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Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

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With this recipe I have added apples so I am able to get in another fruit..and I added egg for some protein punch!
This is HEALTHY in a bowl! I make it in Sunday for he whole week! I bake a big batch..and once it’s cooled..I divided it into individual servings..and place in the frig…ready for me to grab each morning..! And I can even take it to work to have for those days that I am sooo short on time..I need to grab and go..and another great benefit of this recipe..I can eat it cold or hot! What ever I am in the mood for!

Be creative..add what you like..coconut..raisins..chocolate chils..pecans…walnus..be creative!

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

2 cups of old fashion oats
1/3 cup splenda brown sugar
2 Teaspoons cinnamon
dash of salt
1 Teaspoon Baking powder

3 Tab butter melted and set aside

2 cups almond milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use almond extract}
2 cups chopped apples

mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder together, set aside
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melt butter set aside
mix in separate bowl add milk, eggs and vanilla or almond extract ..mix well by hand and then add chopped apples..
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mix together with the dry ingredients…
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pour into a greased baking dish..
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then add the melted cooled butter into the mixture and swirl with a fork until mixed into the oatmeal/apple mixture…
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10592947_10204565349471133_1509295119062611675_n[1]bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes..keep an eye in it..cause everyone’s oven is different..

Let it cool and divided it into individual protions..and refrigerate..eat over your whole week! YOU can eat this hot or cold..
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For added crunch I chopped walnuts to the top of each individual serving.
Hope you enjoy this recipe…and it becomes you new favorite morning meal!

Good Morning!

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I made it through the evening without touching that Blue Bell Ice Cream in my freezer! And I feel GREAT about that!! This morning I ate a sausage , egg, peppers and cheese breakfast bowl! Yes from Atkins! And I loved every bite! Now I am sipping on some hot tea..this first day of August, 2014..because it feels like a fall day! Only 60’s today, and chance of rain!

It’s now 9:57 am and already I have cleaned the kitchen..washed two loads of clothes..but a roast on to cook..cleaned out the pool…gave the dog a bathe…and finally sitting down to blogging…for just a bit…WOW! Far cry from Miss drag my ass out of bed girl! Energy is coming back.. and I like it! No heavy loaded down feeling…interesting observation..and all I did was change what foods I decided to put in my body..interesting..

I tons more stuff to do today.. still unpacking from my two week stay with my Mum in Ohio.. wishing I was still with her right now..ok slap my face and knock me back into reality…lots to do.. final exams to study for..(yek) and a bedroom to reorganize so our favorite guest can sleep in there when they come to visit!

Just wanted to share with you my changed in energy level..and my hunger pains are finally calming down..going to do some meal planning that I will share with you all later…I am going to save this as a draft..and finish this evening..
TaTa!

I made a roast today for dinner.. since I have a unhealthy relationship with food.. I wanted to make sure I didn’t sit down and eat the whole thing..so I made plans to make the cooked roast into several different meals. For my son.. I added potatoes, onions and carrots..he ate it for lunch and dinner..
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I had a portion for dinner ( mine has roast, onions, baby carrot and French green beans…) and then I made three to freeze.. I added some french green beans and one chopped tiny carrot to each. I also used a cup of water and a packet of seasoning to the whole roast..total carb count is ( 2 carbs for seasoning, 1 for baby carrot & onion..and 2 for French cut green beans) Total 5 carbs for the meal. Plus No things in it I don’t want!
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I have wrapped them well with plastic wrap.. if they cook up well after freezing them I will be making more..keep posted for updates and recipes for my frozen low carb meals!
I like the fact that I knew that it was possible that I would eat the whole roast..and recognized that I needed to portion it out into meals.. recognizing these little things is important to my success !

Gone Gone Gone

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I have been gone for over 5 months…I am ashamed to say… and in that time.. I have been on again off again on my journey.. leading me right back to the beginning…UGH!
But I am not going to bang myself in the head about it.. I am just going to move on in the right direction. Thank you to all those who asked my whereabouts.. As I reflect back .. I realize I have been off the wagon way to long.. and for the life of me I can’t understand why..since it seems all I ever do it..diet..and think about losing weight..

So this is a important stepping stone for me.. I am taking a leap of faith here.. and looking up a number to a specialist in weight loss …I don’t want a quick fix.. ok maybe I do want a quick fix..how ever I know they are not out there..I don’t want a fad diet.. I don’t want to have surgery.. I just want to fix me.. make me healthy..is that too much to ask for?

