I was just recently introduced to the world of overnight oats and I’ve fallen in love. Waking up to a gourmet and healthy breakfast in the morning is the best, especially with mornings are as hectic as they are. I’ve tried multiple different recipes and I’ve loved them all! But there is one recipe that stands out as my favorite, maybe because it’s so simple and I always have the ingredients on hand. This Coconut Berry Overnight Oats recipe is super filling and tasty, giving you the perfect start to your day!
Coconut Berry Overnight Oats
½ cup minute rolled oats
¾ cup Silk coconut milk (I use the sweetened kind)
1 cup assorted berries (I had blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries this morning)
2 Tbsp Chia seeds (these babies are packed with nutrition!)
Optional: Shredded coconut
Combine ingredients in a mason jar and shake until incorporated. Place in fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning! (If you don’t have a mason jar you can always use a mug or bowl and just be sure to cover it once it’s in the fridge.)
How simple is that?
Let me know what your favorite Overnight Oats recipes are in the comments! I always love trying new flavors.
Do you need a fun boredom-buster? Make some slime! Homemade slime is one of the easiest and coolest projects you can do with your kids. It’s a great science experiment if you explain how the liquids and powder “magically” turn into slime, if you want to launch a discussion on polymers with your older children. If not, you can just explain that sometimes when you mix things together they change forms, and that is what the study of “chemistry” is about! When kids can relate a word that may seem scary and difficult, like “chemistry,” to something fun, they’re more likely to become more interested in it, and may end up finding that they love science!
1 teaspoon borax powder
1 ½ cup water
½ cup Elmer’s glue (clear or white)
- Dissolve the borax powder in 1 cup of the water. In another bowl pour in the glue and add ½ cup water. Stir in the food coloring and optional glitter and mix it all together until it’s well incorporated and smooth.
- Pour the borax mixture into the bowl with the glue mixture and prepare to be amazed as it forms into slime once mixed!
- Now for the fun part; ditch the spoon and use your hands instead to knead the slime together! When you’re finished playing with it store it in a Ziplock bag.
I’m not quite sure what it is about granola that makes it so darn expensive, but each time I’m in the cereal aisle looking at it I end up deciding to not grab any after looking at the prices or reading the ingredient list to see things I wouldn’t think are necessary in granola. Despite being a huge granola lover, I’ve gone without for a while, simply deciding to grab a box of Honey Bunches of Oats instead. Why it didn’t occur to me that I could make my own granola, I don’t know. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a recipe that I decided to try it myself, and it was so simple that I was embarrassed.
What’s great about granola is that you can mix up the ingredients however you like. Want to add some nutmeg along with the cinnamon? Would rather not have peanut butter but a little extra honey and some coconut oil instead? Not a honey fan? Try maple syrup! Any variation is almost gauranteed to come out super tasty. Here is the peanut-butter-honey version I made for breakfast this morning:
2 cups rolled oats (both old-fashioned and minute oats work great)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon, if you’re not as big of a fan perhaps use 1/2 teaspoon instead)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup peanut butter (you could do smooth or crunchy!)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a large cookie sheet.
Mix the oats, cinnamon and salt together in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Melt the peanut butter and honey either on the stove top or in a microwave safe bowl or mug. After they’re melted and mixed together add in the vanilla and stir well.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oats and mix until it’s all incorporated, then spread evenly on the greased cookie sheet. NOTE: the thinner the layer the more quickly it will get crisp, but if it’s too clumped up, it won’t cook evenly.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, checking on it frequently during the last few minutes as it can burn easily.
It’s that simple, really! I’m not sure why I thought that homemade granola would be a difficult process, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! This granola pairs really well with some yogurt and berries for a healthy breakfast, or just by itself for a healthy snack!
Who doesn’t love Play-Doh? I know that as a kid I could play with the stuff for hours. I’d make anything from ice cream sundaes to animals to jewelry. As fun as the legitimate Play-Doh was, I always got so much more excited when my mom would make up some of the homemade type because we’d have a much larger batch and the grainier texture was so much fun! I’d watch as she mixed flour, some salt and water together and we’d magically end up with a bowl full of homemade Play-Doh that we would play with for days. Sometimes we’d add some food coloring to make it even more fun.
If you’re sick of spending tons of money on Play-Doh go ahead and make your own! You likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already, and you can make a huge batch that your kids will LOVE.
1 cup water
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
4 cups flour
3 tablespoons oil (canola is my favorite)
1 cup salt
Mix the water and food coloring in the bowl, then add in the flour and salt and mix it all together really well.
Pour in the oil, adding extra if the mixture still seems too dry after it’s been mixed.
Play, play, play!
Seriously, this is so easy and it’s going to be a big hit! When your kids find out that you know how to make the best Play-Doh ever and they can even pick the color(s) they’ll be thrilled!
Let me know in the comments how this recipe turned out!
Instead of thinking solely about getting in more exercise even though that is very important, if you truly want to be healthier, start thinking about how you can get in move movement each day. The extra movement doesn’t have to be a mile run or 15 minutes on an elliptical, it can simply be taking a flight of stairs or parking farther away from the store so you have to walk a little more. Those extra steps really add up, and if you pair that with regular exercise, you’re on your way to a much healthier you!
Here are a few super easy ways to incorporate more movement into your day!
Park Farther from the Entrances
Even if it’s just a little farther, switch up your standard parking spot for one that’s got a little more distance to it. Even just an extra 10 steps can make a difference.
Skip the Elevator
This one is frequently mentioned, and for good reason! Even if you just go up one flight of stairs before catching an elevator for the rest of the way up, your heart will thank you.
Stand Instead of Sitting
I’m one of those people who frequently finds themselves sitting, and hardly ever stands for longer than a couple minutes here and there. Don’t do that! Whenever you find the chance to stand instead of sit, take advantage of it!
It’s usually the small things that will become habits and end up making the biggest difference, so as 2017 comes around pay a little more attention to the small ways you can increase your movement, and you’ll be set to be so much healthier!