Category Archives: 21 Day Fix

I do it all for the cookie.

Hi, I’m Katie….and I am a cookie monster!

Recently I had a hankering for some chocolate chip cookies, but since I knew my usual recipe is anything but healthy, I decided to give the healthy 21 Day Fix approved chocolate chip recipe a try. This recipe is from the Fixate cookbook that shares 101 recipes that are compliant with the 21 Day Fix eating plan. Need the cookbook? You can buy it here!

I always have two goals when making a new cookie recipe: Don’t eat them all, and make them good enough that Kyle won’t mind that they are healthy.

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FIXATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

3 cups almond flour (I use Bob’s RedMill)
1 teaspoon gluten free baking soda
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw maple syrup
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 large egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet if you prefer)

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine almond flour, baking soda and salt in bowl, mixing well.
4. Combine oil and maple syrup in bowl, beating until creamy.
5. Add egg, egg whites and extract to oil mixture and beat for additional two minutes.
6. Add almond flour mixture to egg mixture, mixing well.
7. Fold in chocolate chips.
8. Drop teaspoons of dough onto parchment paper.
9. Bake 14-16 minutes and store once cooled in an airtight container. Enjoy!

 

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Cheesecake for Eeeeerrrryyyyyyyyybody!

Things we should know about me by now:

-I like to eat healthy.

-I like to meal plan.

If you are a Life is Katetastic blog regular, you know that this is a very important part of my weekly routine and equally serves as part of the success I have found with losing weight and feeling better overall. From time to time I share my meal plan for the week with my Facebook followers, and usually it sparks at least one person asking for a particular recipe. This week I began the 21 Day Fix with a new batch of Fix challengers and wanted to show how diverse your meal plan can be while eating healthy……and, as usual, had some requests for some of the recipes. I figured I would share two of my favorites so you can spice up your meal plan next week! Here’s a look at my complete plan for the current week:

Don't think eating healthy is boring. I assure you, in my world, it's not.

Don’t think eating healthy is boring. I assure you, in my world, it’s not.

A few weeks ago I, like a million or so others, purchased the newly released Fixate cookbook, a cookbook created by Fix created Autumn Calabrese that shares 101 recipes. This week I made a few of the recipes and have to share with you one of my favorites to date….ladies and gentleman, let’s talk Caprese Chicken.

(Let me preface this by saying the Italian part of me generally gravitates to the Italian dishes….I can’t help it!)

CAPRESE CHICKEN

Ingredients Needed:

-Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

-2 tsp pesto sauce

-Large tomato

-Fresh Mozzarella

-Balsamic Vinegar

-Pepper and Salt

-Fresh Basil Leaves

I prepared my chicken on a stovetop griddle….it is just easier, plus it allowed me to prepare everything else to save me some time. You could use a grill or even bake it if you prefer. Tip: I always opt for a coconut oil cooking spray for a healthier prep option. 

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Here’s a little secret…I prefer Roma tomatoes aka maters over those big guys….not sure why, but find a mater you like and use that. Cut the mater up into slices, and cut the fresh mozzarella up, too!

Once your chicken is completely cooked, top chicken (while on your grill/griddler/whatever) with a spoonful of pesto sauce, a slice of tomato, some fresh basil leaves, and a slice of mozzarella. Cover and cook at a reduced setting for a few minutes until the maters are soft and the cheese is melted. Then plate!

Here’s how I plate: a spoonful of pesto on the plate, a splash of balsamic vinegar, the heavenly chicken breast, then some fresh basil on top. Doesn’t it look fab? I like serving it with spaghetti squash.

Seriously, so easy and delicious. My fix friends, this is one red, 1/2 green, one blue, and one teaspoon.

A+ from Kyle.

A+ from Kyle.

 

Another item on my meal plan that always seems to catch people’s attention is cheesecake. Yes, I have found a way to eat cheesecake on a healthy eating plan. Best part? Super simple!

Katie’s Fix Approved Cheesecake

-Ricotta Cheese

-Splash of vanilla extract

-dash of cinnamon

-Squirt of honey (the natural healthy kind)

-Strawberries

Mix up everything (minus the berries), then top with them. You could also use peaches or cherries, whatever you want. I usually mix it up in my red container (that’s what the ricotta is) to save on a dish and keep me on track.

Easiest dinner life hack.

Easiest dessert life hack.

There you go, folks….a healthy dinner and dessert/snack idea to add to your meal plan.

