<div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="380385864285180383-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="380385864285180383-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="380385864285180383-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/9092332_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery380385864285180383]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/9092332.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="380385864285180383-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="380385864285180383-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/2253246_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery380385864285180383]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/2253246.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="380385864285180383-imageContainer2" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="380385864285180383-insideImageContainer2" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/7596460_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery380385864285180383]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/7596460.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="380385864285180383-imageContainer3" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="380385864285180383-insideImageContainer3" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/9875098_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery380385864285180383]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/9875098.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4">Who doesn't need creamy oatmeal in their life?<br><br>I consider oats to be in the "car-bo-licious" category. Their nutty sweetness and aroma get me every time. And they are especially satisfying after a good workout when you need to replenish your glycogen stores (aka carbs). <br><br>Looking for some other great foods to eat pre and post workout? <a target="_blank" href="http://kimberlysnyder.com/blog/2012/05/17/10-foods-you-should-eat-for-pre-and-post-workout/"><font color="#da4444">Check these out!</font></a><br><br>Oats go through a roasting process that gives them their sweet smell; however, the processing they go through doesn't strip them up the bran and germ like many whole grains. This means you are getting all of the fiber and nutrients no matter what type of oats you choose (steel cut, rolled, quick oats). #score!<br><br>Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in <em>The Journal of Nutrition</em></font><span><font size="4">.<br><br>I'd love to hear about your favorite oatmeal toppings! What are your favorite foods to before or after a workout?</font></span> </div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <u><strong><font size="4">Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oats</font></strong></u><br><font size="4">Serves 2 large bowls</font><br><br><font size="3">1 cup steel cut oats<br>3 cups liquid (we use 2 cups water and 1 cup whole, organic milk; dairy-free milk is great too)<br>2 T butter<br>2 T maple syrup or raw sugar<br>pinch of salt<br>1/8 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of cardamon (also optional but these spices add a hint of sweetness and help control blood sugars)<br>raisins or currants to your liking (we add these in the cooking process to soften them, but they are optional)<br><br>Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium-sized sauce pan. Quickly turn down heat to a medium-low simmer with the lid off. Stir the oats frequently to avoid sticking on bottom of pan. <br><br>Steel cut oats usually take around 30 minutes to cook. The oats should be tender and have a slight crunch depending on how you like them. <br><br>Serve and put your favorite toppings on. Our favorite topping is peanut butter. I seem to stay full longer when I add this plus it makes the oatmeal so creamy. <br><br>In the picture above we use peanut butter and pumpkin seeds. <br><br>Other toppings we use: almond butter, chia seeds, bee pollen, hemp seeds, goji berries, blueberries, and strawberries (another favorite!). </font> </div>

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