Steel Cut Oats

I have been loving steel cut oats in the morning.


mixed with egg whites, banana and peanut butter


Vanilla Sunwarrior protein, cinnamon and blueberries


Sunwarrior protein, peanut flour and chopped apple.

When it comes to Oats, there are three main types with three main differences,

Taste, Texture, and Time.

Starting from the least processed…

  • Steel Cut Oats- whole raw oats cut into chunks with a nutty flavor and chewy texture. Take longer to cook (15-20 mins)
  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats- whole oats rolled flat, steamed slightly for quicker cooking (3-5 mins). Bland in flavor.
  • Quick cooking oats-slightly ground up oats for quick cooking (2-3 mins) Bland in flavor.

If you’re like me, and prefer a chewier bowl of oats, you will love the steel cut version.

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They are more dense that regular oats, and once cooked, have a similar texture to brown rice.

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To cut down on cooking time, mix 1/4 cup oats with 3/4 cups water and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave before placing it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, heat your oats and add your favorite topping such as fruit, nuts, honey and spices for an all-star breakfast that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.


Which type of oats do you prefer?



I finally have a second to sit down and blog!

Between work, teaching spin, planning a wedding, and living life in general, it has been hard to find time to write a post.

But that’s what Instagram is for right?..right?


When I go missing for a few days, just know that you can always find me there Smile


SO, even though this week has been hectic, it has also been packed with all sorts of deliveries!


peanut flour, sunflower seed butter, and a sample of Amazing Meal from

use my code VOZ131 for $5.00 of your first purchase of $40 or more


The generous people over at Chobani sent me some new flavors to try, Banana 2%, Pear 0%, Chobani Bite Fig with Orange Zest, and Chobani Bite Coffee with Dark Chocolate Chips! I will do a recap on them very soon!

They also sent over a complimentary spoon, which I love!


My Sunwarrior protein also arrived, which was perfect since I was down to my last scoop!


But of all the deliveries that I received the week, the best one by far was the birth of my brand new niece named Sofia, who arrived on 1/31/2113.


My family keeps on expanding, and I am loving every minute of it!


Chicken and Cabbage Vegetable Soup

I have a cough.

I can’t stop sneezing.

And the only cure for my sickness is currently cooking away in the crock pot.


Find out it is what at the end of this post Smile

So..Hot & Sweet Mustard is back in my pantry, and I’ve been putting it on anything, and everything, that I can.


wild arugula, chopped sweet potato, kumato tomatoes and shredded chicken

But if you’re not a fan of mustard, or do not have a Trader Joe’s in your area, I also have another dressing that’s every peanut lovers dream.

2 tbsp. Peanut Flour + 1/3 of Water: Mix to desired consistency, and drizzle over your salad, stir fry, or even your Sunday morning pancakes.

spinach,baby carrots, broccoli and egg white scramble, topped with peanut flour dressing and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a hint of sweetness.

This dressing resembles the peanut sauce that you find at Japanese restaurants, which Matt and I went to this weekend to tackle our Sushi craving head on.

Salmon Maki and Tekka (tuna) Maki with brown rice and extra ginger

Luckily, Matt doesn’t like ginger, so I got it all to myself Smile

(You can find peanut flour and other healthy items at @ iHerb. Use my promo code, VOZ131, to receive $10.00 off of your first purchase of $40 or more, or $5.00 off your purchase of less than $40!!)

Go quick!

OK, as promised, here is my crock pot recipe for Chicken and Cabbage Vegetable Soup


  • 5 cups Low Sodium, Fat Free Chicken Broth, or Vegetable Broth. (I used vegetable) Add more broth, or water if needed
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 1 cup peas ( I used frozen)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups purple (or green) cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1-1.5lbs)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • shake of red pepper flakes


  • Add all of the ingredients into a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 5-6 hours.
  • Once the chicken appears cooked, remove it from the soup and let it cool slightly before shredding it with a fork.
  • Add shredded chicken back to soup and heat for remaining time.

And while you wait for it to be ready, snack on this Smile

Greek yogurt, honey crisp apple, ground flax and cinnamon.

Or try a slice of my Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Dinner is looking good tonight.

Rock Hard Hammie’s

How cute is my new strainer?

It’s perfect for rinsing beans, sliced veggies, fruit, and smaller amounts of pasta.

white beans and ground turkey spinach salad

Also, my new grill pan, compliments of my Aunt who knew how much I would love such a heavy duty tool.

and by heavy, I mean heavy.

You would not want to get hit over the head by a crazy Italian woman with this cast iron cooker.


Today’s workout was all about the legs. favorite.

Rock Hard Hammie's

I refueled with a hot bowl of Peanut Protein Oats topped with blueberries and ground cinnamon for muscle recovery.


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla Sunwarrior
  • 2 tbsp. peanut flour
  • 1 cup water

warmed me right up!

Well, I’m off to enjoy this chilly, but beautiful first weekend of November.

Remember to set your clocks back tonight! We get one extra hour of sleep :)

So long late day sunshine…

Food and Foliage


Yes, I’m still alive. I’ve just been busy working, living, and enjoying the colorful month of October.