I like food. I like food a lot. Know what else I like? Sharing these healthy and delicious recipes with you so you can still have an exciting and amazing meal without feeling bored or disappointed. I think many people avoid eating healthy because they think all you eat is veggies and water……not the case at all, my friends.

Those of you who haven’t purchased this yet, get it…..especially all of my fixers!

Life is too short to eat boring. Enjoy!

Pie, Cake, OMG!

Pie, Cake, OMG!

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Hotcakes for a Hot Waist!

Many, many things contributed to me gaining that extra 60 pounds I decided to hang out with a few years ago.

Fast food and booze were up there on the list, but there was one little food friend that helped escalate the weight gain process.

Pancakes. Mother F#%&@ing Pancakes.

I am very honest with my love for breakfast food. IT IS THE BEST! I swear I could eat it every meal of the day and be happy, especially my beloved pancakes. Who doesn’t love a pancake (if you don’t, I may need to put you on friendship probation….Im serious). I love them so much that the very first profile picture I had on Facebook was a rabbit with a pancake on its head.

Don't believe me? Go look at my Facebook.

Don’t believe me? Go look at my Facebook.

When I started my weight loss journey, I knew I would have to seriously re-evaluate my eating habits. I was fine with cutting out the nasty processed food, but my heavenly little buttermilk breakfast buddy…..not so much. With time I learned there were ways I could still make pancakes in a healthy way and enjoy in moderation.

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite recipes: the Cashew Pancake!

I'm nuts about these.

This recipe is from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan, and to be honest, I’m a little mad at Autumn for not sharing it with us sooner. Things I like about it: 1) It’s healthy. 2) It has minimal ingredients. 3) I can make a bunch of them, store them in the fridge, and reheat when needed. 4) Taste great topped with fruit instead of syrup. 5) I can make lots of nutty pun jokes when making them (see what I did there???)

Here’s what you need to make them and the easy instructions, too!

Cashew Pancakes

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup raw cashews

-2 cups oats (old fashioned)

-1 large egg

-Dash Pink Himalayan salt

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

-1 1/3 Cups water

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

All you need!

Here’s how to whip them up!

Step 1: Pulse oats, cashews, cinnamon, and salt in food processor until fine.

Step 2: Add egg, water, oil, and vanilla. Pulse again until batter becomes thicker. If you need to thin it a bit, add a tad bit more water.

Step 3: Heat up your griddle/ pan/ water you are cooking these on (SIDENOTE: the cavemen used to cook their pancakes on rocks) and spray with Coconut Oil. I use this instead of Pam…so much healthier.

My favorite spray!

Step 4: Cook like any other pancake, flipping when one side has browned and the edges bubble.

Step 5: Top with favorite berries or syrup.

Something to mention…..these are more solid than your fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Don’t think you did anything wrong when you flip them and realize they are a little sturdier. They still taste amazing. This recipe makes 10 pancakes, and a serving is 2.

If you want to watch my girl Autumn make them, you can watch here. She uses the same coconut spray as me, so we are basically best friends. Plus the last time I saw her I got to clear a bathroom for her to use, which was pretty neat and made me feel like a jacked sequined security guard. That’s best friend status.

Oh yeah, and get quality kitchen help, like I always seem to have……

On duty 24/7

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No great story ever began with a salad….until the salad met the mason jar.

If you are someone who follows me on Facebook, you know there is one thing I do every single Sunday.

I meal prep #likeaboss.

Back when I started my journey toward a healthier lifestyle, I learned quickly that one of the best things I could do was plan out my meals for the week and prep for them the Sunday before the week began. Initially it seemed like so much work, but after awhile I got into a rhythm where this weekly ritual became just part of my routine.

So why meal prep? Im guessing a few people reading this are asking themselves that question. Let me tell you why I do it.

-IT SAVES ME TIME.

I live an extremely busy lifestyle. As someone running their own business juggling multiple work projects all the time, including planning a wedding, I have no choice but to eat on the run most days. I refuse to eat at fast food restaurants, and it can be pricey to go to sit down restaurants constantly. Plus, let’s be real….I just like the way I cook, and I like to know what kind of food I am putting into my body at all times. Having meals portioned out properly and in cute little containers makes it easy to grab and go.

– IT SAVES ME MONEY.

