A Delicious Salad to Add to Your Detox

Detox Salad
Packing a powerhouse of nutrients, this light & energizing salad will have you bursting with energy. It makes a lot so you can enjoy it all week long for easy, energizing lunches. I wouldn’t recommend skipping the currants and raisins as it adds a much needed sweetness to balance out the vegetables and lemon juice. I loved it drizzled with a touch of maple syrup just before serving.
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1806 calories
350 g
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40 g
70 g
4 g
2497 g
982 g
212 g
0 g
29 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2497g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1806
Calories from Fat 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
61%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 982mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 350g
117%
Dietary Fiber 72g
289%
Sugars 212g
Protein 70g
Vitamin A
1123%
Vitamin C
2421%
Calcium
107%
Iron
129%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads broccoli (1 bunch), stems removed
  2. 1 head cauliflower, stems removed
  3. 2.5 cups shredded carrots
  4. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  5. 1 cup currants
  6. 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  7. 1/2 cup raisins
  8. 4-6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  9. kosher salt, pepper to taste (1/4-1/2 tsp salt and lots of pepper)
  10. kelp granules or Herbamare (optional), to taste
  11. Pure maple syrup, to drizzle on before serving
Instructions
  1. 1. In a food processor (or chop by hand) process the broccoli (no stems) until fine. Add into large bowl.
  2. 2. Now process the cauliflower (no stems) until fine and add into bowl. Do the same with the carrots.
  3. 3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, currants, raisins, and parsley. Add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.
  4. 4. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste.
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Why call it a detox salad?

World’s Healthiest Foods reports that cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, and mustard greens) are said to be detoxifying because they provide support for the immune system, inflammatory system, hormonal system, detoxification system, and antioxidant system (source). These vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients. For example, one such group of phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables are called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are thought to have anti-cancer properties in a variety of research studies (source). World’s healthiest Foods also suggest consuming 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables each week for maximum benefit.

 

10 Ways To Alkalize Your Body & Improve Your Immunity

Environmental toxins, excess sugar, medications, alcohol and too much caffeine all create excess acidity in the body. And an overly acidic diet eventually makes our bodies more susceptible to disease. It’s imperative that we offset these stressors with habits that alkalize the body so we reach a more neutral pH level. Here are a few ways to do it:

 1. Drink plenty of water.

Adequate water intake supports all body systems and clears out excess toxins. Drink half your body weight in ounces daily to keep your body systems regulated. So if you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 ounces of water. Carry a water bottle with you and fill it with filtered water all day. (Drinking from plastic bottles can wreak havoc on your hormones.) To make your own Alkaline water use a pH Booster. For a natural boost, add lemon! Lemon water is highly alkaline and it contains vitamin C, which aids in digestion.

2. Support your lymph.

Support lymphatic detoxification by exercising daily, dry brushing, herbal supplements and practicing breathwork techniques or breath-focused forms of yoga. Eating whole foods, focusing on self-care, keeping up with a spiritual practice, and reducing stressors in your life all create more alkaline blood flow.

3. Trade coffee for herbal or green tea.

Green tea is highly alkaline. Try jasmine, sencha, or matcha, or switch to a coffee alternative like Medicinal Foods “Coffee Break“.

4. Replace sugar with stevia, coconut sugar, or small amounts of honey.

Sugar is one of the most acidic foods, and it pops up everywhere in our day-to-day lives. Try to balance the amount you are having by using alternative sweeteners as much as possible.

 5. Add a salad or add greens to every meal.

Leafy greens are highly alkaline and rich in oxygen. Load up on them by adding a spoonful of green powder to your smoothies, or buy liquid chlorophyll to put in your water. Drink fresh green vegetable juices as often as possible.

6. Try oil pulling.

This ancient Ayurvedic practice works to cleanse the mouth, balance acids, and eliminate bad breath. Try swishing with 1 tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil daily for 15 to 20 minutes. I love doing this in the shower—it’s so energizing!

7. Chew your food.

This one may sound obvious, but it’s important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth! Saliva is alkaline-forming, so chewing every mouthful 20 to 40 times is ideal.

8. Sweat (or bathe) it out.

The more we sweat, the more toxins we release. The fewer toxins in our systems, the less acidic our bodies are. Infrared saunas, steam baths, and hot yoga classes are fantastic ways to take your sweating to the next level. I also love to soak in an Epsom salt bath a few times a week. One cup of Epsom salts plus 10 drops of lavender oil equals total alkaline bliss.

