Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Health Benefits Of Overnight Oats

I know, I know, overnight oats are old news in the blog world and there are many recipes out there for them, but I think they deserve another look. Overnight oats are a quick and healthy power breakfast that can give you the energy to get you through your busy morning and keep you feeling full until lunch!

Let’s take a look at what’s in mine:

Oats

  • Loaded with Thiamin, Folate, Magnesium, Iron and Maganese
  • Boost the immune system
  • Lower bad cholesterol
  • Increase appetite-control hormones


Chia seeds

  • High in quality protein
  • Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids
  • High in fiber – making you feel full
  • Filled with free radical fighting antioxidants


Apples

  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Aids in exercise endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs
  • Filled with fiber and vitamin C
  • Loaded with antioxidants


Nut butter

  • Contains healthy fats that help keep you feeling full
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides


Milk

  • Fortified with calcium and vitamin D
  • Good source of protein

Overnight Oats Recipe

1/2 c. Oats

1tbs. Chia seeds

3/4 c. Milk of choice

1 small Apple (diced)

1 tbs. nut butter of choice

Place oats and chia seeds in a container with a lid

Add milk and place in refrigerator overnight

The next morning, top with diced Apple and nut butter 

Enjoy!

Please forgive the terible photos.  I took them as I was preparing my oats for the next morning and had no access to good lighting.  Plus, I’m clearly not a food blogger…… Any way you look at it, overnight oats are a power breakfast filled with protein, fiber, and antioxidants that will keep you energized and feeling full throughout the day.  Plus, it’s a great way to scrape the last of the nut butter out of the jar (you can make it right in the jar!)

Sources

Http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/health-benefits-of-oats

Http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

Http://eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/5_health_benefits_of_an_apple

Http://www.todaysdietitian.com/new archives/090313p64.shtml

5 Coupon Apps To Help Save You Money

Last week’s post on eating healthy on a budget was a popular one!  Another way I save some moolah is using coupon apps.  After I unpack the groceries, I take 5 minutes to sit down and snap a few photos of my receipts and on average save $1.50 each week. I know it takes a few extra minutes but saving an extra $6.00 a month really adds up!  Now I can buy my groceries and have a latte too!  My favorite apps are listed below and if you decide to download them, it would be awesome if you use the referral links and codes I have inserted!  It will give me a little kickback to support my Starbucks habit!

 

Ibotta

This app is one of my favorites!  So far I have saved $14.30 and have only been using the app a few months!  This app can be used at stores like Kroger, Target, Publix, Walmart, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and the list goes on!  Using the app, you can browse through a variety of offers on groceries, electronics, even beer and wine!  You then complete a task (answer a question, learn a fact, or watch a short video) to unlock the reward.  Once you purchase the items in the grocery store, you simply use the app to take a picture of your receipt, and submit it to get your rebate.  Once you reach $10.00 in rebates, you can cash out using Pay Pal, venmo, or use it to purchase gift cards to a variety of stores.  If you sign up for Ibotta using my referral link and redeem one rebate I get a $2.00 referral bonus but whether you use my link or not not, it is definitely worth checking out!

 

Checkout 51

I started using the Checkout 51 app the same time as Ibotta and have been quite happy with it.  So far I have saved $8.25 with it.  I don’t use as many of the products on this one as I do on Ibotta, but if snapping a photo of my reicept saves me a little moolah, I’m going to snap away!  Checkout 51 offers new products every week and one “your choice” offer.  This week I chose carrots from a list of produce.  Once your rebate total reaches $20.00, they mail you a check!

 

Berry Cart

This app is relatively new to me but so far I love it.  Unlike the other apps listed here, this one focuses solely on natural and organic foods.  Like Ibotta, you have to answer questions or watch short (30 secondish) videos to unlock deals.  After you purchase the items in the grocery store, you simply take a picture of the receipt using the app and submit it to get your rebate.  Your rebates can be transferred to your PayPal account.  So far I have only saved $0.25 with this one but I have only been using it for a couple of weeks.  I get a $2 referral bonus if you sign up for Berry Cart using my referral link and redeem one rebate, but whether or not you use my link, it is a great app.

 

 Saving Star

I had this program linked to my Kroger card for years and really didn’t get much back, but that is mainly because I kept forgetting to get on line and select offers to add to my card.  Then, a few months back, I downloaded their “new to me” me app and started saving much more.  My lifetime savings are $14.92 but I have earned $9.62 of that in the past few months.  They have a healthy offer of the week and they also have a Friday freebie!  You can no longer connect your Kroger card to the app though.  Like the other apps I have discussed here, you must make the purchase, then upload a picture of your receipt.  Clearly, this new system has helped me save money and my most recent savings were on broccoli, onions, and oranges!  You can cash out when you have reached $5.00 using a bank deposit, Paypal, Upromise, or donate it to the American Forests Donation.

 

Shopmium

This app needs to be checked constantly because the offers change frequently and offers can run out…but it is totally worth the trouble.  Unlike the other apps, Shopmium offers can be used more than once!  So far I have saved $9.24 and I used the rebate for $1.00 off Laura’s Lean Been three times!  Also unlike the other apps, there is no need to ever cash out.  This app automatically deposits your savings into your PayPal account.  If you sign up for Shopmium using my referral code MEYHGGPG, I will receive a $2.00 bonus and you will receive an offer for  a free Lindt chocolate bar.  Free Chocolate!  Need I say more?  But don’t forget to use the referral code or you can kiss your chocolate goodbye 🙁

 

Do you use coupons?

 

Do you use coupon apps or do you coupon the old fashioned way?

 

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