Peachy Oat Smoothie

You may have heard of chia seeds and wheatgrass, but here's a little secret: OATMEAL is also a superfood. Whole oats are packed with fiber (keeps you regular!) as well as a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan that helps lower levels of bad cholesterol. Plus, oats contains all sorts of minerals such as manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

Did you know that you can put oats in smoothies? Not only does adding whole oats add nutrients and a nutty flavor, it also makes for a heartier smoothie.

Peachy Oat Smoothie // vegan, gluten free, soy free

- 1 cup almond milk (make your own!)

- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (certified gluten free, if required)

- 1 cup frozen peaches (or whatever frozen fruit you have on hand! I'm sure this would be amazing with frozen cherries, blueberries, etc)

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- dash nutmeg

- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

- 1 tsp maca powder (optional - for more on my favorite superfoods, watch this)

- pinch sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to your blender and give it a whirl! Pour into a tall glass and ENJOY! You can top with more oats or granola if you'd like (like I did in the photo above).

 

Have you ever tried oats in your smoothies? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Because it's that time of year when it's WAY to hot to turn on the oven (especially if you live in a studio apartment, like me!).

I made these easy "cookies" for my 4th of July BBQ and they were a huge hit! Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and packed with nutrient dense foods like almonds, oats, and coconut oil, these are a treat you can feel good sharing. Not to say there is anything wrong with saving them all for yourself... ;)

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, no bake

inspired by this Minimalist Baker recipe

Ingredients:

    •    1/2 cup coconut sugar (I used Sweet Revenge coconut sugar)
    •    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
    •    3 tbsp melted coconut oil
    •    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup natural almond butter
    •    2 tbsp coconut flour
    •    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    •    1 cup gluten free rolled oats
    •    Pinch sea salt
    •    1/4 cup raw cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional, but SO delicious)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together coconut sugar, almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, and coconut flour (you can use a food processor or blender, or mix by hand). The mixture will be VERY sticky, like caramel.
  2. Add in and mix by hand slivered almonds, oats, sea salt and cacao nibs.
  3. Scoop by tablespoon with cookie scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge or freezer to firm up (about 20 minutes). Enjoy!

 

Have you been baking, and cooking, less now that it's hot out? What have been your go-to meals, snacks, and treats these days? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Why breakfast is important... [+ 3 recipes!]

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - but why? Yes, having a healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to go about your day. BUT I find the REAL reason breakfast is so important is because it’s a way of saying I LOVE YOU first thing in the morning!

When I take a few minutes to make and enjoy a healthy breakfast, my whole day seems to go better. I’m energized, but I’m also calm, focused, and clear. Honestly, it's less about what you eat and more about taking that moment for yourself to pause, breathe, and ground yourself.

But, because I know you guys love to hear WHAT to eat, today I'm sharing three of my favorite healthy and delicious breakfasts:

- Overnight Oatmeal << VIDEO RECIPE! - You can eat this cold or warmed up!

- Smoothies, especially my Blueberry Buzz smoothie [to make smoothies cold-weather-friendly, skip the ice and add ginger or cinnamon to your smoothies - these spices are naturally warming for your digestive system]

- Superhuman Breakfast [doesn’t the name just make you feel like you can do anything?]

How will you start your day with LOVE this morning? Let me know in the comments below.

PS. In case you missed it, my group coaching program LIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE is now OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! This program was created for busy people [like you!] who want to gain energy, manage stress, and feel GREAT in their bodies through simple diet and lifestyle shifts. You'll receive all the benefits of working with me one-on-one for a fraction of the cost. If you are feeling like you need to make some changes, or simply need support in keeping up those New Years resolutions, I encourage you to APPLY NOW as space is limited! Got questions? Email me at emily@emilynachazel.com and we'll chat. This group is truly transformational and I can't wait to get started again!

Banana Fosters Oatmeal

Healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert? Sign me up! This easy recipe comes together in just a few minutes, but tastes like you worked way harder.

Bananas Foster Oatmeal // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 serving cooked oats

- 1 tbsp coconut oil

- 1 ripe banana, sliced

- sprinkle of cinnamon

- sprinkle of coconut sugar

Instructions:

1. Prepare your oats according to the package instructions (make with water, or use non-dairy milk for an extra creamy bowl). Place cooked oats in your bowl.

2. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to saucepan on medium heat. Add sliced banana, cinnamon, and coconut sugar and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the banana starts to "melt" (gets all gooey and delicious).

3. Top cooked oats with the warm bananas and enjoy!

 

PS. The Yoga of Eating is STILL ON. Join me today for healthy homemade snacks, hot beverages, and delicious discussion on food, cravings and SO much more. 2PM Brooklyn Yoga Project. Hope to see you there!

Overnight Oats (VIDEO)

Hi everyone and HAPPY MAY!  Today I have for you my FIRST cooking video - a super quick, no cook recipe for Overnight Oats.   This is one of my favorite, make-ahead breakfasts and I'm so excited to share it with you in video form.

I plan to do more videos like this to show you all some of my go-to easy recipes - let me know what you think of this first one, and what else you'd like to see in future videos in the comments below!

Overnight Oats (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free)

- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup liquid of choice (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc)
- 1 TBSP chia seeds

Mix together in a jar or small container, stir in your choice of add-ins and let sit in the fridge overnight.  

By letting the oats soak overnight in the fridge, they become soft and fluffy, as if you had cooked them.  You can make a few jars on Sunday night and have breakfast ready for the whole week!

Optional add-ins:
- 1/2 cup fruit (fresh or frozen)
- dried fruit (I love goji berries!)
- nuts or seeds
- cinnamon, vanilla, or cacao powder
- squeeze of lemon or lime

Enjoy!