Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oats and Self Care Tips

Halloween may be over but pumpkin is still readily available and I plan on using it in many recipes this month!  I made these overnight oats last week and they are such an awesome treat in the morning.

As your life gets more hectic over the holiday season, feel free to make this the night before so your morning goes smoothly, especially if you have kids.  Mornings can be so rushed and then you're starting your day out feeling stressed out...no one wants that.  Make some overnight oats to check breakfast off your morning list.  They are full of fiber, protein, fruit, antioxidants and your kids won't be starving mid morning.

Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oats:

1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of non dairy milk
2 tbsp of maple syrup
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
1 banana
Toppings: nuts, trail mix, goji berries, hemp seeds

Put your oats and milk in a mason jar and mix well.  Mix in the pumpkin, vanilla, maple syrup, and spice also.  Mix well and taste.  If you need more sweet, mix in another tbsp of maple syrup.  Place in the fridge overnight.  The next morning, slice a banana on top and sprinkle with one topping from the list above.

I had a pretty raucous weekend starting with Halloween on Friday night so I'm going to be eating clean and getting back to running over the next few weeks.  I'm still dealing with an injury to my left foot but once it's feeling back to normal, I'm going to be getting back to running on a regular basis. One of the great things about NYC is you can run anywhere.  I have Central Park and the East River trail right here for me to enjoy.  

I taught a fabulous yoga class last night, I was completely unprepared because it was last minute but I pulled out an energizing and relaxing class.  If any of you are living in the city, email me at fabulousveganrecipes@gmail.com to sign up for my next class.  Classes are donation based and are taught in a super nice studio on the west side.

Let's make November self care month!  I just taught a workshop at the end of last month all about self care and learning to deal with stress during the holiday months.  There are many ways to take care of yourself that involve checking in with yourself often: breathing throughout the day, mindful eating, meditation, enjoying nature, taking a bubble bath and sitting in silence with your favorite warm drink. Have you done any of these lately?  As people demand more of your time and the year comes to an end, make sure you are taking time for yourself.  This allows you to unwind, recalibrate and destress.

Pick one self care exercise and do this.  It can be an simple as making this overnight oat recipe instead of eating nothing for breakfast...or eating a sugar laden muffin.  Make these oats and expand your palate.

What self care exercises will you do this month?  If you need help or want to find out if health coaching is right for you, email me at fabulousveganrecipes@gmail.com for your FREE health consultation.