5 Overnight Oats Recipes To Try This Week

Yesterday I posted a picture on my Instagram (follow here) of some Sunday prepartions I did for my busy work week. I am trying to get into the habit of preparing meals, setting out clothes, and planning activites each Sunday to make life much easier during the week. One of the things I always do is prepare breakfasts for the week. Last week I made the health muffins and this week I prepped Overnight Oats.

If you are a Tone It Up girl then you will be very familiar with this recipe. It is so easy to make and personalize with the ingredients you like. The base is 1/4-1/2 cup of quick oats and unsweetend almond milk (you can use any milk you like). To prepare you just add your ingredients to a mason jar or small container and then cover everything with your milk,sti, and leave it in the fridge while you sleep. I would add a generous amount of milk because the oats will soak it up overnight. Hence, Overnight Oats. Some people like to eat them cold straight out of the jar but I like to heat mine up in the morning. It’s all up to you.

Here are 5 of my favorite Overnight Oats recipes:

Double Almond
1/4 cup of  oats
1 scoop protein powder
Dash of cinnamon
1 pkt of stevia
1 Tbsp of almond butter
Almond milk to cover oats

Chocolate Covered Coconut
1/4 cup of oats
1 scoop PB2 chocolate OR any chocolate nut butter
1 pkt stevia
Coconut flakes
Coconut milk to cover oats

Blueberry Muffin
1/4 cup oats
1 Tbsp protien powder
Dash of cinnamon
2 tsbp of agave nectar
Handful of blueberries
Almond milk to cover

Chia Strawberry
1/4 cup of oats
3 strawberries, sliced
1 tsp of chia seeds
1 pkt of stevia
Almond milk to cover

Banana Nut 
1/4 cup of oats
1 pkt of stevia
1/2 banana, sliced
1 handful of walnuts
Almond milk to cover

These are just 5 of my favorite recipes but the possibilites are endless! Let me know your favorite quick morning recipes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Places to connect:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheImperfectpearl
Instagram: https://instagram.com/courtney.val/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtneywval
Blog: http://www.imperfectpearl.blogspot.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/courtneywval/
Email: courtneywval@gmail.com



Continue Reading

Misogi Naturals Lather Master Soap Review + GIVEAWAY!

Hello Lovelies!
I have just posted a new video on my YouTube Channel reviewing the bath and body products from Misogi Naturals. This company is all natural, vegan, and eco-friendly. My husband and I have been using the Silk Kimono Lather Master soap for about a month and we are in love. It comes with a special exfoliating pad attached to the soap so you can exfoliate your skin, cleanse your skin, and then create a rich later to shave your legs. (or face, or wherever…) It also leaves a lasting fresh scent that is not too overpowering. The photos below are the 6 available scents. The 4.5 oz soaps retail for $12 each and the accompanying body butters are $18 each. I am doing a giveaway on my YouTube channel where you can enter to win of the the gift sets which includes both the body butter and soap. If you would like to enter head on over to the video HERE
Also I have a coupon code for you all to use to receive %15 off your order. Use code LatherMaster
**Giveaway rules at the bottom of this page**

GIVEAWAY RULES:
~ Must be 18+ or have permission from guardian to give out shipping address.
~Must like Misogi Naturals Facebook page HERE
~Be a subscriber to my YouTube channel. Subscribe HERE
~Give my review video a thumbs-up 
~Share the review video on any social media site and then leave a comment on the video with the link to where you shared the video and also say “enter me”.  You can enter once a day for 2 weeks. 
**You can also enter by leaving your link to where you shared the video on this blog post with the link to the shared video and state “enter me”. 
~Giveaway will run from 11/17/14 until 11/30/14 at 11:59 EST. 
~Once the winner is announced they will be contacted and have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. 
Thanks for joining me and good luck!
Other places to find me:
Email: courtneywval@gmail.com
Instagram: @courtney.val
Twitter: @courtneywval
Continue Reading

TGIF: Healthy Weekend Cocktail Recipes

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you but I am ready to enjoy the weekend and along with it a light cocktail or two. Usually I limit my alcohol intake because it tends to give me a headache but when I do indulge these are my go-to drinks. I’ve also included some “mocktail” options below in case you’re not of legal drinking age.

