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Are You Hungry? Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal

Right now Bethany is chewing on my keys! I know, I know… ewww! And I usually am a freak about germs. She will be 10 months on the 14th and has never gotten sick. ūüôā (Goodness, I hope I just didnt jinx myself) Shes like a puppy!¬†B is¬†attracted to germy, smelly things (shoes and socks).¬†And paper…. omgosh…she loves the stuff!¬†She only has her two bottom teeth but¬†she will bite on paper and tear at it like shes chomping on a tbone steak. She would be in baby heaven if I gave her 10 mins alone with my iPad, something about its shiny screen screams, “Lick Me!!!”¬† Yeah, totally like a dog. Arnt babies FUN?!

Heres a picture of her ‘playing’ with her brother’s legos earlier this morning. I was eating breakfast..dont worry.. she was being supervised the whole time. She wasnt able to grab any legos, but she sure did try. (And yes, since then I have moved the legos).

Bethany Playing with Legos

Bethany Playing with Legos

Now the real point of this post… When we woke up this morning Bethany was content with playing nicely in her high chair, which gave me some extra time to come up with a yummy breakfast.¬†I found this apple oatmeal recipe online that sounded delish.¬†Then I noticed it would take a freakin HOUR to bake in the oven. Um…No! I was too hungry for that. So I changed it up and made my own version. ūüėõ Im sure it tasted just as good! Ha!

Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal (4 servings)

Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal

Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal
2 cups old fashioned oats (NOT instant oatmeal)
4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 large apple, pealed and cut
4-5 heaping tablespoons wheat germ (optional)

toppings
1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
1/2 pumpkin seeds

Bring water, salt, and sugar to a rolling boil. Add oats, reduce heat to medium and cook 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 2-3 mins or until liquid is absorbed into the oats. Then sprinkle in toppings, stir. NOTE: If you like extra creamy oatmeal, right before serving stir in a splash of (soy) milk.
Also the wheat germ is just for that extra boost of nutrition (folic acid, iron, fiber, and zinc). Its an excellent ingredient to add to your diet if you are a veg-eater. Its really good for you and can be put into lots of different foods. Click on the link to find out more.

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Are You Hungry? Apple and Green Salad

On Labor Day the in-laws¬†and the fam went apple picking at the Sky Top Orchard in Flatrock, NC. If you have never been, you MUST go! Its fun, you can munch on all the apples you want while picking them, the¬†Orchard has the best apple donuts known.to.man, and its pretty affordable. We have a huge bag of apples sitting in the fridge so today I went on the hunt for delish¬†and HEALTHY¬†apple recipes.¬†You would think its easy to find healthy apple recipes, but… not so much! ūüėõ A lot of them were dessert foods filled with sugar and butter. After much frustration,¬†I found a Spinach Apple Salad recipe. I tweaked it to my liking… and Score! I have a fav!

Apple and Green Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing

Apple and Green Salad

Apple and Green Salad

Dressing:
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey (can be omitted)
salt and (white) pepper to taste

Topping:
3 baby carrots (grated)
1 1/2 large apples, unpeeled
1/4 dried fruit and nut mix

In a bowl combine dressing ingredients. Add topping ingredients, toss lightly to coat. Cover and let stand, room temp, for 10 minutes. Just before serving, in a large bowl combine your favorite green salad, add dressing, and toss. Finish off with a drizzle of lime or lemon juice.
Note: the Vinaigrette dressing can be changed based on what you like. Add spices, try different oil and vinegar combinations, switch out the juices, add a little red onion (I HATE raw onion). Have fun with it. Heres a link to ideas on how to change-up the basic vinaigrette.

 

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