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Superfood Overnight Oats

It’s no surprise that oats are my favorite breakfast of all time. Hot oats or oat bran during the cooler months and overnight oats for summer. I religiously eat overnight oats every morning once the weather stays warm but also because it’s the biggest time-saver in the morning! All prepped the night before and ready to eat when you wake up.

Superfood Overnight Oats from www.eatsrealfood.comMy Superfood Overnight Oats were inspired by the beautiful Breakfast Criminals. One of my very favorite accounts to follow on Instagram because the superfood breakfasts are so jaw-dropping gorgeous! It’s best not to look when you are hungry…or do, and make yourself a nourishing meal both your mind and body will love. I highly suggest you get your hands on the new Breakfast Criminals eBook – review to come shortly. Thanks again, Ksenia!

Superfood Overnight Oats from www.eatsrealfood.comThe addition of baobab powder makes these overnight oats extra super and nourishing. Baobab is the sub-Saharan African superfood (fruit) filled with a hefty amount of antioxidants and minerals. I use Bonga Foods organic, raw baobab superfood powder (learn more about them here). The baobab powder adds a slight tanginess to whatever you’re adding it to, plus added bonus of fiber, vitamin C, calcium and much more.

Superfood Overnight Oats from www.eatsrealfood.comBreakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it makes it even more fun when you can get creative with your food. The toppings and flavor pairings for overnight oats are endless. These Superfood Overnight Oats are topped with banana, dried mulberries and sunflower butter. Chia seeds and baobab powder are soaked overnight with the oats using unsweetened almond milk. Remove from the refrigerator the next morning and enjoy!

Liebster Award Nominee

I have been nominated not once, but TWICE for the Liebster Award! Huge, gigantic thanks to Selena (Nom Nom Crunch) and Diane (Runnin Rocker), two amazing ladies themselves!

What is a Liebster Award? It’s an award shared among bloggers to spread the love and get to know each other better. A very humbling and thoughtful gesture that makes being a part of the blogger community worth it.

Liebster AwardSince I was nominated by both Selena (fellow FBLA member) and Diane (#SweatPink sister) who had different guidelines to follow, I am doing a mix up of both!

I was asked to answer a few simple questions about myself:

  • What are your top 5 workout playlist songs?
    Lonely Boy – The Black Keys; The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco; Hard – Rihanna; Coastin – Zion l & K. Flay; Shark In The Water – VV Brown
  • If you could visit anywhere, where would you go? Santorini, Greece
  • Your biggest pet-peeve? People who don’t turn on their car blinkers and turn in front of you out of nowhere!
  • What was your favorite age to be and why? 22 because I was living in New Orleans for my dietetic internship, just enjoying life without the stress of real jobs or the “real world”
  • What is one thing you try to do everyday? Yoga, even if it’s just a few poses/stretches
  • If you could have any job in the world (even made up) what would it be? Traveling the world tasting different cuisines and educating how to eat healthy while doing so
  • Your favorite quote? “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it” – Julia Child
  • What movie would you consider to be a very inspirational movie? Rudy
  • Who inspires you? All of YOU who are following your dreams and pushing yourselves to the limit and succeeding, and of course, my mother :)
  • If anything were possible, what would you invent that the world is in need of? An alert that would signal when something horrible is going to happen so it can be prevented and everyone could live in peace

Now it’s my turn to nominate some awesome people! My nominations: Nicki {Nicki’s Healthy Life}, Megan {The Nutrition Addiction}, Kim {KH Nutrition}, Tanaya {Tanaya’s Table} and MJ {The Adventures of MJ & Hungryman}.

Here are my questions for you:

  1. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  2. What/where is your “happy” place?
  3. What is your favorite season and why?
  4. What is one feature that you love about yourself?
  5. If you could bring only one thing on a deserted island, what would it be?
  6. Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled?
  7. What is your favorite song that gets you pumped up?
  8. What is one current goal you have for yourself?
  9. What is your favorite movie?
  10. Who or what inspires you?

Good luck and can’t wait to see your answers!

