recipe

Overnight apple cinnamon oatmeal

overnight oatmeal

Wouldn't it be nice to have breakfast ready as you wake up in the morning? I love waking up to aromatic scents from slow cooker. Walking into the kitchen makes me happy because our entire apartment is usually perfumed with sweet scent of apples and cinnamon, just like apple pie. As I mentioned already so many times, breakfast is a must! So, when it comes to fast and balanced breakfast options, it's hard to beat overnight oats. 

1 1/2 cups milk (I used whole milk)

1 1/2 cups water

coconut oil spray (or any cooking spray)

2 unpeeled apples and cut into small cubes

1 cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 tablespoon butter

1 cinnamon stick (remove from slow cooker when oatmeal is ready)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup nuts- almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts

Before you go to bed: Bring milk and water to a boil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat slow cooker with coconut oil spray (cooking spray). Place hot milk with water, apples, oats, butter, honey, salt and cinnamon in slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until oats are tender.

After you wake up: Spoon oatmeal into bowls, top with honey and nuts while and enjoy your nutritious breakfast!

AVOCADO-BANANA PUDDING

banana avocado pudding

Avocado and banana pudding is the best and super healthy raw treat. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, delicious and borrowed from my friend Karinka. All you need is banana, avocado, cacao powder and 15 minutes. Btw, did you know that banana itself is considered a berry? Interesting, isn't it?

2 avocados

2 bananas

1/3 cup cacao powder

Combine avocados, bananas and cacao in blender and blend on high until thoroughly blended and smooth. Feel free to sprinkle it with nuts or garnish with fresh fruit.  

avocado banana


SPINACH & STRAWBERRY SALAD

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Spinach and strawberries are a perfect combination as weather warms, especially if you’ re craving something sweet & savory. You can make satisfying lunch or simple dinner. And if you decide to “go nuts” by adding pecans, they are an excellent source of calcium and other important minerals; you'll surely get a bowl full of vitamins.

serves 3

1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

5 cups baby spinach leaves

½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or cranberry dressing

½ cup pecans (based on your calorie output, you can reward yourself with candied pecans)

Wash and dry spinach leaves, then place them into a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle a bit of dressing over the leaves. Gently toss spinach leaves with strawberries, gorgonzola cheese and top with pecans. Taste the salad and if needed, drizzle on a little bit more dressing.