To Figilicious Overnight Oats

Fig obsession continues post vacation. I have already eaten about a half kilo in two days – and I just can’t stop. I want them for all my snacks and incorporated into all my meals and I just want them. I really do. I just want to gobble all of them up that I see. Completely and utterly unable to practice self-constraint around these bad boys. All I can say is at least they are a fruit – if they were in the abur cubur (junk food in Turkish) family well I would be a little SOL now wouldn’t I? But they aren’t so I am gonna continue to enjoy them with no shame.

Gettin’ Figgy with it – nah nah nah nah nanah nahhhh

Ok recipe time. Tweaked a bit from my basic overnight oats recipe.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

2 Tbsp. Ground Flax

1/4 cup oats

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup water

cinnamon

the pulp of 3 big fresh refrigerated figs (the green ones – nom nom nom)

maple syrup

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients except the maple syrup together and put in the fridge overnight. In the morning drizzle with syrup and nuts if you have them (I recommend pecans but I didn’t have any – all I have right now are pistachios and well I was digging that combo).

Dive in and enjoy all the figginess. May actually have to up it to the pulp of 4 figs next time….

and I will also have to work on the presentation of this fine breakfast because it doesn’t look nearly as appetizing as it tastes…aka reason for my decision to not include a picture.

Instead I will leave you with some interesting facts about the fabulous fig

– Top three producers are Turkey (woot woot), Greece and California

– Figs were one of the first fruits ever cultivated

– Figs are a fiber source

– Figs contain good levels of potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese

– Dried figs are a great source of calcium (250mg per 100g as opposed to milk at just 118mg)

Cheers from the #1 fig producer

n

 

Fresh Strawberry Green Monster

This green monster is delicious – in fact I am surprised it isn’t blowing up across the world wide web (well maybe it did and I missed it). Nonetheless you have to try this flavor combination – it will have you squealing with excitement.

Make sure to add plenty of spinach – if you don’t want to be turned off by a brown color. While green and red work great together at Christmas, there is a reason they are not mixed, let alone next to each other on the color wheel and that’s because when they do mix together they form a murky brown color that is hinted more green than red – contingent on the amount of spinach you add (so add a lot because then you are just left with little flecks of red). This drink may not look like Christmas, but it sure is a nice present for your taste buds.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups strawberries (I used fresh, but frozen would work too, I would leave out the ice if using frozen though)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. ground flax

1 banana

4 ice cubes

2-3 cups of spinach

Directions:

Blend all your ingredients together and drink up!

Cheers to a power boosted morning

n

Peach Cobbler Vegan Over Night Oats

When choosing my fruit to take with me tomorrow (aka last night – hmmm how do I phrase this) I grabbed for my peach, but realized she was just a bit too ripe and wouldn’t last in my bag so I thought, why not incorporate into my breakfast. Seeing as I am on an overnight oats kick I decided to give peach in my vegan over night oats a go and well peach vegan over night oats doesn’t sound nearly as fancy as peach cobbler vegan over night oats, thus reason for name sprucing. This is a keeper – the overnight oats just get better and better every time.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup oats

1/2 cup almond milk (I reduced the milk further from the past two recipes to see if I like even thicker better – and I do)

1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Ground Flax

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

dash of Nutmeg

Topping: shredded unsweetened coconut and honey

Directions:

Whisk the oats, milk, chia seeds, ground flax, cinnamon and nutmeg together, stir in the peaches. Refrigerate overnight

In the morning top with coconut (1 Tbsp) and honey (a nice drizzle) and then dig in

I’m hoping it wards off the soreness I already feel in my legs from my morning workout – darn you lunges and squats…

Cheers

n