You may think that it doesn’t, but trust me, it does. When I first started meal planning I went back through the previous month and tallied up how much I spent on random meal purchases, lunches with coworkers or my employees, or quick snacks from wherever I was. It disgusted me how much I spent. Having everything, including snacks ready, eliminates those mindless trips. When I grocery shop, I have a specific list, meaning I am not grabbing random things that aren’t good for my body or my wallet.

-IT KEEPS ME ON TRACK.

I have goals, and I am very conscientious of what I eat. My lifestyle has changed so much over the past couple of years. How I eat is not a diet; it is my way of life. We are only given one body on this Earth, and I am taking care of mine by making healthy choices in the kitchen. I won’t tell you that I don’t ever eat unhealthy things….because I do…I have a cheat meal every week, and I do enjoy ice cream here and there. Since I started meal planning I am more mindful of my choices overall. I like having a plan. I like sticking to a plan, and I like the results I see when I complete a plan.

 

This makes me very, very happy to see.

This makes me very, very happy to see.

One thing that is pretty consistent with my meal planning is that I like to make meals that don’t necessarily take a long time to make. This brings me to the star of this blog article, my mason jar salad.

Mason jar salads are great for anyone because they can be made about a million different ways. If you are a picky eater and don’t like a certain recipe, all you have to do is modify the recipe to meet your tastebud’s needs. I like to think of it as the perfect mix and match food item. The great thing about using a mason jar is the salad stays fresh much longer. Also, they look really cool, and it saves you from container chaos. Before, whenever I made a salad to go, I had separate containers with the cheese, the meat, a dressing if I had it…so many containers. (Sidenote: Mason Jars come in a variety of sizes and are very inexpensive. I got mine at Target).

While you do have lots of options with this, there is a way you want to assemble everything, so consider this when planning out your salad. You want to start with wet ingredients and move up to dry ingredients, if not your salad can be soggy, and no one likes that.

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Here is how you want to assemble your salad.

1. Dressing on the bottom. Ive never been a huge dressing person, so this is often missing from my jars, like the one above. If you use a dressing, use about 2 tablespoons or so.

2. Hard Veggies are next. I love green peppers, so this is a staple for me, but sometimes I use broccoli, cucumbers or carrots. These hard veggies serve as kind of a barrier between the dressing and softer items to follow. I also add nuts to this layer if I am including them. This week’s salad includes some pecans toasted lightly with cinnamon and coconut oil.

3. Soft Veggies. Soft veggies include avocado, tomatoes, onions, corn, etc.

4. Protein. This is where you add your meat and cheese, as well as egg if you choose. This week I chose ham for something different.

5. The very last layer is for your lettuce. You can use spinach, arugula, whatever you choose!

Tighten lid and refrigerate. They are that easy.

I’ve made many variations with my mason jars, but these are 4 of my favorites (minus the dressing). Pinterest has a variety of options, too, so if you are a pinhead like me, make sure you spend a little time cruising through the options. Another favorite of mine: strawberry vinaigrette, strawberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries, then grilled chicken, a little shredded cheese, some of my delicious pecans, and lettuce. Great for summer!

Some of my favorites from lexiscleankitchen.com

Some of my favorites from lexiscleankitchen.com

Here are some fun things to keep in mind as you made your salads.

-Do pack your jars super tight and leave as little air as possible. Less air means the salad stays fresher longer.

-Do be creative….you can use pasta, quinoa, rice…whatever you like! Just always keep the lettuce/spinach/arugula at the top away from any wet ingredients so they don’t wilt.

-Do make salads in an assembly line. It is easier to cut up everything and have it arranged in an assembly line for quicker processing time. Also, don’t make just one or two salads……it is more cost effective to make a week’s worth.

-Do stick with the same protein and change up the rest of the ingredients to be cost effective. For example, preparing chicken in bulk saves you money and can be modified many different ways.

-Do buy your mason jars in bulk. Typically a dozen will run you about $10, and you can also use the jars for overnight oats, canning down the road, or other creative projects.

Give meal planning a try, and make sure you add these bad boys to it!

Look how cute!

Look how cute!

 

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There’s no “WE” in Pizza…but there is an “I”…and I love it!

The meme I identify with the  most.  Welovememes.com knows memes and apparently me.

The meme I identify with the most.
Welovememes.com knows memes and apparently me.

If you also agree that there is no “We” in Pizza, then it is obvious you are in the right place.

I do not even attempt to hide my love for pizza. It’s right up there with coffee. If it was good for you, I seriously would eat it for every meal. Even breakfast…..ahhhh, pizza for breakfast is amazing.