9. Move your body.

Exercise regularly to actively move acids out of the body. This keeps the lymph system flowing and creates more alkaline blood. Dancing, running, and swimming are great at getting the lymph going. Restorative practices like Iyengar yoga, Yin yoga, and gentle stretching also counteract acids that build up from intense activity. Constantly mix up your routine!

10. Sleep and de-stress.

Stress creates cellular acidity. Always work on bringing yourself back into balance by creating restorative rituals that make you feel good and balance your mind-body connection. Go to bed early; meditate as often as possible; take baths; journal; go for a walk after dinner; do whatever it is that makes you feel centered.

 

The perfect snack

Please eat fruit. Eat lots of it. The human body is designed to eat fruit. If you’re worried about the sugar – don’t be. Along with important enzymes, phytochemicals and antioxidants, fruit is loaded with fiber. That fiber will see to it that the sugar from the fruit is absorbed nice and slowly so your blood sugar stays even and doesn’t spike. If you’re worried about sugar, just stay away from processed sugar and bring on the fruit.

You can snack on any type of fruit you like. Grapes, berries, apples, star fruit, mango, papaya, melons, oranges, plums, bananas – whatever you can get. Fruit is not only ridiculously healthy, it’s also the fastest snack ever. Snack on ALL the fruit!

Fruit Facts Credit: Molly Patrick

Stay hydrated with flavorful infused water

Ask a roomful of people if they enjoy drinking water, and you’re bound to get polar opinions. While some say nothing else quenches their thirst quite like water, others can’t stand the “taste.” But whatever your thoughts on water, hydration is crucial for good health. The human body is made largely of water which keeps it running smoothly, whether it’s helping cells grow, delivering oxygen, regulating body temperature and more. Luckily, there are easy ways to add it to your diet.

Infuse your water.
If water is too bland for your taste, try adding refreshing slices of lemon, cucumber, lime, strawberries, or mint—the possibilities are endless! When you’re on the go, you can even pack an infuser water bottle. Here’s a handy infographic about ways to invigorate your water.

Add fizz.
Naturally flavored carbonated water is becoming more and more popular as people cut out sugary sodas, and it’s a great alternative to hydrate yourself if you can’t stand the taste of water. Just keep in mind that some experts say it may erode tooth enamel in large quantities, especially if you’re adding a fresh squeeze of citrus fruit for taste.

Buy a giant water bottle.
For some, drinking water is all about convenience. When you’re too busy to leave your desk (even though you know you should leave your desk regularly to avoid the effects of being sedentary), a large bottle of water can help you stay hydrated.

Eat hydrating foods.
Water is found in many foods that you can add to your diet for extra hydration. Cucumbers, apples and peppers are just a few of the water powerhouses to choose from. Check out Shape.com’s list of top 30 hydrating foods for inspiration. Bonus: Most hydrating foods are packed with vitamins.

Keep track.
Tally how many glasses of water you’re drinking each day. Simply jot it down in a notebook or download a fitness app to help you. After all, you may only think you’re drinking enough water. If you’re the type who forgets to mark your water intake, you can even invest in a bottle that links to your cellphone and automatically records how much water you drink.

Keep a mini fridge nearby.
If you live in a two-storied house, stash some water in a mini fridge upstairs. Likewise, if your office is far from the kitchen, keep a cooler or small fridge nearby. If you simply can’t leave your office on busy days, a standing desk placed near your water-filled mini fridge can keep you hydrated and healthy.

Give water to guests.
Offer visitors a glass of water when they arrive, and pour one for yourself in the process. Although this isn’t a daily habit, it’s particularly useful during the holidays when loved ones are in town. (Plus, it’s polite!) At the office, place a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy during meetings.

What are your best tips for drinking more water? Tweet me here @eatwelleathappy

How Celery Juice Can Transform Your Health

Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. Because it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
 
Other Benefits of Celery Juice
 
Fights Cancer – Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. Because it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
 
This super food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and the very special essential oils that give celery its characteristic smell. These oils help to regulate the nervous system, and are very calming.
 
Celery is rich in sodium, which is very different to table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries and other aliments. If salt, including sea salt is white, then it has been processed and all minerals and nutrients have been destroyed.
 
