Archive for April, 2013

Had a great two weeks with the Healthy Living Challenge – got all my points and have broken the 20 pound mark.  I have officially lost 20.5 pounds!   Woot!  Woot!  But more importantly, I feel like I look healthier and better than even the 20 pounds reflects.  This picture was taken yesterday.  Our family didn’t mean to color-coordinate but here we are!  I love this picture because along with a perfect Jason and Coleman, I think I am looking dang good.  It’s things like this that motivate me to keep going.  Today I’m celebrating a great family snapshot!

family graduation - small

One of the things that was the most difficult for me the first month of the challenge was that I didn’t have very many recipes that fit into the “legal” category completely.  As a family, we eat OK, but too much was included on the “bad food list” in my recipes.  I’ve been working on changing that, eating more clean, and shifting our family meals to more healthy ones.  I don’t expect Coleman and Jason to only eat off of the “good food list” but I want to get closer to that. (click here for info about the Healthy Living Challenge)

Here is a recipe that I have been making over and over again.  I love oatmeal so when my vegan-ish neighbor, Chelsie, told me about this Baked Oatmeal then I had to try it.  Now I’m hooked.  I warm it up in the microwave and add a little almond milk and breakfast tastes like dessert.  Healthy and totally legal in our Healthy Living Challenge.


Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal

(Makes enough for 8×8 baking dish – double for 9×13 pan)

1 1/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats

1/3 c. chopped walnuts (divided) opt.

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/3 c. maple syrup

1 c. almond milk

1 flax egg (mix 1 T. flax seed + 3 T water – let set for 5 minutes) opt.

2 T Earth Balance soy butter or unsalted butter – melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3-4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

1 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen (divided)

(you can use other fruits such as fresh peaches and raspberries if you choose)


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish.

2.  In a medium bowl, mix the oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir to combine.

3.  In a liquid measuring cup, combine the syrup, almond milk, flax egg, Earth Balance butter, and vanilla.

4.  Spread the sliced bananas in layers over the bottom of the baking dish.  Top with half of the berries.  Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer.

5.  Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.  Sprinkle the remaining nuts and berries over the top.

6.  Bake 40-50 minutes until the top is browned and oats have set.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

7.  Favorite way to eat this: put it in a bowl with some almond milk and eat with a spoon.  Yum.


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Just a reminder – if you are participating in our neighborhood Healthy Living Challenge we are starting tomorrow, Friday, April 12.  Click here to see the entire program and to access the downloads.

Time to strap on those running shoes, fill the shopping cart with fresh food and get your mind focused on a fabulous 6 weeks!



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