Breakfast, Clean Eats, Healthy

Peachy Overnight Oats

January 18, 2016

peachy overnight oats

As the work routine and school routine falls back in place after the holidays and break, one thing i’ve been sure to have ready for each day is breakfast. I’m terrible at leaving enough time in the morning to eat or make something healthy, so i need to plan in advance. 

One go-to breakfast idea I always fall back on is overnight oats. You can prepare them the night before, or at the start of the week, and simply grab one to go in the morning. I like to make a big batch then divide it up into jars so I know I have a healthy, filling breakfast in the morning. The combination is simple – oats, milk and fruit. I particularly love juicy fruit, because it adds to the texture, and of course flavour.

peachy overnight oats

peachy oats

I had never thought about using canned fruit in overnight oats, but now I can’t believe I didn’t use them sooner. Canned fruit is bursting with flavour, juicy, and the liquid adds to the creamy texture of the oatmeal. Canned California cling peaches are perfect to use for these overnight oats. The peaches are full of flavour, they’re soft, and drenched with juices. 

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Did you know, most of the canned peaches in Canada actually come from California? It just makes sense, when you think of California, you think of sunny, warm, bright colours – just like their peaches! Canned peaches are just as nutritious, if not more nutritious, with high amounts of Vitamin C, Antioxidants and Vitamin E. California cling peaches have no preservatives and are often packed in their own juice – which is why you should add it to the overnight oats! A naturally sweet syrup.

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Peachy Overnight Oats
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A quick breakfast for busy weekday mornings - loaded with nutrition and flavour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can California cling peaches, diced, juice reserved
  2. 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (not quick oats)
  3. 1 1/2 cups dairy-free milk (or regular, or even yogurt!)
  4. chia seeds (optional)
  5. seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. In small mason jars, or small bowls, add 1 cup oats per serving.
  2. Top oats each with half of the diced peaches along with 2-3 Tbs. of their juices.
  3. Pour 3/4 cup dairy-free milk overtop each serving, stir in chia seeds if using.
  4. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
  5. In the morning you can add seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower, and stir slightly.
  6. Enjoy
Notes
  1. Can be made a few days in advance. I like to make a big batch on Sunday, and eat it for a few days afterwards. The longer the oats sit with the peaches and their juices, along with the milk, the creamier and more flavour infused they get. Not a fan of cold oats? Go ahead and heat 'em up! Like a healthy peach cobbler for breakfast, ready in about a minute.
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This post is sponsored by California cling peaches 

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New Years Eve

2015

December 31, 2015

2015 will always have a special place in my heart. there was lots happening this year with wedding planning and all the events leading up to the wedding. there were stressful times, excitement and feelings of being overjoyed. it seems crazy that another year has come to an end, but it sure was a memorable one. i’ll never forget 2015. here’s some of the highlights from the past year:

we rung in the new year in bali, indonesia.

adam and i went to indonesia for three weeks at the end of last year. it was definitely a trip we’ll remember, with crazy day-long train and bus rides where we thought we were going to die, sketchy hotels, delicious food, amazing views and resorts and monkeys playing on the roof of our hotel. it was fun, but there is definitely nothing like being home for the holidays.

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revolver cafe, seminyak, indonesia

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elephant caves, ubud, indonesia

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ringing in the new year on the beach in seminyak, indonesia with approx. 20,000 other people. it was insane and crazy and amazing

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I ran my first sun run! my sister in-laws and I ran the sun run together. I feel that i’m more of a vancouverite now that i’ve checked that one off the list. 

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I had the most amazing bachelorette weekend! It seems like so long ago now – it was so much fun and so much effort and thought was put into it by my bridesmaids.

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and had tons of adventures with this guy.

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and of course, we got married.

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it was the most amazing, wonderful, unforgettable day of my life. i’ll share some more about it in the new year!

Wishing you all the best in 2016!

Christmas

An Italian Christmas Eve – Buon Natale!

December 29, 2015

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there’s always such a big build up to christmas, and then just like that – it’s all over. 

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– our first christmas as mr & mrs –

adam and i hosted our italian christmas eve at our house, with a big thanks to my brother for helping to make all of the food. we had 19 people for dinner, including a surprise guest – my other brother who flew down on christmas eve! no one knew about it, which was a surprise in itself because at least one person is always in on it, but this time he surprised us all and showed up at the front door just in time for dinner. it really was an awesome christmas surprise! 

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adam and i have prepped the house, ready for the guests to arrive – all the baked goods were ready, we had candied salmon, smoked salmon and goat cheese + crackers for appetizers. since it’s christmas eve, italians are not supposed to eat any meat – instead we only eat fish. the ‘fest of seven fishes’ is the traditional italian dinner for christmas eve. 

my brother made the tuna seafood pasta sauce, and the mussels and prawns, i baked two massive pieces of salmon a friend of ours caught up in the queen charlottes this summer, and we also had baccala that my nonna made. there was so much food we could barely eat it all. you’d think with seafood it wouldn’t be as filling, but after the pasta and platefuls of prawns and mussels i almost had no room left for the fish – but of course, i did. 

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to top it all off i made tiramisu, we had panettone, pizzelle, baci, lots of chocolates and other baked goods with espresso. 

it was such an amazing night, and truly one of the best christmas eve’s with the entire family here for this first time in a very long time. i love keeping traditions going, and i can’t wait for next year!