And then creating Fall foliage inspired dishes Smile

As previously mentioned, I have been adding more plant based protein into my diet, and so far it’s going really well.


nuts&seeds, nutritional yeast, beans, edamame, broccoli, kale, peanut flour, oats, quinoa, Sunwarrior protein powder…just to name a few lol

And as for my animal based proteins…


wild caught salmon


egg whites, peanut flour, rice cake. Try it.

And this delicious concoction

Italian Turkey Chili.

  • 1lb 99% Lean Ground Turkey, browned in a skillet with black pepper before adding to crock pot
  • 1 can white beans (I used cannellini)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1/2 red, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1 bag frozen brown rice (I used steam fresh)
  • 2 cups frozen spinach

to taste…

  • oregano
  • red pepper flakes
  • minced garlic
  • cayenne pepper
  • dash of ground cinnamon

cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 4 hours.

I love when my meals look like a rainbow Smile

The next time you make prepare a meal, make sure to add some color to your plate.

Color=Nutrient variety= Boatload of benefits!

What colors are you eating today?

What I’m Loving Wednesday

I’ll get to that, but first, I want to start off with what I am NOT loving.



Knee’s do NOT go over your toes. Period!

If needed, put a chair behind you for support through the motion, or place a stability ball between you and the wall.


When I come across articles like this in fitness magazines, it infuriates me. Mostly because young women, who are in search of a healthy and accurate approach to exercise and eating, are the main audience.

And don’t even get me started on the 1,500 calorie a day diets that these magazines try to play off as healthy. They neglect the fact that everyone’s body is different and has different needs depending on an abundance of factors.

children’s size bowl of Special K with skim milk and one strawberry anyone?

Bottom line, exercise enhances your diet’s results, and your diet enhances your energy to workout. It’s a team effort.

Eat real food, eat real food often, workout smart, and drink plenty of water.

OK…Moving on Smile

My family and I threw my father a surprise 60th birthday dinner at The Capital Grille this past weekend, and one of our favorite appetizers to order on the menu is the Cold Shellfish Platter.


one pound lobster, crab meat, jumbo shrimp, and fresh shucked oysters served over ice.

It’s basically a seafood lovers dream, and at $100 dollars per tower, you better believe this thing is worth the splurge.

Along with 3 towers dispersed throughout the table, we also had prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, choice of soup or salad, and any choice of entrée and sides.

I ordered the grilled swordfish, which is my favorite entrée on the menu.


And for dessert, we has an assortment of hazelnut chocolate cake, coconut cream pie, crème boule, cheesecake, and my all time favorite…


Flourless chocolate cake. It’s not even right how good this thing is.

I swear I’m loving other things besides The Capital Grille..such as the shirt that I wore there Smile


 Black + Flowy = Hiding my seafood and chocolate cake filled belly.

It’s every woman’s fashion trick Winking smile

Other loves include…

Peanut flour, which I ordered

use my code VOZ131, for $5.00 off of your first purchase!

One of my favorite ways to use peanut flour is as a dip


So delicious. So satisfying

By the way!

I added a link to my sidebar for anyone interested in purchasing Sunwarrior Protein. It’s the only protein powder that I use, and the link will take your directly to their Website for easy access.

Here’s some information about my #1 protein choice.

  • A great tasting plant-based protein with a silky smooth texture that blends easily without the chalky or grainy texture found in other vegetable based proteins.
  • A 98% correlation rate to Mother’s Milk and a 98.2% digestion efficiency, one of the highest digestibility and efficiency ratings of any other protein sources (compared to whey and soy).
  • Highest Net Protein Utilization score of any plant-based protein and the highest ratio of amino acids converted to proteins.
  • Uses neither chemicals nor acid hydrolysis. Uses organic enzymes and the process is 100% Organic Compliant.
  • Naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, contains high amounts of antioxidants, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and other essential nutrients such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron, and potassium.
  • Increases absorption and effectiveness of vitamins and minerals.
  • Easily digested by infants, the elderly, and adults. The World Health Organization may be using Sunwarrior Classic Protein in the future to feed malnourished individuals.
  • Clinical studies show the balanced nutritional profile of rice helps to maintain and control insulin levels.
  • Additional clinical studies show that Sunwarrior Classic Protein has cholesterol lowering potential and the USDA is currently using Sunwarrior Classic Protein in trials to see if it may help control high blood pressure.

Pick your favorite flavor and release your inner warrior!


My ACV filled water bottle and daily cup of Green Tea has helped me power through the first half of my day.


  • 1tbsp acv
  • 1 packet of Stevia (or a few drops of liquid Stevia)
  • fresh lemon juice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 3 cups water.

And easy to prepare Lean Ground Turkey has been one of the most versatile proteins to leave in the fridge for use throughout the week.


tacos, salad topper, chili. The options are endless!

I haven’t used my crock pot yet, however I’ve been researching some delicious recipes that I’m excited to make.


See my Pintrest for what I plan on making in the near future.

So..What are you loving lately?

Peas and Crayons