Kyle and I have a cheat meal every week, and 99% of the time pizza is the winner. We just love it. During our very early dating days, we actually made a pizza ourselves in the shape of a dog bone. Clearly, we were meant to be.

Let me state the obvious. Pizza is not exactly healthy, nor is it one of the suggested meals on the 21 Day Fix meal plan that I follow. So I did what any person who loves pizza does: finds a way to make it healthy and fix approved. Let me share with you a delicious and easy pizza substitute….you can thank me later.

                                                                   

What you need for the crust:

-1 head of cauliflower
-1 egg
-1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
-1/2 tsp dried basil
-1/2 tsp garlic powder

****I want to note that I have used oregano instead of basil, and I have also made it without garlic powder, too. You literally can use whatever seasonings float your boat, or none at all. We all have different tastes, so use something you like!****

What you need to do:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. I always use a trusty pizza stone and recommend leaving it in the oven as it preheats.

 

Don't worry..the rest of the recipe is as easy as this first step!

 

After you wash cauliflower, cut off the florets and pulse in a food processor. You may think you need more than one head of cauliflower, but I will warn you…if you use that much, be ready to make two pizzas. After pulsing the cauliflower will look a little like snow. This means you are doing it right.

 

Once you are done pulsing the cauliflower, put the bowl in the microwave and cook for 4 minutes. Allow to cool (I usually cheat and put it in the fridge….I am impatient)!

Because you have cooked the cauliflower, it is more watery than you need for the crust. Place all of the cooled cauliflower into cheesecloth (or a towel) and squeeze as much water out as possible. IF YOU LOVE CRISPY PIZZA THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! The more water in your cauliflower…the softer your dough….aka…no crispiness.

Add in the cheese, egg, and whatever seasonings you fancy. You can use your hand to mix it up. Yes, it will be sticky and feel weird, but it’s much easier than with a spoon. 

Mixing with my fingers makes me feel like a little kid...and I like it.

Form your dough into a crust on the pizza stone, which you will pull out of the oven right before this step.

You could even make this in the shape of a dog bone!

Bake the crust for about 9-11 minutes or until desired brown color. Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings. 

Im making my own version of a classic margarita pizza: spinach, tomato, fresh basil, mozz cheese.

Cook another 5-7 minutes and remove.

Stuff this in your face. 

I drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar once done baking.

Let me break this down to you 21 Day Fixers. My version (per serving) is:

– 1 Green (cauliflower)
– 1/2 Green (tomatoes)
-1/2 Green (spinach)
-1 Blue (Cheese)
-1/4 Red (Egg)

A few things I want to point out:
-How your containers break down will be based on what toppings you select.
-This crust is thin. I break this pizza down to be about 6 servings. Your servings will be based on how many containers you have left though. For me, I will gladly save all of my Green containers to have more of this.
-If you are going for a super crispy pizza, watch your timer. Based on your oven, you may not need to cook it as long.

Pizza is amazing. I hope you try this, love it, and agree! 

 

 

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Gimme Dat Fix!

If I had a dollar for every time I mentioned “the fix” since its debut, I’d be more loaded than Autumn Calabrese.

I’m not joking.

Why do I talk about this “fix” thing so much?

Easy. I love talking about things that I love and,more importantly, things that have positively impacted my life in some aspect. When I mention this program….that is exactly why. By now most people know my story and how I got involved with the Beachbody community…..I ate too much, drank too much, stopped exercising, yadda yadda. One of the most difficult things I had to face when I started making positive changes in my life was the dreaded kitchen. I had modified my eating habits substantially, but I still struggled with what to eat at times and how much I should/could eat. So many people do. Our minds tell us that we are doing a great job if we are eating a salad….what it doesn’t tell us is that salad is large enough to feed a small village. I was one of these people eating for a village.

When the 21 Day Fix made its debut in February of 2013, I purchased it immediately. Apparently I wasn’t alone in the need for this revolutionary meal planning system; it sold out early the first day. In fact, it sold more the first day than what was projected for that entire week. As with any new program, I was worried it may not be up my alley…after all, not everything is, and that is okay. It’s important to find something that works for you. I was excited to break up (temporarily) with Shaun T and try the workouts Autumn Calabrese had put together for the 21 Day Fix….change is good sometimes…but I was elated to break open those cute little containers and start revamping how I ate.

