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When Life Throws Lemons At You

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sometimes bad things happen that steer us off the course we were headed down. And sometimes things happen that KICK us off that course.

I have been having a really, really rough time in my personal life lately. Family problems, friend problems, and my own personal problems bubbled up into a giant pile of WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING? The only thing that has gotten me through lately is my faith and my amazing church. I love the people there!

I haven’t been trying too many new things lately as food hasn’t been incredibly appealing lately. The actual creation of it is just lost on me at the moment.

Yesterday morning though I really wanted to try out a new breakfast.

I have wanted Oats In A Jar (OIAJ) for awhile now as I've seen it various places. Like at KERF (kath eats real food)


So many different varities you can make!

It looked like such a fun way to eat breakfast. And I wanted to combine that with Angela’s Vegan Overnight Oats with Banana Soft Serve. You can find that recipe here:


Here is OIAJ with Banana Soft Serve ~ Amber’s version.

It does take some forethought! The first thing you have to be sure to have is an almost empty jar of your favorite nut butter (or whichever one happens to be gone first). In this case it was my dark chocolate peanut butter!

Also, to make the fresh banana soft serve in the morning, you first have to freeze some bananas!

I find it easiest to slice them and let them freeze for a little bit, before putting them into a container for future use.

They don’t stick together in a huge clump this way!

The next step is to make the overnight oats the night before. For the overnight oats I combined 1/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup water, a tablespoon (8 grams) of pea protein, a tablespoon (5 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, and about half a packet of Stevia.

Don’t mind the fingerprint I made in the middle to check the texture in the morning! I had to see if it was to my liking, of course.

I measured out 75 grams (or about a small banana’s worth) of banana and to make up the banana soft serve.

Grab your nut butter jar, overnight oats, and freshly made banana soft serve and layer to your heart’s desire.

It is much prettier in a clear glass or if you think to remove the label like in the blogs above. But I was not that inventive. So really, forget about looks and just enjoy an AMAZING tasting breakfast. It’s like a super cold even yummier version of a parfait.

I usually plan out the calories to my meals beforehand, but I wasn’t exactly sure how much peanut butter was in the jar. I usually have 12 grams or 3/4 of a tablespoon of peanut butter with breakfast, but I guessed there was probably closer to a tablespoon in the jar. Apparently, there was more than that! I weighed the jar before and after and there was more like 18 grams of peanut butter. Oops, oh well!

It was definitely tasty, but it was hard to eat slowly. I was loving the flavor combination so much I had to remind myself a few times to SLOW DOWN.
That’s all I have for today, I hope it is a good one. And I hope you all have been doing well!

Quick question: What is the first thing that gets pushed aside when your life is out of whack?
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  • CAROLJ35
    Sorry about your problems and hope they are all behind you real soon. Interesting sounding breakfast, especially for a chocoholic. LOL
    I just made the Banana Ice Cream this past week and can't wait to make it again tomorrow. Just invited GC over to try it and see if they are as excited as I am about it. Delish!!!
    2859 days ago
    wow, sorry things are out of whack. I will keep you in prayer. yeah my eating and exercise is the first to go. i seem to lose focus and get off the path. So funny but when I am focused and taking care of myself I seem to handle the lemons a lot better.... go figure then why do I put something that works aside??? emoticon
    2864 days ago
    The 1st thing to go for me is cooking for myself. Now that I live alone, this happens all too easily, but then i find myself eating out and my finances soon follow the downward spiral. Sometimes it really is an effort, a HUGE effort, to say "No, I am going to cook this chicken and make some pasta, have a salad for myself!" but I'm always glad when i do. emoticon
    2870 days ago
    sorry to hear about the rough time... fist thing to go for me is exercise and eating well.
    2878 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Exercise- which is just way too sad. Hope things calm down for you soon!
    2884 days ago
    I am glad that there wasn't way to much peanut butter in the jar. It sounded tasty. Things will get better eventually. We just have to hang in there. I love you
    2884 days ago
  • CAMELA_55
    I'm sorry about all the problems you are having. Glad you have the support of a good church. And yes, how would we make it without faith.


    Looks like some yummy oatmeal!


    When my life gets out of whack, household responsibilities usually suffer (cooking, cleaning, laundry). Of course, they often suffer anyways, as I am not a domestic goddess.
    2884 days ago
    Every good wish that the bad things you mentioned here might soon be resolved, Amber. Thanks for sharing these yummy, healthy goodies with us to vicariously enjoy! I really appreciate it :) Good for you, for continuing to take excellent care of yourself as you go through this rough patch. With every day, you're moving through all this just a little bit more, and you'll see better times before you know it. All the best... - Sandi emoticon
    2884 days ago
    I hope things start looking up for you, hon! When it rains, it pours, doesn't it? emoticon
    I hope the rest of your week is better. We (your Spark friends) are here for you.
    Thx for sharing the recipe. Very interesting!
    2884 days ago
    Amber, I hope things get better soon.

    My answer to your quick question is my eating, unfortunately. Stress has a habit of derailing my efforts.

    Best wishes to you.
    2885 days ago
  • KATHI214
    It's hard sometimes to find the strength and time to take care of you when so many things are going on. Hang in there and be good to yourself. Somehow God gets us through the tough times and he is always there for us. emoticon emoticon We just have to be patient, which is hard!
    2885 days ago
  • PAG2809
    Hmmm... interesting recipe. Hang in there and remember you also have a lot of people here who care about you!
    2885 days ago
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