Healthy Lifestyle...

Chris and I love to eat healthy the majority of the time. Yes...I know I post some "sweet" recipes, but those are few and far between...and it's all about moderation right? We are very "routine driven" people, so for us to eat the same thing everyday isn't a big deal. A typical breakfast for us is a smoothie/juice (consisting of raspberries, blueberries, mango, carrots, kale, oranges, and apples), oatmeal with cinnamon, and a few hard boiled or cooked eggs each. I genuinely look forward to this every morning, and my sweet husband gets up before me and lays it all out. For lunch, we go with deli turkey, provolone cheese, avocado on wheat bread, and I usually have some Pirates Booty puffs with my lunch. I'm all about snacking throughout the day as well. We brings things like apples, granola bars, almonds, and yogurt with us to work so when we get hungry we don't make bad decisions. Generally for dinner we have either turkey burger/turkey tacos, salmon, or chicken paired with some type of vegetable (usually broccoli, asparagus, or zucchini), and a good carb like sweet potato, brown rice, or quinoa. We don't consider this a "diet"...it's just the way we eat and the way we ENJOY eating. I do realize it's not like the way most people enjoy eating...but it works for us and makes us feel good from the inside out! Do I like a fat juicy burger with greasy fries every now and again? Sure do...and I definitely don't deprive myself. One or two meals on the weekend, I like to indulge, but generally, this is how we like to eat. 

Here is a sample breakfast and dinner for you...For breakfast, thats our smoothies, eggs, and oatmeal and of course in the dinner photo you see salmon with asparagus over risotto! 

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Baked Apple Crisp Oatmeal

Fall makes me want to cook all day every day! Last night I came across this baked oatmeal recipe on Pinterest and absolutely HAD to try it out with some of the apples I picked this weekend! Chris and I usually eat oatmeal in the morning and I decided it was time to jazz it up a bit since it can get slightly monotonous/boring. Today, I was SO excited to eat breakfast and sample my creation! Wanna know the best part about this dish? It's baked entirely in the crockpot! You just set it and forget it! Chris absolutely loved it (he gave it a 9/10 on the rating scale haha!) 

Here's what you do:

Peel and slice about 5-6 apples and layer on the bottom of the crockpot. Disperse 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 2 cups oatmeal, and 4 cups of water on top. Do not stir. Cook on HIGH for 4.5 hours. For the last 30 minutes, add the topping which consists of: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and butter. In the morning, heat it up and serve! 

It will look like this before you put the topping on:

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Topping: 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 stick butter 

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

This morning's breakfast! Yum!!

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