Figgy Kefir Smoothie from www.eatsrealfood.com

Figology Fest Part Two + Figgy Kefir Smoothie

Figology Fest LA Part 2 has come and gone and it did not disappoint! Erika {In Erika’s Kitchen} and Judy {Two Broads Abroad} worked their brilliant magic once again – thanks ladies! With crates of fresh California Figs in hand, whats a food blogger to make??

California FigsFresh figs were the stars of the afternoon. You can find Figology Fest Part 1 details here if you missed it. Outrageously delicious figgy bites were made using Calimyrna, Brown Turkey and Black Mission figs. Let me describe for you the flavors of fresh figs in terms of wine:

  • Black Mission: {Cabernet} purple and black skin with deep earthy flavor
  • Brown Turkey: {Pinot Noir} light purple to black skin with robust flavor
  • Calimyrna: {Chardonnay} pale yellow skin with a buttery and nutty flavor

California FigsFrom savory bites of heaven, like Figs on Parmesan Crackers with Mascarpone and a drizzle of reduced balsamic:

Fig on Parmesan Crackers w/MascarponeTo luscious desserts, like Fig Zinfandel Sorbet:

Fig Zinfandel SorbetI’m pretty sure everything I tasted was my favorite, but one of my very favorites of favorites had to be the Fig Milk Shake. Not overly sweet, just the right thickness and the perfect shade of pink.

Fig Milk ShakeLet’s not forget how nutritionally dense fresh figs are. Double win! For just one serving (1/2 cup or 3-4 medium figs) contains 120 calories, 5 grams fiber, 10% daily value of potassium and 6% daily value of calcium. Figs and other fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can contribute towards reduction of heart disease and cancer.

Stuffed Figs A La BlueThe Fig Milk Shake inspired me to make my Figgy Kefir Smoothie. A light and dreamy, cool drink was exactly what I was craving during these hot summer days. The nutrition punch from fresh California Figs and probiotics from kefir is sure to keep your immune system strong so you can enjoy summer to the fullest!

Figgy Kefir Smoothie from www.eatsrealfood.comFiggy Kefir Smoothie from www.eatsrealfood.com

Ventura Beach

Shoreline Half Marathon Recap + Energy Bits

I ran the Shoreline Half Marathon in Ventura, CA this past Sunday. One word…HOT! I was shocked that start time wasn’t until 8am, why so late? It was clear blue skies and the sun was beaming down on us from the beginning so I knew it was going to be a super sweaty one.

Ventura BeachThe course was actually beautiful, taking us along the Ventura coast line, one big hill and up through a residential area. The half marathon was two identical loops which made it a tad less interesting, but not horrible nonetheless.

Ventura BeachAlong the way, there were fun spectators cheering everyone on which is definitely helpful in getting through tough parts of races. I also love when other runners motivate you and vice versa, such an amazing, strong community. That’s why I am a SweatPink Ambassador!

AB Banana ToastThe morning of the race I had the usual breakfast of Ezekiel toast with sunflower butter and banana. On longer runs, I add in another piece of toast with a drizzle of honey. About 30 minutes prior to start time, I had a serving of Energy Bits to give me long-lasting energy throughout the race. Don’t worry, Energy bits are NOT pills. I am not a fan of many supplements (at all) or products containing artificial ingredients to fuel your runs. Energy bits are made up of one ingredient: 100% organic spirulina algae.

Energy BitsIn all honesty, I was a bit skeptic to try Energy Bits at first, but so glad I did! These plant-based “bits” are free of sugar, caffeine, chemicals and gluten. Because they are food and not chemically derived, they provide a steady stream of energy without making your body crash. Containing over forty vitamins/minerals, 64% protein (as amino acids), packed full of B vitamins, iron and much more, they naturally give your body an extra boost. The spirulina algae (only ingredient) is organically grown and harvested. Energy bits are filled with antioxidants, Omega-3s, chlorophyll, electrolytes and nitric oxide (allowing oxygen to reach muscles, preventing fatigue).

Shoreline Half MarathonThe best part about Energy Bits? NO GI distress! As a runner and a person with regular GI issues in general, I have experienced many miserable long runs that had me wishing I was running to the bathroom instead of the open road. I completed the race without any GI discomfort what so ever! Still shocked.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Energy Bits provided me with their products to try, no compensation was involved and all opinions are my own.

  1. Did you race this weekend?