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Orange Ginger Overnight Oats

There are two things I obsess about in winter time. Staying healthy and having a hearty breakfast. Yes,  I know, I am always obsessed with staying healthy. But these Canadian winters are brutal and what I really mean is staying away from the cold and flu! And yes, I know I am always obsessed with eating breakfast but in the dark winter mornings, my breakie (and coffee) is the only thing that can get me out of bed!

I love oatmeal for breakfast as it is both filling and comforting. It also never gets boring as you can create so many variations. I typically make it fresh when I wake up but these 5:00 am mornings get brutal later in the year so any extra sleep I can get is crucial. 

This is where preparing my oatmeal the night before comes into handy. I love doing overnight oats as it is so quick, easy and still filling and delicious. I also love adding in superfoods and healthy ingredients to help boost my immune system in these colder months.

There are so many ways we can strengthen our immune system. You probably know about taking vitamin C and, by now, you are also probably familiar with taking a probiotic. But have you heard of prebiotics?

While probiotics add good bacteria to our gut, prebiotics actually feed and grow the good bacteria that is already there. So much research has shown that gut health is key to overall health. A healthy gut allows us to absorb minerals and nutrients which is crucial in enhancing our immunity. 

Prebiotics are certainly not as popular right now but Genuine Health has come out with an easy-to-use, 100% plant based prebiotic: their fermented organic gut superfoods+. It comes in a powder form that you simply dissolve into water – or if you’re feeling creative like yours truly, you can add it into a recipe. Just don’t try to cook it or heat it up as it will lose all the nutrients! 

I decided to combine my love of hearty winter breakfasts and immunity support into one easy recipe, using Genuine Health’s fermented organic gut superfoods+ in the orange ginger flavour. Here is an overnight oats recipe that is so simple, so delicious, and one that you can add this superfood to because their is no cooking required!

Orange Ginger Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  3. 1/4 cup grated carrot
  4. 1 scoop Genuine Health fermented organic gut superfoods+ orange ginger
  5. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  6. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  7. 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except walnuts into a bowl or jar and mix well. Cover and place in fridge overnight. Top with walnuts, extra grated carrot or other toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Kale & Krunches http://kaleandkrunches.com/
 You can find Genuine Health fermented organic gut superfoods+ at most grocery and health food stores in Toronto or here

 

All photos by Arthur Mola

 

Easiest Zoodles and Meat Sauce

For someone who is always hungry, loves to eat food out of giant bowls and goes for massive portions – zoodles are your best friend. The carb-friendly version of noodles is so so so easy to make and the meat sauce is even easier.

Okay fine I may have cheated a little by using a jar of sauce but I really liked the Rao’s brand as the sugar content is low and the ingredients are on point. I just simply dressed it up with some meat, onions and mushrooms. For the zucchini noodles, my preference is using a hand spiralizer like this as it is so easy to clean. I used to own one of those massive spiralizers with all the different blade settings and probably only used it once because it was very difficult to clean  – ain’t nobody got time for that.

If zoodles aren’t your thing, this sauce goes great with anything – give it a try!

Easiest Zoodles and Meat Sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium zucchinis
  2. 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  3. 2 cups white mushroom slices
  4. 1 small white onion
  5. 1 jar tomato sauce of choice (I prefer Rao's)
  6. 1 tbsp olive oil
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Hand-spiralize zucchinis and set aside.
  2. In saucepan heat olive oil.
  3. Add in onion. Once onion is soft add in mushrooms.
  4. Once mushrooms soften add in meat and cook until brown.
  5. When meat is browned, pour jar of tomato sauce into pan and bring to simmer.
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve over zoodles and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

Is there anything more basic than posting a #PSL smoothie on Thanksgiving? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean this recipe isn’t delicious and worth sharing. 

After all, the pumpkin spice craving in October is real. But so is the insane amount of sugar in those coffee shop drinks. That’s why I’ve come up with a pumpkin spice latte inspired smoothie jam-packed with protein that is both festive and filling!

Whether you’re decorating a bowl for breakfast or taking it ‘to go,’ the ingredients are so simple and the smoothie is super easy to make that I promise you will have this on rotation all season along.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
3 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
3 min
For smoothie
  1. 1 frozen banana
  2. 1 cup frozen butternut squash
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  4. 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  5. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
  6. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
For topping
  1. granola
  2. pumpkin seeds
  3. goji berries
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in high-speed blender and combine until desired consistency. Top with fresh granola, pumpkin seeds + goji berries.
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