Building Blocks for Your meals!

Building Blocks for Your meals!

Let’s backtrack for just a second. There is a slim chance that you are reading this and don’t know what the heck I am talking about, so I want to break down for you exactly what this elusive “fix” is. If you are one of those people, let me show you a quick video so you can learn a little more!

Time for some Real Talk.

Yes, that was a 71 year old woman who lost over 45 pounds in that video. Yes, the results shared are amazing. Yes, they totally can happen to you. Since getting the program and running challenge groups with it, I have had challengers lose on average 10-20 pounds during their first 21 day round. Those who have continued using it have seen even great results. I have several individuals who have lost over 50 pounds after several rounds, and I have a pal who has lost 100 pounds after 5 rounds. The challenge group I am currently running has a woman who lost 11 pounds her first week. Talk about amazing. This system works, people. There’s definitely a reason why it is the #1 work out program in the U.S. right now.

Beyond the inches and pounds shed comes something greater…..a lifestyle change. So many people talk about fad diets, and I have heard people question whether or not the 21 Day Fix is one. It’s not. Fad diets involve temporarily solutions. This is not one of those….this is a program that teaches you how to eat right for your body type and how much to eat. It doesn’t mean sacrificing taste..or foods you like…it means eating the right amounts. Does this recipe look boring???

Buffalo Chicken is my Jam!

Buffalo Chicken is my Jam!

Those little containers….they really help. I remember thinking I would be so hungry on this meal plan because some of the containers appear small…..I was so wrong! My entire outlook on what and how I eat has changed thanks to this program, and regardless of what workout program I choose to do, I will always use the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan to keep myself on track.

How many containers a day  you eat is specific to each person!

How many containers a day you eat is specific to each person!

SO WHO IS THIS AUTUMN CHICK?

Autumn Calabrese is a fitness guru and national bikini competitor with celebrity clients that include Rachel Zoe and Brooke Burke. As shared in the bio on her website, “Autumn is a rising star in the fitness community, she’s made a name for herself by helping people lose weight and get fit through simple portion control and consistent exercise.

Autumn holds personal training certificates from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA). Her supportive, motivating style has made her a highly sought-after expert among celebrities and the fitness industry.

Building on a foundation of good food choices and exercise habits, Autumn empowers her clients to reach their goals in a healthy, sustainable way. In addition to her celebrity clientele, Autumn is the fitness specialist for ModernMom.com. Her workouts have been featured in C magazine, LA Parent, The Palisadian-Post, and Daily Candy, and on TV shows like Home & Family.”

I’M BRAND NEW TO WORKING OUT……

That’s okay! I think it is perfectly normal to feel a sense of intimidation when you start a new program. I do all the time! The great thing about the 21 Day Fix is that there is a modifier in every workout to help you. What is a modifier, you ask? It is someone completing a less intense version of the moves. You can choose to follow the modifier as long as you need to. When you build up the strength and endurance, you can increase the intensity. And don’t think you won’t be getting a good workout in should you use the modifier….the moves work you, trust me. This is a great program for beginners because of that element.

I’M A WORKOUT JUNKIE THOUGH….

Cool thing about this program is that it is just as great for seasoned workout lovers like myself as it is for someone starting from scratch. You can increase weights for a tougher workout as you feel ready. If you are someone who has graduated from the 21 Day Fix (meaning you completed the entire 21 day program) or have completed numerous rounds and want a change, Autumn launched the Brand Spankin New 21 Day Fix Extreme program in February. So know you are wondering what the difference is between the two…….

Here’s a breakdown of the workouts. Best part: Both are still 30 minutes a week!

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The meal plan is where the biggest changes can be seen. 100% clean, no treats (if you didn’t know, you can have wine and chocolate on the original 21 Day fix plan…yes, I’m serious).

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I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE IS BEST FOR ME!

The 21 Day Fix is great for beginners, so if you are starting your journey, I definitely suggest this. The 21 Day Fix Extreme can also be for beginners, but it is a little more challenging. My recommendation is this….

If you struggle with eating and portions, start with the 21 Day Fix. Since the meal plan isn’t as strict, it is a great transition into the world of portion control. Once you graduate from the Fix, then I suggest you more onto Extreme if you are ready for a more dialed in nutrition plan. The workouts are both great and can both be used for beginners…..I just think for many individuals baby steps is a better option initially. If you don’t struggle with meal planning as much, then go with Extreme. 

