Healthy Plum Compote Oatmeal Recipe

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Introducing–ME!

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Of course, you can read all about me here and my plan here, but I wanted my first post on this blog to still be an introduction of myself and my story.

First of all, why did I name my site the reverent lion?  Its because that is exactly how I feel about my journey.  My journey to health and vitality required the consistent drive and dedication of a lion and reverent patience and self-mastery necessary to truly make life altering change.

My name is Alyssa and I have not only lost 50 lbs in the past year, I have also gained a healthy and happy lifestyle. I have always struggled with my weight and I hit my all time low a little over a year ago while experiencing high amounts of stress in my personal and professional life. I came to a point where I had to choose, would I continue on my current path citing “not enough time” as an excuse, or would I live my life by design? Not a single ‘diet’ or ‘fitness’ plan out there had worked for me, and so, I decided to do my own research and devise a plan tailored to my needs (THE plan).

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So what made this lifestyle change so different from the many other times I desperately tried to lose weight? I changed my paradigm.  No longer was I concerned about calories or the number on the scale.  I put myself on a journey to health.  I was concerned about eating the most nutritionally beneficial foods and working out to build an efficient healthy body.  I was patient with myself because I wasn’t concerned about getting results in one week.  Although many view my change as drastic for one year, it was still one year of consistency.  Because I was patient, I didn’t get discouraged and binge on unhealthy foods.  Also, because I was making this a lifestyle change, I altered my thought processes.  Instead of saying “I can’t eat that cookie” I changed to “I don’t eat cookies” not because I cant but because I don’t want harmful refined sugars in my system.

Most of all I became content with myself.  If I can do it, so can you.  Love yourself and find within the desire to live by design.  Make a change towards a healthy lifestyle, your heart, mind, and body will thank you!

XOXOXOXO – Alyssa- the reverent lion