On the other hand, the sodium that is available in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body. Every cell in our body is constantly bathed in a salt solution, and if the salt level is not in balance, dehydration occurs. This is why celery juice is a perfect rehydration drink for athletes.
 
Lowers Cholesterol – Laboratory studies also indicate that butyl phthalide, a chemical in celery, may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, celery reduces cholesterol levels by as much as 7 points with as little as 2 stalks a day. Celery also aids in increasing bile acid secretion which helps to remove cholesterol from the body.
Aids in Digestion – Special nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing that aid bowel movements. This makes celery a natural laxative that helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.
 
Diuretic – The potassium and sodium in celery juice are powerful body fluid regulators that stimulate urine production to help rid the body of excess fluid.
 
Anti Inflammatory – The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. A study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science U.S.A found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on. Luteolin also inhibits the excess production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation. Juice is the most efficient and nutritious way to eat celery, and people who have these conditions can drink as much juice as desired without overdosing.
 
Lower blood pressure – Celery’s potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine. Studies show that drinking celery juice every day for 1 week can significantly help lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow smoothly. Pthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals, the animals’ blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent. Celery amazingly doesn’t lower blood pressure which is already low.
 
Insomnia – The minerals and essential oils in celery juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it beneficial for insomniacs. Its high magnesium levels help people to relax into a soothing and restful sleep.
Weight loss – Drinking celery juice frequently throughout the day helps curb cravings for sweet. It is filling without putting any extra pounds on.
 
Elimination and Prevention of stones – Celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which aids in the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones. This lovely juice helps those who have suffered from stones from getting them again.
 
Increased Sexuality – Celery juice is beneficial for weak sexuality, yet doesn’t cause an uncontrollable urge as some pharmaceutical drugs do. Celery balances the system rather than increasing it.
Celery can be juiced with any other fruits or vegetables. A particularly delicious and powerful combination is carrot, apple, cucumber and celery.
 
This article was previously published on Huffington Post

A liver cleansing juice to improve health

Healthy Diet, Recipes | January 28, 2017 | By

Cleanse and protect your liver with this simple juice recipe. Pomegranate juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and healing properties which make it ideal for cleansing the body. 

Liver Cleanse Juice
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261 calories
53 g
0 g
3 g
15 g
0 g
977 g
622 g
25 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
977g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 622mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 53g
18%
Dietary Fiber 20g
79%
Sugars 25g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
1271%
Vitamin C
205%
Calcium
52%
Iron
63%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 red beet
  2. 3 sticks carrot
  3. 1/2 cucumber
  4. 5 stalks celery
  5. 1 handful spinach
  6. 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate seeds
  7. 1 inch slice of ginger
  8. Optional
  9. 1/2 slice of turmeric
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce well.
  2. Peel the beet and carrot. Juice spinach first then add cucumber, carrot, Pom seeds and lastly beet.
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Asian Style Cucumber Noodle Salad

Healthy Diet, Recipes | January 2, 2017 | By

Try this savory, refreshing and guilt free Asian-inspired salad. A one-cup serving clocks in at only 80 calories! A spiralizer is a handy kitchen tool for creating low carb veggie noodles.
 

Asian Style Cucumber Noodle Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
451 calories
44 g
0 g
26 g
17 g
5 g
622 g
2076 g
17 g
0 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
622g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451
Calories from Fat 222
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
41%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2076mg
87%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Sugars 17g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
254%
Vitamin C
204%
Calcium
19%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Cucumber Noodles
  1. 2 cucumbers, spiraled (using a vegetable spiralizer)
  2. 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  3. 1 cup shredded carrot
  4. 1 cup snap peas, cut in half
  5. 1 bell pepper, julienned
  6. 1 green onion, minced
  7. Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
Sesame Dressing
  1. 1/3 cup cashew butter
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup tamari
  4. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  5. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  6. pinch of chili flakes (optional)
  7. 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  8. 2 garlic cloves
  9. 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
Instructions
  1. Combine all pasta ingredients together, place in the fridge. In a high speed blender combine all dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over noodles, garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately!
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The Alkaline Foods You Need To Nourish Your Body

Disease loves a toxic body, but feels the opposite about an alkaline body. This list will help you choose alkaline fruits and vegetables.

FRUITS
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, carob, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mangos, nectarines, olives, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranates, all melons, raisins, sapotes, tamarind, tangerines, and tomatoes.?