Prosecco/sparkling wine:
Bubbly is the perfect drink when you want something light. It only has 60-80 calories per glass and 1-2g of sugar. If sparkling wines are too dry for you, try adding the juice from a couple fresh, ripe berries. I like blackberries or blueberries personally.

Grapefruit Wine Spritzer
1 oz of pinto grigio
2-4oz of Polar brand ruby red grapefruit sparkling water. You could use any brand just as long as it doesn’t contain artificial flavors or sweeteners. I have sampled many sparkling waters and I find the Polar brand to have the most flavor.
**Another good idea is to make a carafe of this and add in ripe ruby red grapefruit slices. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and it will taste extra delicious.

Kombucha Wine Cocktail
1/2 bottle of GTS Trilogy kombucha or 8oz home-brewed kombucha.
2 oz of blush or white wine of choice

Raw Margarita aka “Skinny” Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp of agave nectar
seltzer water and ice
Salt for the rim (optional)
If you’re going to have a margarita this really is the best way to go. It’s light, refreshing, and very low on the glycemic index. My husband makes the best raw margaritas.

Classic Mimosa
3 oz sparkling wine, champagne, or prosecco
Fresh juice from 1-2 oranges. Try to stay away from pre-packaged juices as they usually contain extra sugar.

X-rated Martini
1 oz X-rated vodka (a vodka infused with blood orange, mango, and passion fruit flavors)
2 oz champagne
A little fresh raspberry juice
Raspberry to garnish.
This is one of my all-time favorite cocktails. They serve it at a lounge I used to frequent in college called Room 38.  Man, I miss that place.

Mocktails
By the way, I am not endorsing underage drinking. Your time will come so don’t rush it. 🙂

Mock Ipanema
8oz Ginger ale
A few mint leaves
Crushed ice
~Add a silly straw or fun umbrella!

Mock Champagne cocktail
Sparkling white grape juice
2 fresh raspberries

As always drink responsibly and listen to your body. Everything in moderation.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great weekend!

Continue Reading

Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” Recipe

Good Evening! Or Morning, or afternoon….depending on where you live. 

I just got done eating dinner and taste testing a new recipe I tried out today. Like always I cant’t just keep these things to my self. Oh no. They must be shared! 🙂
This is a recipe where you take a head of cauliflower and make a substitute for mashed potatoes. This recipe is 100% gluten-free, vegan, and delicious. 
 It still has the same texture as mashed potatoes and basically the same taste but with more nutritional value. Cauliflower is a great source of protein, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, K, and B6.   
Enjoy!
Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
1 1/2 tsp of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp garlic salt or just plain salt depending on what you prefer
A pinch of black pepper
2 Tbsp of unsweetened almond milk. You could also use unsweetened soy milk. 
Directions:
1. Chop up your head of cauliflower and add all pieces to a large pot of slow boiling water. You can use every bit of the cauliflower except for the leaves so don’t be afraid to add both the florets and stems. 
2. Once your cauliflower bits are tender drain the water and add the cauliflower to your blender along with the almond milk. 
3. Blend on lowest setting until the mixture is well blended but a few lumps remain. If your blender has a pulse setting, use that. 
4. Pour the mixture back into the pot and place it on low heat. 
5. Slowly mix in the salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast one at a time. 
6. Remove the pot from the stove and serve!
While the recipe itself is vegan I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top and it was quite tasty. 😉
This was my first time making this recipe and I was pleasantly surprised. It really does taste just like mashed potatoes! 
I hope you enjoy this dish and have a great day!
Courtney
Continue Reading

Quick and Delicious Miracle Noodle Soup

Hey there!

