I had surgery a couple of months ago that involved some pretty ‘delicate’ areas so I have been on a slew of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. After the frightening realization that I was LOSING MY HAIR, I decided a detox was in order. [I am still waiting to hear from my surgeon regarding the decision/phone call I made on New Year’s Eve. Really no surprise considering the ER never made it past my surgeon’s triage nurses either when trying to call in November. And they were doctors.]
So in addition to ten million other things, I am on a quest to increase fiber in my diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, a woman under 50 years old is supposed to have 25 grams of fiber each day (most Americans are lucky to get 15). I have been using My Fitness Pal to track my water ever since surgery and thought I would do the same for fiber. After doing so for a few days, it was easy to see why whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are ESSENTIAL.
I thought it might be a good idea to experiment with a few new recipes in this quest. 😀
Beginning with Eggnog Overnight Refrigerator Oats. (Every year at this time, I stock up on Land O’Lakes Light Eggnog – it’s my faaaaaaavorite and the cartons freeze well providing me with an off-season stash.) If you have never tried overnight oats and you are a fan of eggnog, this recipe would be the perfect way to dive in. It is SO.VERY.GOOD.
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup light eggnog
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almondmilk (Almond Breeze is my favorite)
- 1/2 tablespoon Chobani 0% plain yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon toasted walnuts
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- Place the oats, eggnog, and almond milk into an 8-ounce wide mouth canning jar. (Any type of container with lid would work.)
- Stir in the yogurt. (This balances the sweetness.)
- Add the toasted walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. Stir.
- Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight.
- Allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving and top with a dash of nutmeg.