You can do anything for 21 days. Autumn believes so, and so do I.

Guess what else is exciting!?!?! For the rest of the month if you purchase Shakeology you get the complete 21 Day Fix program or Fix Extreme program for just $10. Shakeology is an essential component of this program because it provides dense nutrition and is a great source of energy! It’s also super versatile….not only can you drink it, but you can make peanut butter cups, protein balls, and delicious, healthy cake (Don’t believe me? Watch this video and be amazed.)

To take advantage of the special and get the original 21 Day Fix program, click here! Or, should be want to go Extreme, you can get the 21 Day Fix Extreme special get your click on HERE.I love that they are on sale…..you know me, I am shoppertunistic.  The best part? You get me as your personal coach for free…which means I am here to support you….motivate you…..help you meal plan…all kinds of great stuff!

Summer will be here soon, which means bikinis and short season will be here soon. This is a great way to get you going in an awesome, positive direction!

I can’t wait to celebrate your success with you! But first, I’m off to enjoy my last red of the night!

Colorful meals are the best!

Colorful meals are the best!

Have more questions about the fix? No problem! Contact me here so I can answer whatever they may be!

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That’s Berry Bananas, Yo!

I get really angry when people tell me that eating healthy is boring.

Have you met me? Have I ever cooked/baked for you? It’s not boring, friends. I’m on a quest this year to prove to you that you can make delicious, healthy meals that everyone in your family will love.

Last night I made a great make ahead breakfast option and had to share it with you all. I don’t know about you, but I am really a hot mess in the mornings. I wake up, do my routine, but I really don’t consider my brain to be awake until about 10am. By that time I’ve had my cup of coffee and my Shakeology is down the hatch, so I have energy and am no longer who Kyle would refer to as “Morning Katie.” Because of the fact that I move like a total snail in the mornings, I love breakfast items that are quick, easy, and fall into my meal plan.

Introducing to you my “That’s Berry Bananas Oatmeal, Yo”. (If you don’t get the Yo reference, you need to spend some time with my man, Shaun T).

What you need:

-1 cup Steel Cut Oats
-1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
-1 tablespoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 cup nuts (I use slivered almonds, but choose what you want)
-2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1 egg
-1 banana
-1 cup raspberries or blueberries (whatever floats your boat)
-3/4 cup natural maple syrup

Ingredients Needed to Make this delicious meal!

Ingredients Needed to Make this delicious meal!

How You Make It:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 X 13 pan. I use a coconut oil spray (make healthier choices).

2. Mix together the oats, baking powder, syrup, half of the nuts you have selected, half of the berries, and cinnamon. If you aren’t into Steel Oats (I don’t know how that is possible), you can use straight up old fashioned oats completely, just modify the portions so you have 2 cups of those.

How purrddyyyyyyy.

How purrddyyyyyyy.

3. Mix egg, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Word to the wise….the vanilla milk truly makes a difference. I don’t suggest using plain jane unsweetened almond milk…it just doesn’t have the same ZING.

"Beat it!" -Michael Jackson

“Beat it!” -Michael Jackson

4. Spread your oatmeal mixture into the pan. You want to make sure it is even and pressed into the corners.

It will look thin, but don't worry...this will expand in the oven.

It will look thin, but don’t worry…this will expand in the oven.

5. Pour the milk mixture over the flattened oatmeal mixture.

Drown those oats!

Drown those oats!

 

6. Top with your remaining berries and nuts. Slice banana and top as well. I got crazy and tossed a little cinnamon on it, too!

You can even put bananas in the base layer if you want!

You can even put bananas in the base layer if you want!

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Be prepared for your house to smell amazing.

What a beautiful little number!

What a beautiful little number!

 

Once removed, serve warm or you can refrigerate and reheat when ready.

Let’s go over a couple very important things:

-Prep time is only about 5 minutes, so this is great to make the night before without slaving away in the kitchen.

-This is totally 21 Day Fix Approved. One Serving is 1 Yellow, 1 Purple, and 1 Blue. I did not count the milk/egg because it is divided up into all of the servings, but if you are a stickler, I would probably mark it as 1/8 of a cup or so.

-This is totally customizable. If you are making it for kids that don’t like these berries, make it with something they enjoy. You can use realistically any fruit, and you don’t have to use nuts if you are allergic, hate them, or just want to save your blue container for cheese.

 

I hope you and your family loves this!

ENJOY!

ENJOY!

 

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