For my first recipe post, I am starting at the beginning, breakfast!  This is an easy oatmeal makeover.  Now, when I say, easy, I want everyone to know, I mean E-A-S-Y.

1.  I am not organized.  (Ask anyone that knows me.  A truer statement has never been made.)

2.  I am not tidy.  (I will share some kitchen debacle photos later, or if you are near my car, just glance in there.  You are likely to find an entire meal on the floor, an extra shoe or two that might or might not fit one of my children, money, and an extra pair of clothes of some sore for myself that might or might not match and might or might not be dirty.)

3.  I am not precise.  (This is true in my recipes, time and distance.  For example, if you go running with me and I say it is a 4 mile route, it might actually be a 3 or a 5 mile route.  So you might as well add an ish after about everything related to cooking.)  That’s just a heads up.

4.  Just like you, I am busy and have little patience for time consuming cooking.  I work, am involved in my church, I run, have two small children and a very busy husband.  I don’t have the time or the patience for complicated cooking.  I rarely have the attention span to read an entire recipe.

So trust me on this one.  My recipes are easy, easy peesy.

This oatmeal can replace your packets of instant oatmeal, oatmeal pies, or trips through the McDonald’s drive through.  It will literally take 5 minutes to make.  5 minutes.  It will take you longer to go through the drive through at McDonalds.  So, you can’t use time as your excuse here.

Eating healthy, does not have to be difficult or complicated.  You may have to be intentional about it, but if you do one small thing a week, by the end of the year, you will have 52 new healthy habits or recipes in your pocket!   Here is one easy place to start.

Don’t be intimidated.   Try it, try it!  And stay tuned…on Wednesday, I’m going to do a bonus post on homemade granola.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

This recipe gives you 8 more grams of good fat than instant oatmeal (yes, this is a good thing), 5 more grams of fiber and 6 more grams of protein, plus it is packed with nutrients from whole foods.  If you use the raisins, it does have more sugars than instant oatmeal, but it is a naturally occurring sugar that also packs in some good nourishment.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

1/2 cup whole oats (be careful….this is not instant oats.  The cartons look very similar.  Whole Oats)

1/2 cup water

1/2 banana, chopped

1 big T of natural Peanut Butter (I use Smuckers.  It is easy to find where I live and has no added sugar.  Just peanuts.)

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup of raisins

splash of milk or unsweetened almond milk (I have switched to unsweetened vanilla almond milk most of the time)

Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl except the raisins and milk.  Stir it up to mix slightly.  Microwave for 50-60 seconds.  Take out and stir.  Add the raisins and the splash of milk and enjoy.

Emme approved….this is really misleading though, I have to admit.   Because, this girl eats anything!

Emme Loves Oatmeal!

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”  1 Cor 3:16-17

Today I am grateful for the body and the strength I have been given to carry out this day.  Start building up your temple today.  It is the only one you will be given.

Question for today:  What keeps you from eating more wholesome foods?  Is it that you don’t know what to pick?  You don’t like most of it?  You have too many poor options all around you?

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