Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal is a healthier oatmeal balanced with protein & healthy fats. Just toss everything in a crockpot for an easy, make ahead breakfast! Gluten Free + Low Calorie
Certain things happen when you go to the gym all the time. For instance, people start associating you certain equipment and you get the occasional “oh hey, someone’s on your bike.”
I had an old man jokingly ask me recently if they paid me to ride the spin bike to motivate others. Haha…in my dreams mister! Little did he know, I was working on a new set for one of my classes.
Then there are the people who are suddenly doing everything you’re doing aka the copycats. At first it’s complimentary, but after awhile it’s kind of creepy. What’s really funny is when I see one of the beefy guys grabby a BOSU or balance ball to do a move I do. It’s pretty entertaining!
There are also the people who one day out to the blue start talking to you and proclaim they’ve been “watching you.” Once again, kind of stalker-esk. Or on a more normal note, I get women asking me where I buy my fitness apparel (Fabletics, Lulu or Athleta in case you’re wondering).
So either I’m a freak of nature, am a motivation to others or simply attract all the freaks. Probably a combination of all those things. Hopefully, more motivation though. Although I did kill two people out of spin class the other day. P.S. that doesn’t mean everyone is a freak, but a couple of them have turned out to be. True story!
How does this tie in with a Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal? It does, but first two important pieces of nerdy nutrition advice so listen up!
Those oatmeal packets you’re buying at the store. Yeah, hate to tell you but they’re bad for you. Almost all are loaded with added sugar and other chemical goofiness your body doesn’t know what to do with. I can’t tell you how many of my clients think they’re eating healthy by eating them. The problem is even if they’re low calorie the added sugar becomes a problem for those trying to lose weight or that have specific conditions.
This Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal is a better for weight management because it has protein and healthy fat added to it to balance out the carbohydrates which the store bought ones do not. I’ve had a few clients mention they don’t like eggs. Oatmeal is a great place to add egg whites because they cook in like water and you never know they’re in there. It’s like eating a pancake (in case you didn’t know there’s eggs in those too).
So before you reach for those instant packs, investigate what’s in them then think about how you’re balancing the carbs. In my opinion, Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal is a much better solution but of course I’m biased!
Breakfast can be a challenge on a busy morning. Making oatmeal in a crockpot and loading it with fruit, eggs and seeds is a recipe for belly happiness. It’s a great recipe to add to the weekly meal prep because you can make an entire batch in the crockpot in one shebang, divide into separate containers and you’re setup for healthy breakfast for the week. That’s as easy as it gets! Now if that’s not motivation, I don’t know what is…
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Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup frozen or thawed cranberries
- 1 medium apple cored and sliced
- 2 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp pepita seeds pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 large egg whites omit for Vegan
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Spray inside of a crockpot with nonstick cooking spray
- Place all ingredients inside crockpot
- Cook on low 3 hours or high 1 hour until oats are cooked and cranberries and apples are softened
- Serve in a bowl topped with Greek or coconut yogurt for extra protein!
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