Buckwheat Galettes

We spent Memorial Weekend in Key West and had a wonderful breakfast at this lovely French Café, La Creperie. Sweet crepes and organic buckwheat galettes were featured on their menu. We had heard of crepes but never galettes, they were heartier and went well with savory fillings.

We decided to make our own when we got back home. Read more

Happy Mother’s Day–Overnight Crockpot Oats

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mother’s on this planet!! A special Happy Mother’s Day to my own Mom Smile who loves and supports me in everything I do. Thank you Mom for being so amazing and gracious. You serve as a wonderful example for me and everyone lucky enough to know you.

I also wish a Happy Mother’s Day to my step-mom, my sister, and my mother-in-law. All amazing women who I look up to and receive endless guidance and love from. Thank you for being an integral part of my life!

I was talking with one of my favorite Health Coaches, Christine Kocherhans of Integrated Fit, the other day and she mentioned making steel cut oats overnight in the crockpot. Brilliant! I love steel cut oats, but they take a long time to cook. I’ve tried cooking them overnight on the stove top, but that still requires some cooking in the morning. The crockpot recipe wins.

Here’s all you need to do:

Measure out 1 cup of steel cut oats, pour into crockpot.

Add a pinch of sea salt, lots of cinnamon, and vanilla extract*.

*You can get create here and add your favorite spices, honey, some dried fruit, whatever your heart desires.

Pour 4 cups of filtered water into the crockpot.

Cover, set to Low and let cook overnight, 7-8 hours.

In the morning, you will have this waiting for you….

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The lovely brown color is from the cinnamon that’s been infusing into the oats all night.

Stir well, see how creamy and thick these oats are – YUM!

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Time to serve up in your favorite bowl.

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Garnish your oats with banana, honey, chia seeds, almond butter, etc. Choose your favorite toppings to customize to your liking.

The great thing about this recipe is you can make a large batch for 3-4 people and everyone can add their favorite toppings to their bowl.

This morning, I simply sliced up a banana and drizzled with honey. Breakfast was ready in 2 minutes flat!

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Why Diets Don't Work

How many diets have we all heard of and worse yet, tried? Everywhere you turn there are commercials of fad diets, pills, powders, all touting the magic bullet for weight loss. No wonder diets are a billion-dollar industry, so many companies making money off diets that don’t work in the long run.

Diets manipulate us into choosing foods we don’t necessarily like and overanalyzing every bite we take. Counting and measuring until we can’t take it anymore. Then we throw in the towel, quitting the impossible diet, gaining all the weight we once lost and perhaps adding on a few more pounds before we even started.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Food is meant to nourish us and food is meant to be celebrated and eaten with gratitude. Why not try listening to your body and feed it whole, unprocessed foods that do a body good.

Simply put, diets don’t work. We are all individuals and what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. “One person’s food is another person’s poison.”

Learning to feed yourself consciously and making small changes along the way that are best for your body is a recipe for success. It’s also important to slow down, eat a home-cooked meal surrounded by loved-ones, taking the time to connect with one another. Remember, food is not the only thing in life that serves and nourishes us.


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Hearty Turkey Pasta Sauce

I’m always looking to add greens to meals and adding spinach into pasta sauce is an easy way to bump up the nutritional profile of this dish.

You could be eating in 30 minutes or less. All you need are the 4 ingredients below. Baby spinach, pasta sauce, whole grain (wheat or gluten-free) rotini pasta, and ground turkey. I recommend Plainville Farms ground turkey since they are a certified humanely raised, antibiotic and hormone free company. Read more