Delicious Steel-Cut Oats

I’ve been hearing so much about steel-cut oats that I decided I had better jump on the band wagon and see what all the fuss is about, and I have to tell you–they are DELICIOUS! There are so many toppings you can add once the oats are done, such as berries, walnuts, banana, Enjoy Life chocolate chips, a little maple syrup– the possibilities are endless! My personal preference is blueberries, walnuts, a drizzle of maple syrup and almond milk, and as pretty as it is not stirred up, I like to make it a mixed pot of goodness. ❤️

Steel-Cut Oats

Serves 4

1 cup steel-cut oats

3 cups water

A pinch of salt

Mix oats, water and salt together in a medium sized pan. Turn on high and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down to simmer oats for 15-20 min, stirring frequently so the bottom of the pan doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 min. Place in bowl, add toppings and enjoy. 😃

Are You Up For A Health Goal Challenge?

Oh man, Oh man!  I don’t know about you, but this winter, I have put on some weight and I’ve got to get it off.  Swim suit season is around the corner!  Yikes!  Normally, I don’t step on the scale, but occasionally, it is a necessity just to check in.  Well, needless to say, I wanted to throw it out the window LOL. My workout schedule is always in check because I LOVE to workout hard, but my eating has not been on target (those darn Cadbury eggs), so it’s time to do something about it :).

This last weekend one of my friends on Facebook, Jolynn Bulkley, posted and asked her friends if they wanted to do a Health Challenge and HELLO!!  YES!!  I do!!  I’ve been a little mindless of my eating habits lately and so this is just the ticket!  Please let me know if you want to join and I will add you to our private Facebook group, which started today, but don’t worry—it’s not too late to join!

This is the scoop:  It’s a six week challenge and starts right now :).

The challenge is based on a point system and each Monday we check in, so Sunday, we tally our points and report.  It’s going to be awesome.

Oh, also, I recorded my weight and measurements (chest, waist, hips, thigh, calf and arm) today AND took pics.  Yuck!  It’s a great way to record your progress though–kind of one of those evil necessities, like the scale haha.  When you take the pics, make sure you are wearing the same thing each time and take them in a sports bra and leggings or shorts–a front view and a side view.  I’m waiting 2 weeks before checking in again and then recording weight and measurements once again.

Each of these are worth 10 points a day:

  1.  Get at least 6 hours of sleep a night.
  2.  Eat 3 veggies a day and 2 one half c servings of fruit a day
  3. Water intake is at least 8-12 c. a day.
  4. Nor refined sugar or decrease your intake to less than 200 calories a day.
  5. Workout for 30 min a day (also you can get more points if you workout longer but it caps out at 50 extra points a day).

Also, there are different challenges each week to earn extra points.

For Example:

WEEK 1, CHALLENGE 1: Worth 100 points. This challenge has 3 parts so you will definitely earn your points! This will be ongoing throughout the challenge!
Part 1. Journal or list an accomplishment or goals that you were successful at achieving. List the steps and strategies that helped you succeed. Also write how you felt when you achieved it and who were your biggest supporters.
Part 2. Journal or list challenges you’ve encountered before, when trying to improve lifestyle, nutrition and fitness. How can you apply the success and strategies from part 1 to help you in part 2? What can you do to better plan and prepare so you are successful in this challenge to make it ongoing part of life? What strategies can you use to overcome your temptations, weaknesses, obstacles. etc.?
Part 3. Journal or list Goals you want to accomplish by the end of this challenge. “Begin with the end in mind”. This helps you focus what you want to achieve avoid bad habits. Start by setting short term goals. You can always tweak and edit as you go along, but this will help you focus. week by week. For example Week 1: Create a meal plan and exercise schedule, shop and do meal prep. Involve friends and family for support. Week 2…Week 3… all the way to week 6. If it’s easier start at week 6 and work your way to week 1. The more clear and specific you can be what you want to accomplish the easier it is to create the vision of a healthier self. Does that make sense? We will eventually be creating vision boards, but we will save that for another week!
If you are short on time just make an outline of all 3 parts! Fill it in with details when you have time.

This is just a fun way for friends to come together to be more healthy and happy, so come on–JUMP IN AND LET’S GET STARTED!!  Email me at if you want in!!