SO today had been a day of reckoning.. for me.. to think how the last five months have passed and I am still in the same spot.. some might say..hey at least you didn’t gain..well that’s probably not a true statement.. because like I said I have been dieting the five months..and I am just at the same place I started..so I more than likely road the roller coaster the last five months..and just by the luck of the draw..checked it at my start point..so my reckoning is that ..this has to stop.. I need to get serious…NOW! I can’t wish it away.. I can’t let someone do it for me.. I have to do it..and I know that.. I’ve always known that.. but now I have to do it..why the change? why the urgent need? Well several reason really..

#1 I fill like shit.. energy level is zero..look like crap..feel unhealthy…look unhealthy..and I want to change..
#2 I want to live.. there I said it.. after all how many 1oo pound 80 year olds do you see? laugh as you might.. but you don’t..as I creep upon 60 that is only 20 years off..now is the time.. I don’t want to cut myself short!
#3 I want to enjoy my retirement years.. travel..see the rest of the world.. but at this rate I am good if I can walk the block.. I see my breathing changing.. my heart racing.. I only hope I haven’t caused irreplaceable damage to myself..
#4 this weight is too much to carry around anymore.. I’m done.. I’m over it..and I am breaking up with it.. got the T-Shirt and moving on.
#5 I don’t want to be an embarrassment to my family. Although I know I am. I know they love me..but how can you not be ashamed of my out of control eating.. I must be lick the drugging or alcoholic in the family.. no one ever speaks about..
#6 Grandbaby…yes I am going to be a grandma..for the first time in December.. YIPPEEE! I have wanted to be one for as long as I can remember.. I want to get on the floor and play..give piggy back rides..make tents from a sheet and card table..I want to go to the park and play with my grandchild..not sit on the sidelines.. I know that this isn’t the only reason to lose weight..but it sure is a good one! IT’s going to be wonderful to have a little one around ..it’s been so long..even though we are living miles apart.. I want to be in my grandchild’s life as much as possible!

Goals…yes we must set goals in our lives..and do our best to obtain them or..we are just fluttering around like a fish out of water.. if we don’t set goals and strive to met them..we end up no where!

After many hours of soul searching and mindful thinking.. I have developed a plan of attack.. I have declared this BEV TIME! I am preparing my fight against food.. and by GOD I am going to beat this..
Plan of attack
#1 Stay focused..journal everyday.. keeping the task at hand on my mind in my thoughts.. not obsessively. But positively.
#2 Make a food plan.. weekly and stick with it.. plan for it.. plan for snacks.. keeping something in my purse/car incase of emergency’s. Decide what is best for you
#3 Exercise.. daily.. anything.. swim, walk, weights, just do it
#4 Develop a core group of like people who want to do what I am doing..share ideals..thoughts and goals and ideals on how to get there. be a support system for each others.. Maybe meet once a week to discus our week.
#5. Realize you are addicted to food.. no it’s not drug..or alcohol.. but never the less it’s a addiction..admitting it and doing something about it.. is a step in the right direction.
#6 OA continue to go to phone meetings and try to attend a meeting in person once a month. The support will be invaluable.
#7 Figure out my trigger foods and eliminate them from my home.. ( not to say that I can’t ever in my life have them again.. but right now.. I can’t handle them.. or I wouldn’t be where I am today.
#8 Seek doctors support and guidance.. have him follow progress
#9 Talk with a dietitian find out the cost and pay it.. maybe the best advice you ever get.
#10 Realize my plans can be altered if something is not working.. be flexible.. but don’t give yourself an excuse to eat.
#11 Check in with yourself Daily.. what worked what didn’t work..it’s a plan not a bible..it can be revised
#12 Set many goals..and reward yourself in small ways for reaching them.(ie. nails done.. movie..etc)
#13 Don’t set yourself up for failure. Make it real
#14 NO FAST FOOD. PERIOD nothing is good about it.. cut it out completely
#15 Eat only when hungry
#16 Drink water..PERIOD
#17 Eat Healthy no processed food..
#18 Constantly be on the look out for new hobbies that get you moving.. new recipes that are healthy..
#19 Make a graph to follow your weight loss
#20 Make a Vision board.. if you can dream it you can be it!
#21 Shut off the TV! Limit your TV intake.. get up and keep moving.. this may be hard at first.. but after awhile it will be come second nature.
#22. Sleep Get plenty of it..7-8 hours.. regardless!
#23 Make yourself priority! This is you time. .and yes, damit ..its all about what is best for you!
#24 Believe it! Believe in your ability to accomplish your goals..
#25 Make you goals obtainable. be realistic about your journey
This my plan of attack.. I may go back and tweak it..in the months to come.. but I will be living this..everyday..even after I reach my goal. I know that fighting my addiction to food..will be a life long battle.. but I am bound to make it a victory!

