Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Have a Happy Healthy Holiday with Refrigerator Oatmeal

The holidays are in full swing. As we dash and prance from one holiday party to the next, we are surrounded by decadent delectables calling us, daunting us, alluring us until we succumb to the temptations and say to ourselves, “Oh! I gotta try that!”

Years ago, I taught a series of weight management classes where we covered strategies for handling the holidays without overeating. One tip was to not under-eat the day of the party because inevitably we arrive at the party starving and snarf everything in site! Instead it’s best to eat healthy meals throughout the day knowing full well that our healthy-for-me meter will go out the door the second we eye the buffet table.

This Refrigerator Oatmeal can be made a day ahead and is the perfect pre-party breakfast. It is made with all good-for-you ingredients: Greek yogurt, oats, honey, fruit, milk, and chia seeds, those poppy seed look-alikes that have gained popularity. These cool little seeds are a good source of plant protein and omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat known to reduce internal inflammation and boost heart health. Chia seeds are also super high in fiber: 1 tablespoon contains 6 grams! With the high fiber of the chia seeds, oats and fruit, and the probiotics in the Greek yogurt, your GI tract will be smooth sailing through the holidays right into the New Year!


A Happy Healthy Holiday Giveaway!!
As an incentive to get your holidays and New Year off to a great start, I am excited to announce another product giveaway!! One lucky winner will receive a full case of Chobani yogurts in the new 16-ounce size.  You have up to 10 chances to win- enter as many options as you would like. If you are already an Eating Local in the Lou follower on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Google Friend Connect, you automatically get an entry by clicking on the Rafflecopter for that option! This giveaway is open to U.S. citizens and closes at 11:59 pm CST on Christmas eve (Dec. 24).

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Chunky Monkey Refrigerator Oatmeal

Ingredients
Directions
  1. In a jar with a lid, add all of the ingredients.
  2. Screw on lid, shake well and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Enjoy chilled.
Of course any flavor yogurt can be used with any fruit to make your own flavor combination. We also enjoyed peach yogurt with chopped peaches and blueberry yogurt with frozen blueberries...but this "Chunky Monkey" combo is our family fav.
until next time...
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83 comments:

  1. I love Chobani yogurt! Their fruit flavors are my favorite, though I am going to have to try this chunky monkey oatmeal!

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  2. my favorite flavor of chobani is blood orange! This recipe sounds so yummy though! Can't wait to try it thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I love mixing it up but my go-to is plain - I like being able to add my own ingredients/flavors!

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  4. I like Raspeberry Cho but can't wait to try the new Banana flavor. Actually, mixing the two would probably be awesome!

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  5. I really like the chobani passionfruit!

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    1. I did not realize how many flavors I have yet to try

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  6. I love refrigerator oatmeal! I have never had chocolate chunk, so I'd like to try that.

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  7. fav flavor is definitely the new blood orange!!! I really want to try the banana and pear flavor too!

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  8. I love any berry flavors, especially raspberry. Black cherry is also excellent. Thank you for the giveaway!

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

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  9. vanilla is my favorite yogurt flavor.

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  10. Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.montag.7/posts/377715585653659

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  11. GFC & Google+ ID Barbara Montag
    Pinterest jalapenomama

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  12. I shared!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/jorie.wilsonrogers/posts/389958757756575

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  13. My favorite flavor is passionfruit!

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  14. I love vanilla and fruit flavors. This recipe looks good. I cant wait to try it :)

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  15. Vanilla! (maria.harenavimen.476@gmail.com)

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  16. my favorite flavor of chobani is blood orange

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  17. I like Vanilla yogurt!

    Nancy
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  18. Raspeberry for me - Dorothy Deakyne

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  19. I like the plain yogurt because you can do so much more with it. Honey to sweeten or use as a substitute for sour cream in recipes.

    diane(dot)wortman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I love just plain vanilla :)
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  21. shared on FB

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  22. I like their honey version! heartgirl28 (at) hotmail.com

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  23. my favorite flavor is vanilla because its versatile and i can add whatever i want to it --- almonds, granola, fruit, candy, etc!

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  24. I like the Blood Orange flavor. Thanks for the chance, and Merry Christmas!

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  25. My favorite yogurt flavor is plain (full fat when I can find it). I add lots of yummy ingredients: cocoa, shredded coconut, chocolate shavings, sometimes cinnamon, nuts, etc. mmmm

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  26. I love Chobani's passion fruit. So good!

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  27. I love watermelon flavored yogurt, but it's been 3 years since I last saw it in stores

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  28. mine is blueberry.
    Sarah Davis
    Sarah at realtorsd.com

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  29. I usually like any yogurt with strawberry or peaches, but the Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk sounds good.

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  30. Strawberry is my favorite... but pineapple a close second!

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  31. Peach is always good. But I love Pina Colada!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  32. Black cherry!
    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  33. Definitely pineapple!!
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  34. It's a toss up between peach and blueberry.

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  35. shared on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kathy.c.dalton/posts/139876486166526

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  36. definitely raspberry AND PEACH COMES IN SECOND

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  37. i love peach

    annae07 at aol dot com

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  38. I Love Vanilla!
    lmkay630@gmail.com

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  39. I love Chobani and my favorite is strawberry!
    marika200@hotmail.com

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  40. I like strawberry
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  41. i love strawberry banana

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  42. The blood orange
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  43. Strawberry,natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  44. OMG - that Vanilla-Chocolate chunk sounds FABulous!!!(HollyC) Thanks for the chance, love Chobani yogurt!!! Happy Holidays....

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  45. Shared on Facebook:
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  46. I like banana yogurt.


    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. I love vanilla yogurt with fresh bananas and granola

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  48. I like blueberry yogurt =)
    Miz Vickik

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  49. I love strawberry yogurt.
    Sherri J
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  50. My favorite flavor is honey. It's so yummy!

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  51. I shared on fb here: https://www.facebook.com/lhaogable/posts/180908492055946 Thanks :)

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  52. Anything fruity, or plain with my own frozen berries added in

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  53. I love pineapple and coconut!
    Thank You for the great giveaway

    Fiona N

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  54. I've only had yogurt a few times, so I don't really have a favorite flavor yet. But the vanilla chocolate chunk sounds like something I'd love. Thank you! (:

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