First off, for those of you who do not follow me on instagram, you should! My username is ‘electricfitness’ and I post daily inspiration to keep you going and motivated to be your best self. Here is a recent before/after picture that I posted that I would like to share. The weight loss that you see here is a mere side effect of a healthy and happy lifestyle change that everyone can make. If I could do it, ANYONE can.
One question that I get quite a bit when people are contemplating making their own lifestyle change is “do you ever cheat?” or “don’t you crave bad foods once in a while?” The answer is no and yes. No I don’t cheat and yes I crave a sweet treat once in a while. Does this mean that I don’t listen to my body and give it that sweet treat when I am craving one? Absolutely not!! But you can have a sweet treat that is an approved part of your nutrition plan without “cheating”. Part of making a lifestyle change vs. being on a diet means that when you have cut something out of your nutritional arsenal it is no longer part of what you choose to consume and you now have new creative choices for that sweet treat that are equally as tasty (or better if you ask me) and make you feel GREAT.
This recipe is one of those sweet comfort foods that I will make once in a while when I am craving a treat. It is one of my absolute favorites and I hope you like it too!
Healthy Plum Compote Oatmeal Recipe
What you will need:
- 1 lb of plums washed, pitted, quartered
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbs raw sugar or honey
- 1/2 Tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of water
For the oatmeal:
- 1/2 cup oats (old fashioned or steel cut) cooked per manufacturers directions.
- Toppings: 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk, 1 tsp cinnamon, sprinkling of coconut flakes, even a sliced banana if you are feeling frisky, why not?
*The plum compote portion of this recipe makes about 6 servings. I like to use what I need and freeze the rest, this stuff is seriously delicious.
Place the water, lemon, sugar or honey, and cinnamon into a medium saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil. Add the plums and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.
Make oats according to manufacturers directions. Top with coconut or almond milk, 1/4-1/2 cup of plum compote (depending on how much of a sweet treat you want!) and cinnamon/coconut flakes. Everyone likes their oatmeal differently so sweeten to your own taste (for me the plums make this plenty sweet). ENJOY!