VEGETABLES
Alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, bamboo shoots, green, lima, wax, string beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, corn, ?cucumber, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, ?bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, romaine lettuce, rutabagas, sauerkraut ?spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, watercress, and yams.

Grains
Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, and Millet.

If we aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods to make this process happen naturally, then the body needs to locate and use those minerals from elsewhere in the body. So it looks to our bones, teeth, and organs and finds and utilizes the minerals found there, which may result in a compromised immune system and decrease in energy levels.

Eating an alkaline diet will help keep your body and pH levels in balance. In your body, blood pH levels need to maintain a slightly alkaline level in order to keep you strong and healthy. Just stay hydrated, add a few foods a day and you’ll be on your way to alkalinity!

Alkaline List Source: Mimi Kirk

Why you should include beets in your diet

Healthy Diet | October 23, 2016 | By

Beets are often ignored by shoppers, even if they are available all year round. Perhaps you’re one of those who pass by the beet section looking for other veggies. Understanding the benefits of beets might make you reconsider and give them a chance.

Preparing Beets

Whole fresh organic beets offer two vegetables in one. The leaves are edible and tasty if steamed and topped with some butter, lemon or lime and your favorite spices. Those greens are similar to spinach in taste and texture and quite nutritious. Simply separate the beets from the leaves and store them until there are enough to steam. The separated beets can last for days in the fridge.

There are several ways to consume the red beets. The outer skins should be peeled regardless of how you prepare them. Then they can be grated raw and sprinkled on salads. Or chop them up into quarters, steam them and prepare as you would any vegetable.

Raw beets offer the most complete nutrients. And juicing beets with a slow masticating juicer is highly recommended. Juicing a few beets with lots of carrots and an apple or two is the tastiest way to go. And this adds more nutrients intact with important enzymes.

Eight Health Benefits of Beets

(1) Beet juice is alkaline and helps stave off acidosis, a harbinger of all diseases.

(2) Beet juice helps stimulate liver cells and cleanse and protect bile ducts. It also helps relieve the kidneys of stress to help cure gout. It also helps relieve constipation.

(3) Beets help cleanse the blood and create more red blood cells. They are useful for treating and curing anemia. Heavy daily beet consumption has even been used to treat leukemia and other cancers. With normal consumption, one can benefit from beets’ anti-carcinogenic properties.

(4) Red beets and their leaves are a high source of folate, which is the natural base of folic acid. Folate helps build tissue and red blood cells. Folic acid from folate is more beneficial for pregnant women than folic acid synthetically derived. It is healthier long term to depend on folate rather than to use folic acid supplements. Unfortunately, the two terms are misused interchangeably.

(5) Beets contain lots of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which help prevent or even cure macular degeneration and other age related eye issues.

(6) Beets are a high source of phytonutrients called betalains. Beet betalains provide strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

(7) Beets help lower blood pressure, maintain blood vessel elasticity, and even help eliminate varicose veins.

(8) Beets are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, and biotin.

It’s easy to incorporate beets into your diet. Beets are delicious and versatile. From juicing for a cleansing morning tonic to roasting them for a soup or salad, and even baking with them. 

Pumpkin Pecan Overnight Oats

Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber and can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. A fiber-rich diet seems to help people eat less and shed pounds.

If you like a smooth oatmeal, use rolled oats. If you like a crunch to your oatmeal, use steel cut oats. 

Pumpkin Pecan Overnight Oats
It’s a great recipe to try with your little ones. If you like a smooth oatmeal, use rolled oats. If you like a crunch to your oatmeal, use steel cut oats.
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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551 calories
65 g
0 g
27 g
17 g
3 g
247 g
5 g
6 g
0 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
247g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551
Calories from Fat 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
42%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 65g
22%
Dietary Fiber 14g
58%
Sugars 6g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
24%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
33%
Iron
30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup gluten free steel cut oats or rolled oats
  2. 1 1/2 T pumpkin
  3. 1 tsp chia seeds
  4. 1 tsp flax meal
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  7. 1/4 tsp ginger
  8. 1/8 tsp cloves
  9. 1 medjool date chopped or 2 tsp maple syrup
  10. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  11. 1/2 cup almond milk
Instructions
  1. Pour all the ingredients into a jar and mix very well. Try 5 at a time and they last all week! Great for those busy mornings. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you like warm oatmeal transfer from jar to heat and serve.
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