helps prevent gum disease.
  • orange juice: may ward off cataracts, cancers, and birth defects and boost immunity.

Banana ghost pops

“Halloween is coming, bring on the tricks. Come to our party, we provide the treats.” – Anonymous

Being conscious of our health during Halloween does not mean that we need to pass all the sweet candies. Finding goodies that are portable, lightweight, nutritious, and packed in factory-sealed can be quite a challenge, but sometimes it is just a matter of getting back to basics. This banana ghost pops will satisfy your taste buds while providing healthy nutrition to your body.

The ingredients of the banana ghost pops:

  • 1 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 6 raisins
  • 12 dark chocolate chips
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 6 popsicle sticks

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