I just wanted to share with you a recipe I tried out today. I was searching around my fridge for a healthy, but tasty, dinner option for work and came up with this soup. It turned out to be delicious!

Ingredients:

~1 Package of the Miracle Noodle, Shirataki macaroni.
~ 1/2 diced green pepper
~2 Tbsp of hemp seed hearts
~ 2 stalks of chopped celery
~Ground black pepper to taste
~A pinch of oregano for good health
~About 20-24 oz of Chicken broth (you could use veggie broth too). I just filled it up until all the other ingredients were covered and floating.
That’s it! You could also add in any favorite seasonings you like.

Before adding the noodles to the jar you want to rinse them off. Then I just added the rest of the ingredients to this big mason jar and shook it to mix everything together. When I got to work I transferred some into a small bowl and heated it in the microwave for 2 minutes. You could heat it right in the jar if you wanted.  (take the lid off, of course).

The Miracle Noodles take the flavor of whatever you cook them in so it tasted like a warm chicken noodle soup. Yum!

Bon Appetit!

Continue Reading

Video: Random Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Trip

Hola gal pals!

Yesterday I had to travel 2 1/2 hours away for work so I decided to take a little side trip to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

Before I put everything away I made a little video showing you what items I picked up. (including some of my absolute favorites!)

I actually did a more complete grocery trip last week before I knew about this work trip so I didn’t need any fresh products.  I was just replenishing some everyday staples and trying out some new foods.

I hope you enjoy this video. I LOVE watching these types of videos because it gives me ideas of different items to try.  I have another trip planned for early February so please let me know if there are any other things I should try from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. You can comment below or tweet me @imperfectperla.

Peace,

Courtney

Continue Reading

How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Healthy, Travel-Friendly Coffee Creamer

Happy December Lovelies!

Today we’re talking about one my favorite things in this whole wide world: coffee. During the colder months I like to change up my morning coffee routine and add some creamer. There is just something so comforting about a hot, creamy cup of coffee on a chilly winter morning.  Usually I like to add almond, soy, or coconut milk as my creamer but I have been traveling a lot lately and it’s not easy to constantly have one of those on hand.

 So, I did some experimenting and found a way to create my own healthy travel-friendly dry coffee creamer. I know many people will be traveling for the holidays so I thought I would share this quick little “How To” in case you want to try it for your next trip.

I actually made this specific batch last week when I was traveling to a tiny town in Mississippi and I knew my options would be limited. I packed it beside the baggie of stevia packets that permanently lives in my purse.

What You Need:
~1-2 Scoops protein powder. Mine is the Vanilla Nutribiotic
~1-2 Packets of Stevia
~ 1 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can add more or less depending on what you prefer)

 
 
You just pour the ingredients into a travel size baggie and shake, shake, SHAKE! Make sure it’s  closed all the way before shaking. I learned the hard way.
 
It should look something like this:
 
 
 
Tip: I have found the best way to mix this into coffee is to add the creamer to your cup first with a little bit of coffee. Then, with a fork mix in the creamer really well. Add the rest of your coffee to the cup and enjoy! If you are at a coffee shop you can also ask the barista to add a splash of soy milk, which will help the creamer more easily blend.
 
Essentially the protein powder and stevia are the base for your creamer but you can add in whatever flavorings your like.

 
Here are some other flavor combinations I want to try:
 
Peppermint Mocha: Chocolate protein powder, stevia, cocoa, crushed all-natural peppermint sticks.
Flavor Of Fall: Vanilla protein powder, stevia, nutmeg, and cinnamon
Chai: Vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.
White Chocolate Mocha: Protein powder, cocoa, stevia, natural white chocolate chips (I found some at Trader Joe’s)
Peanut Butter Cup: Chocolate protein powder, cocoa,  stevia, and PB2
 
Let me know if you have any other flavor ideas in the comments below or tweet me @imperfectperla
 
 
Have a great day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Continue Reading