Easy Breakfast: Crock Pot Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Oatmeal

crock-pot-Chocolate-Peanut-ButterThe slow cooker is one of my favorite and most-used kitchen items, but typically I use it for meats or soups–it never really occurred to me to leave it on overnight to make breakfast.  This oatmeal recipe from Stacey Homemaker is perfect to test it out with.

I didn’t get the organic protein shakes she used, so I made it with almond cashew milk and a scoop of protein powder instead.  I also didn’t get the pb drizzle to come out like her’s but a big scoop of regular peanut butter plopped in there did the trick.  Lately I’ve strayed from my usual powdered peanut butter and I’ve been hooked on Jif Whips (thanks to Annie) instead–but either will work fine for these oats.  This is definitely something you can get creative with and add in basically anything–enjoy!

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Tips for Grilling Steak

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The last article I shared was all about alternatives to barbecuing burgers and dogs, which is great for sure.  But if you’re not looking to try to Grilled Fish Tacos or you want something to go along with the Chipotle Lime Sweet Potato Fries, nothing beats a classic steak, and the grill is a great was to cook one.  Here are some tips for getting the perfect steak out on the grill.

Grilling Alternatives

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Another great post from Eat This, Not That! that I just have to share.  The list is 21 Grill Recipes That Aren’t Burgers that are way outside the box.  I love to grill and do everything outside when the weather is nice, so I can’t wait to try some of these out!

Personality Types

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I came across this interesting website that allows you to answer questions to learn about your personality type.  It seemed pretty accurate for me, so check out 16 personalities and learn more about yourself.

Alkaline Water?

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Several people close to me have recently been touting the benefits of alkaline water, so I decided to do some research.  There are claims that it improves yous skin, soothes acid reflux, promotes increased hydration, and even reduces cancer risk.  According to various sources including healthline, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  However, some of my friends and family members swear that it makes a noticeable difference.  Could this just be a placebo effect?  I think I’m going to have to find out for myself, so I just ordered some 5 gallon jugs from Tribeca Beverage Co. to give it a shot myself.

Photo: https://www.sdcwa.org/

Foods Can Exacerbate Allergies??

Lately I’ve been getting so much great info from Eat This, Not That.  I had no idea that some foods were making my already terrible seasonal allergies even worse.  Check out the article here.

SPF from Food?

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One of my favorite sites, Eat This, Not That, sends me regular emails with great nutrition and weight-loss secrets.  They have some awesome lists and are very informative, but this one article is a really new concept to me: you can get SPF benefits from food!  The idea never crossed my mind before.  And not only do you get sun-protection benefits from foods, but some of my most favorite foods in particular, like wine, bell peppers, almonds, and even dark chocolate!  No wonder I never burn–I’m making up for my lack of external sunblock by eating it.  Ha!  Seriously though, as I’ve been getting way more serious about skin-care, it’s so important to protect your biggest organ from harmful sun rays, regardless of the weather.  Now you can do it from the inside out. 🙂

Full article: https://www.eatthis.com/sun-protecting-foods/?utm_source=nsltr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=dehydrationstation&utm_campaign=etntNewsletter

P.S. The photo credit goes to Daily Burn and they have some tips for sun protection as well: https://dailyburn.com/life/lifestyle/sun-safety-best-sunscreens/