Sunday, May 01, 2016

May We Go All The Way

No cook, mason jar oatmeal.                      

Four years ago I had a girlfriend. Weird to be saying girlfriend in my mid-fifties, (well, I wasn't mid at the time) but still . . .   that's what we were, girlfriends. And April per FB memories was our signature month. She shared and spoke with me much four years ago April  Not to long beyond April she stopped talking and eventually, broke up with me. But, I am veering off track. The track being: healthy eating. My good friend over at 8th Day proposes a community challenge of small changes to daily eating that will hopefully lead to lasting changes toward eating healthily.

Some of the small changes referenced in the post  are changes that I'd already adopted on some level but I have not been consistent to the discipline. Thus, I am joining the challenge. One of my hurdles is having healthier options readily available. Which brings me back to the girlfriend.

Four years ago she shared a no cook, mason jar oatmeal recipes link.I bookmarked the link but had not ever gotten around to trying any of the recipes. Then, we broke up, life took a turn toward death, grief, unemployment, and . . . well, suffice to say, I forgot all about living healthily let alone, no cook mason jar oatmeal.

If not for the "On This Day" FB feature no cook, mason jar oatmeal would have remained forgotten. Now, however, I am anxious to pick up the supplies and ingredients needed to make several days worth. I am already doing smoothies a couple of days a week, oatmeal in a more traditional serving method for a couple others. Breakfast done healthier is rolling along fairly well. The no cook, mason jar oatmeal will help mightily.

Lunch and Dinner need much more work. In preparation of the challenge, my grocery list included more fruit and vegetables. My week one challenge is to include at least one vegetable with both lunch and dinner this week.  

In addition to taking on the May Healthier Eating Challenge, May is also National Bike Month. My hope is

that weather permitting Melody and I are rolling more and more hours this month. April has been dismally wet and cold. Not at all conducive to Melody trips. Here's to taking a lasting turn toward sustainable lifestyle changes and healthier living. Thank you to FB for prompting a memory. Though the relationship ran aground, I am happy for having had the experience. I remember much of our time together fondly, now.

#healthier eating challenge week 1 


  1. Will you post the recipe for the oatmeal? You have sent your cold, damp weather eastward and oatmeal sounds wonderfully comforting.

    Good luck on your veggie intake!

    1. 1/3 cup of milk (I've seen variations w/almond milk) I would use my usual skim.
      1/4 cup of rolled oats
      1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
      2 teaspoons of chia seeds (mine won't have these)
      1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
      2 teaspoons of honey
      1/4 cup of fresh blueberries

      Combine milk, oats, yogurt seeds, honey and cinnamon in 1/2 pint jar with a lid; cover and shake until mixed. Fold in blueberries. Cover. Refrigerate 8 hours (or overnight).

      For the cool days (we're still having) I'm sticking with hot oatmeal. :-)

      Day one down. Success!

    2. Thx for the recipe, this sounds great! I've never eaten cold oatmeal but our mornings are definitely still cold enough for a hot serving.

      Day one - hands clapping!

  2. I have seen the no cook oatmeal in many incarnations, and at one point was about to consider it...then I read an article espousing eating it cold from the jar, thinking of it as an oatmeal pudding...that paralyzed or cold?

    1. Well dang...the pudding part is a tad off putting. But, I'll still try it. I think especially for the summer mornings I don't do a smoothie, need something fast, and won't want anything hot.

      I like my hot oatmeal a little less full of extras.

  3. Yum. I have been known to mix peanut butter into my oatmeal. Sometimes a few peanuts, too. So good.

    1. Peanuts (or peanut butter) wouldn't work for me because of allergies. Otherwise, might have given that a go. :-)

  4. No cook? Hmmm.... that should appeal to me. I guess I could give it a try.
    My daughter makes steel cut oats in the crock pot overnight and then portions it out into jars for easy work meals. I think either way sounds pretty good!

    1. I'm working my way up to day(s) worth. I still need jars. ;-)


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