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Now that cooler temperatures have begun to set in, it’s time to bust out my mini crockpot and serve up heaping bowls of oatmeal each morning. Oatmeal is such a great food to eat in the morning because it fills you up AND keeps you full. Now, I’ll admit it, I used to be an instant oatmeal kind of girl (mmm maple brown sugary goodness). It’s so easy to just throw a packet in the microwave and BOOM…oatmeal; but trust me, it ain’t got nothin’ on these oats. Besides, 1 packet of instant oatmeal never kept me full! I had to eat 3 packets; otherwise I’d be starving around 10am. Not cool.

This recipe yields 4 HEFTY servings (at around 250 calories…depending on your “add-ins). Trust me, you won’t be hungry in 2 hours after eating this hot cereal!

I love to utilize the slow cooker method for oatmeal because it makes breakfast a breeze. I throw everything into the 3 1/2 quart crockpot, give it a stir, set the temperature to low snd say “nighty night.” When we wake up, we have a wholesome, no brainer, breakfast; piping hot and ready to eat! It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever! Not to mention, any leftovers become lunch for JBird (since she can’t seem to scarf down enough of it!).

Here’s what I use when making my super awesome oatmeal:

-1C Scottish Oatmeal (aka porridge) **I use Bob’s Red Mill brand because it’s the absolute best (taste wise and nutritionally). You could also use Steel Cut Oats, but steer clear of quick oats. You’ll end up with a gummy mess (and no breakfast…wah wah)**

-3C water

-1C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/2 tsp salt

-a few dashes of cinnamon

-a few dashes of nutmeg

-2 tbs ground flax

-some “spray oil” (like Pam) to coat the inside of the crock to prevent sticking.

Set on low for 8-10 hours (however long you sleep for)

wake up and enjoy!

I add 2 tsp of pure maple syrup and a sliced up banana to mine after it’s done cooking. It’s totally boss.

Things to add while it’s cooking:

-raisins

-dried cherries

-chopped apples (yumm! I bet this would taste like apple crisp!)

-pears

-figs

-dates

-dried blueberries

-shredded zucchini (it would totally taste like zucchini bread batter! Oh Em Gee!)

Optional Post-Cooking Toppings:

-fresh blueberries

-honey (but don’t feed this to your babies! thanks.)

-pure maple syrup (none of that maple flavored junk that comes in fun shaped bottles)

-walnuts, pecans, almonds…whatever you like, go nuts! (haha!)

-banana!

The possibilities are endless!

A few weeks back, I was contacted by a member of Joy Bauer’s team (and yes, that’s *the* Joy Bauer as seen on the Today Show AND the nutritional consultant for Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious).¬†They wanted me ¬†to write a review for the updated edition of her book,¬†Food Cures. At first, I was completely shocked that anyone (other than my family and close friends) was even aware that this blog existed. Of course, once the shock wore off, I excitedly agreed to jump on the Food Cures bandwagon. I cannot tell you how many times, during the course of reading this book, I thought to myself “Oh My Gosh! I love this woman!” Seriously, Love. Her. Everything she talks about makes sense.

Since Joy Bauer is a nutritionist, her advice is based on sound scientific research and studies; not just the ¬†“I’m skinny because I do *this*….so you should do it too. The end” trend that you tend to see from celebrities who don’t have the nutriton “street cred” to back up anything they say. Joy Bauer does not use jargon. Everything is simple and to the point. Basically, “watch what you eat, eat good wholesome food, see results.” Boom.

Want beautiful skin? There’s a chapter on that. Want to help control your migraines? There’s a chapter on that too! In fact, She talks about everything from arthritis to cancer prevention! Food Cures is an extremely useful resource that, in my opinion, would fit perfectly on anyone’s health and wellness bookshelf.

The chapter that really grabbed my attention was on weight loss. Mr. FeelGoodFoodie and I both have some baby weight to lose still and I’ve been looking for a *push* to reign in my eating again. Using Food Cures, we first re-assessed our weight and BMI’s and each set a goal for ourselves (To weigh “X” amount by a certain date). Next, we caluclated how many calories we needed to consume in order to lose X amount of weight (Yes! You need to eat in order to lose weight!! Bauer empahsizes this point as well). Finally, we mapped out meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) so we’d know exactly how many calories we’d be eating during the day.

**we’ll also be recording what we eat every day in order to stay on track…which , in my opinion, is the absolute key to successful weight loss**

For the frist week, Bauer recommends cutting all starches out of dinners (including starchy vegetables like potatoes, squash and corn). This proved to be the most challenging for me; mainly because we’re getting into squash season and I really want to eat my weight in butternut squash. However, it’s just one week. No biggie. By cutting out starches at dinner time, you’re giving your body an extra weight loss boost (plus, we all tend to eat too many starchy carbs at dinner and not enough veggies).

Aside from BMI 101 and great meal planning ideas, the weight loss chapter is also filled ¬†with lots of great tips to help you be successful on your weight loss journey. One of my favorite tips (that I think we all tend to forget about) is: only eat one serving of fat per meal. Whether it’s in the form of oil, butter, salad dressing, cheese, etc. She also points out that many “zero calorie” sprays (you know the ones) aren’t actually 0 calories! A bottle of “butter substitute” spray could have as much as 900 calories per bottle! Besides, it’s best for your body to NOT eat artificial anything. You’re better off just portioning out some real butter or olive oil. Moderation is key!

