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Thinking about what I wanted for breakfast, but also thinking about what would hold me over until lunch, only one thing came to mind. Oats in a Jar or OIAJ. I have been on a OIAJ kick lately, but it really Keeps My Tank Full, and I love that I can add different items to change it up a bit in flavor and in texture.


Since I started Best Body Boot Camp yesterday, I really want to focus on following the program, keeping goals and eating as clean as I can, but staying properly fueled. I want to keep my meals full of grains, proteins, fruits and veggies.

Here’s Today’s OIAJ Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  •  1 Tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp. Swanson Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Nut Butter
Layer the ingredients in the jar and keep in the fridge over night, Stir in the morning, microwave for about a minute to warm, add additional items and enjoy a healthy hearty breakfast that will fuel your day.

Layer the ingredients.

Look at the beautiful Organic Cocoa.


My friends at Swanson, gave me a Shopping Spree a few weeks ago, and I have been thinking of a million ways to use the items they sent me and adding the Organic Cocoa to OIAJ was a perfect way to taste the cocoa. It gave the oats an incredible unsweetened chocolate flavor that I really enjoyed. I don’t care for overly sweet breakfast items, don’t get me wrong I love sweets, but something about eating sweet tasting foods kinda makes me nauseous on an empty stomach. I plan on using the Organic Cocoa in my next smoothie.

Dropping a spoonful of nut butter to thicken it up, plus it tastes amazing.

I mean really, how could anyone not love this combo.

Add in your milk.

It will filter its way into the jar and incorporate all the oats, but you can give it a stir if you’d like.

Seal the jar and store in the fridge overnight.

I did not add any additional items to this batch, it was perfect just the way I made it. My co-workers always ask me “What ya got in that jar?” I tell them OIAJ. Let me just say this: I have turned some donut breakfast eater into OIAJ eaters!

Additional goals that I have during Boot Camp, which I hope will stick long after is:

  1. Going to bed by 11:00 pm, I tend to be a night owl and stay up too late, and I really want to change that habit.
  2. Drinking enough water through out the day.

Question of the day: What fuel’s your day?

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If you had to choose would you make a pancake or an egg dish for breakfast? Well I could not choose So I made both. Yesterday I picked up some farm fresh eggs and had a Frittata in mind that I wanted to make, but when I woke up I was only thinking about an oatmeal pancake. This works out perfect, the Frittata reheats nicely so Sunday morning breakfast will be ready and waiting.

First off take a look at these eggs. These were provided by my Lovely Ladies. They have started laying their eggs again. They tend to lay less in the winter, but since it’s been so mild this year they are back up and producing.

Here’s what the ingredients look like.

Kale Frittata


  • 6-7 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup diced ham (not pictured) (it was a last-minute add-in)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • Nutritional yeast to shake on the top of Frittata before it goes in the oven
You will also need additional seasoning for the cooking of the onions.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Note: You MUST use a cast iron skillet or a sauce pan with a metal handle so it can be used on the stove top, and also be placed into the oven.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Whisk 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until evenly blended; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook and stir until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the kale and the diced ham and let cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the burner and pour in the egg mixture, add the shredded cheese and sprinkle with Nutritional yeast.
  4. Place the skillet into the oven and cook uncovered for 16-20 minutes or until it is golden brown and the center of the Frittata has set. Remove from the oven, and let stand 3 minutes before serving.
I just love the way the Kale brightens up while it cooks, it gets such a deep green color.
Once the egg mix is added I pop it in the oven and let it do its thing for 16-20 minutes.
Once the edges start to get crispy I know the Frittata is ready to come out of the oven.
This is an easy no fuss meal that is loaded with protein.
The Frittata was then boxed up and put in the fridge for tomorrows breakfast and I got on to making my Oatmeal pancake.
Instant Oatmeal Pancakes, are easy and super filling. The entire process takes about 10 minutes. Plus there is little cleanup after.
Here’s what the ingredients look like.
Mix and mash, then add egg substitute.


  • 1 packet instant oatmeal (any flavor)
  • ½ banana , mashed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Swanson Organic Cinnamon
  • 13 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute


  • Mix and combine all ingredients.
  • Pour into non-stick skillet and when you shake the pan and the pancake moves, it’s time to flip.
  • Brown on both sides
Once I see the bubbles, I know it’s time to flip, I actually did a flip!
Top with the other 1/2 of banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and drizzle with agave nectar.
You will not regret making this, it is very taste.
So now I am off to get in a workout, I have a 40 minute elliptical resistance workout waiting for me. Happy Saturday and tomorrow I have a great recipe to share with you, hope you come back to see it.
Question of the day: Have you ever used agave nectar? I am a huge fan! 
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What do you do with the swirling bits of peanut butter that are left in the jar, well you make Overnight Oats, that’s what.

Overnight Oats or Oats In A Jar are a great way to use up all the peanut butter left in the jar.

Plus it’s an easy on the go meal that you can eat hot or cold. We all know how good oatmeal is for us, so this is a great option that is also super easy to make.

So I grabbed the almost empty jar of The Bee’s Knees’ peanut butter, and added 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and a few shakes of cinnamon and put it in the fridge for an overnight soak.

When you wake up in the morning you have a wonderfully flavored jar of oats that you can add anything and everything you like to it. I like to heat in the microwave for about a minute then top those oats with one, two or three of my favorite toppings. Here are a few suggestions.

Topping Ideas:

  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries
  • Additional creamy nut butters
  • Ground flax
  • Chia Seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Shelled hemp seeds
  • Granola
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dried fruits
Here’s what I added after I microwaved for 60 seconds.
  • 1 Tablespoon Trader Joe’s Sea Salt Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • Few shakes of Swanson Organic Cinnamon
  • Banana Slices
I am Seriously in Love with this combo, the Cinnamon from Swanson Health Products had a warm and spicy flavor and it had the most amazing aroma to it. I can not wait to try this cinnamon with a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes, I have a feeling they will be best friends.
Sometimes oatmeal is the best way to kick-start a busy Monday.
Also for anyone interested, go visit a favorite blog of mine Annette at Enjoy Your Healthy Life is having an amazing giveaway on her blog today. ONE lucky winner will get an entire tub of Vega Sport Recovery! Check it out. 
Question of the day: How do you like your oats?
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