This year I’m partnering with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze to share healthful recipes made with almond milk, like these easy, no-cook overnight oats that will help you serve up your best.
This summer our days have been jam-packed. No lazy days of summer here. She’s been a busy 12 year old with one camp or another almost every week this summer.
Golf camp. Soccer camp. And to continue carrying on my sport-loving legacy, she had her first volleyball camp too.
I am so glad she likes sports. Because like I was at her age, my girl is tall. And she’s surprisingly coordinated. She has ball games in her genes and maybe one day, ONE DAY, a scholarship just might be in her future. Oh, one can only wish upon a four leaf clover with fingers, toes and eyes crossed too. And if it doesn’t, I know there’s a whole lot more she’ll get from playing in sports besides financial aid.
I remember trying out for my 7th grade volleyball team. I didn’t know a set from a spike or a bump from a dig. But I loved it. I relished the challenge of improving at something I practiced at. I loved the competition and the thrill of the win. I even loved doing homework with my teammates on the bus rides to the away games. Gina and Jill, you got me through Algebra and I thank you.
One of the hardest parts of becoming a graduating high school senior was competing in our final State games and knowing I would soon be saying goodbye to the friendships I had developed during those trying teenage years. All thanks to being part of a team.
I can only hope that Smudge will learn the same discipline, respect and work ethic I did from competing in team sports. It’s an experience that sets you up for the rest of life’s challenges, ups, downs, wins and losses. Because life really is the ultimate game.
That’s why I was super excited to hear that Almond Breeze is helping fuel Team USA Volleyball athletes as the official almondmilk and sponsor of USA Volleyball. You can get in on the action by visiting ServeUpYourBest for a chance to win $5,000 for the ultimate beach day.
Bump. Set. SCORE! Summer just keeps getting better and better.
Much to my Smudge’s chagrin, all this game playing has made sleeping in a rare commodity. She’s up and getting at it at just about the same time she was during the school year. My firm rule is she NEVER leaves the house without breakfast. Lucky for me, this girl is a good eater and she LOVES oatmeal.
We started making overnight oats during the school year and it’s made morning meal times especially easy. Usually we make 2-3 and even 4 at a time since they last just fine in the fridge. It makes it so that if she wants to sleep in that extra 10 minutes, I’m okay that she does because she can just grab a jar and eat them on the go.
Smudge makes these for herself now, playing around with flavors and spices. But her favorite way is this way, with berries, banana, Almond Breeze almondmilk and oats. Since we had cherries on hand we threw them in too, then layered it all in red, white and blue for a patriotic nod to USA Volleyball.
One thing to note, don’t skip on adding a pinch of salt to the mix. It adds just the right touch to flavor to the whole entire mix.
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- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups mixed raspberries, sliced sweet dark cherries and cherries
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
- Divide the rolled oats between two 1-pint canning jars fitted with screw top lids. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of honey into each jar. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon salt to each jar.
- Layer 1 cup of berries in each jar alternating in red, white and blue layers of raspberries, cherries, banana and ending with blueberries.
- Pour 1 cup of almond milk over berries in each jar. Screw the lids on the jars and refrigerate overnight.
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