Speaking of moderation, she also encourages you to save room (calorie wise) for various low-calorie fun foods! This includes 150 calories worth of dark chocolate..a day! What?! You had me at chocolate, Ms. Bauer. Now, if only I could find a way to perfect a (delicious) 150 calorie Nutella cheesecake. I think I’d be up for a Nobel Peace Prize for that feat!

The really great thing ¬†about Food Cures is that every chapter is connected with one main theme: eat honest to goodness good food and it WILL make you feel better. That’s what food is supposed to do! If the food you eat makes you feel sick, slow, fatigued, and overall icky…then you shouldn’t be eating *that* food. It’s amazing how healing food is, by nature.

Aside from being chock full of great information and advice, Food Cures also has a bunch of really great recipes. Each recipe is specially designed for the specific chapter it corresponds with (ie: IBS, Memory, Diabetes, etc); which means you don’t have to go searching for recipes to fit your (new) dietary needs! She does all the work for you (including a specially tailored grocery list)! Love it!

If your body is weighed down by “junk”, whether it be chemicals, sugar, environmental toxins or what have you, then it will not ¬†perform to it’s full potential….you will inevitably get sick (either from respiratory illnesses, obesity, high cholesterol or even the big C; cancer). You deserve to feel great, and look great, from the inside out. If you’re looking to change how you feel, by changing what you eat, then I highly recommend checking out Food Cures; chances are you won’t regret it.

**This is not a paid endorsement for Joy Bauer’s Food Cures. Aside from receiving this book in the mail, I was not paid to review it. That being said, It really is a great book and valuable resource…I feel like I’m starting to sound like a Reading Rainbow Kid…but don’t take my word for it**

I have an embarrassing confession: I spent an outrageous amount of money on groceries this summer. At the time, I *thought* I was being budget-conscious but looking back at the pile of grocery receipts…I was totally wrong. Oops.

Now that summer is over, I have devised a new plan of attack for saving money on a weekly basis.¬†¬†I’ve decided to challenge myself to use 1 whole chicken to feed our family for a whole work week (5 days). This is also one of the many steps I am taking to *start* wasting less food.

First, I bought an organic, free range, pre-packaged bird from our local co-op. It was about 4 pounds; or $18 worth of tasty chicken-y goodness. I’m sure some of you are astonished by that number, but remember: we’re getting 5 meals for a little less than $4 a meal (to feed 2.5 people). Not too shabby.

I try to only buy organic meat because I want to make sure my family isn’t consuming unsafe chemicals, antibiotics or even potential diseases. Typically, free range chickens are healthier birds too (and the thought of eating a sick chicken is just gross). So yes, I pay more but I get more too. This is also why I like to get the most out of my chicken! (That’s just a weird sentence to say out loud).

I *highly* recommend checking out this YouTube video. I found it extremely helpful.


I am pretty new to the world of “dissecting” a chicken but it’s surprisingly easy (and dare I say fun?); especially after watching a “How-To” video first. When you cut up a whole chicken yourself, you really feel like you’re an active participant in the field-to-table process. Maybe that’s just me though.

I like to package my pieces by meal. That way, I don’t have to think about it later.¬†

When it comes to chicken breasts, I cut them in half before freezing. We started only eating half a breast each a few months back to cut down on our meat consumption (and to save money). Plus, we end up consuming more veggies this way. Double Bonus!

Here is a list of how I distributed the chicken:

-1 breast: White Chicken Chili (one meal, plus leftovers)

-thighs and “tenders”: chicken and rice in the slow cooker (one meal)

-legs and wings: Arroz Con Pollo (one meal)

-1 breast: Coconut Curry Chicken Soup (2 meals)

-carcass: 4 quarts of Chicken stock

This photo reminds me of Dexter. Is that weird?

You could potentially make 1 chicken last 2 weeks if you substituted meatless dishes every other day. That’s my next “self-challenge”.

 

**Make sure your workspace is clean before starting. Also, use a plastic or glass cutting board when working with raw chicken; NOT wood. Clean it thoroughly with hot, soapy water when you’re done. I like to wash mine, then put it in the dishwasher for additional sanitizing. What can I say, I’m weird. Remember: Nobody likes salmonella. **

The Bird

It’s Friday night. I’m exhausted. I’m having a total writers block when it comes to food. Mind you, I’ve cooked all week; even some new stuff. However, I really don’t want to write about it. Yet, I still want to squeeze in a post before the weekend. Instead of posting about food I am going to post some ADORABLE pictures of “The Bird” aka JBird.

I took them today in preparation for her one-year photo shoot next weekend. Starting tomorrow, I have to gather all the necessary supplies for said photo shoot. I’m going to bake and decorate a “smash cake”, make an autumnal tutu, make a “birthday” shirt, AND take all the pictures myself! EEK!

Now, prepare to be annihilated from cuteness:

 

I cannot believe she’s going to be 1 year old in less than 2 weeks. This is going way too fast.

Seriously, how cute is this baby? I mean, C’Mon, I don’t think it’s possible to get any more adorable. The cheeks, they slay me. I want to kiss them off her face.