So come along and join me.. don’t just watch on the sidelines.. be apart of this exciting new found journey..watch out ..cause I just might be sliding into home plate..with a victory on this one!
Cheers!
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Daily Journal #17

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Daily food journal #16

Breakfast 2 eggs 1 Carb
hot tea
water
Lunch 2 cups salad 2 carbs
4 oz chicken 0 carbs
salad dressing 4 carbs
water
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iced tea peach no sugar 1
Dinner
2 cups salad 2 carbs
2 hard loiled eggs 1 carb
salad dressing 4 carbs
brats 2 carbs
hot tea 0 carbs
peach ice tea 1 carb
water
Daily Total 17 carbs
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9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

NOTES: Today was a good day… lots of energy again today.. I hope this stays!!! I get alot done that’s for sure.. of course maybe it has to also do with canning the cable TV!!! Planning my food intake the night before is really helpful for me.. I don’t have to stick to it.. their’s no food plan police out to get me..if I don’t go by whats on the plan.. but I am finding I am sticking to it…I like it cause sometimes I grab the first thing I see..when I’m hungry.. and it may not be good stuff…this way I have a plan…another VICTORY!

Water water water… I love water. But if I am being honest.. I do miss my diet coke.. I know, I know it isn’t good for me..but I do miss it.. I am drinking water, hot tea and some peach Iced tea , no sugar..mostly hot tea and water.. the peach tea is my treat! I should try and find a low carb protein drink.. I haven’t found a low carb one I like yet.. when I do I will let you know..

I am feeling so much better these days.. my blood pressure has stayed down.. and I am just feeling healthy! I am looking forward to a trip to DC in two weeks to see my son and daughter in law!! A little worried about the eating out thing.. but I am going to carry some approved snacks..and my water! I can always go for meat and salad..just don’t take me for pizza!!! EEEKS! It will be a fun time!

Daily Journal #6

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Daily Food Journal #6
Breakfast
Oatmeal 158 Calories 6 Protein
hot tea
water
Lunch
chicken noodle soup 150 Calories 7 Protein
hot tea water

Midafternoon
Protein Drink 130 Calories 11 Protein
water

chicken 2 oz 125 protein 15
broccoli 1 cup 31 calories 2.6 Protein
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water
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hot tea
Total counts 594 Calories 41.6 Protein

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9:00 1/2 mile
10:30 1/2 mile
12:00 1/2 mile 3 miles 364 caloried burned
2:00 1/2 mile
4:00 1/2 mile
7:00 1/2 mile

Notes: today was a fantastic day… I even walked for an hour a Wal mart and an hour at Sams Club! Lots of walking today! I have sorted some things out in my head …to do with movin it! And getting more active…which makes me happy happy!
I ate when I was scheduled to eat..no more and no less…this is a good thing!
Cheers
Beverly

My ever changing plan

Learning to life a healthy lifestyle can be a trying time. It’s not cut and dry at all.. It is a ever changing… learning as much as you can along the way.. and adapting to you. Plant based lifestyle is my goal.. however I learned quickly that it can be difficult to go from Bad eating habits of a lifetime to 100% change.

I am not beating myself over this.. I am living a healthy lifestyle..which is a 360 turn around for me.. I have given up all meat..and eggs..I still eat a tiny amount of cheese..and a tablespoon of oil for stir fry now and again. I don’t eat processed food in packages..But do eat canned beans and vegetables , if I do not have fresh or frozen. When I am at someone else’s home , I don’t balk at what they are serving.. I look around and figure out my best options. Sometimes I feel I am eating too much bread..so I am trying to monitor this . The last week I didn’t feel like I got enough fresh veggies.. so I have started to write down what I am eating.. and pushing for more and more veggies.. I do ok at night but during the day..can be difficult.

I think the take away from this is that you need to stop and think about what you are eating anytime you change your patterns.. When you do this, you need to monitor yourself and see if it’s working for you.. and if it’s not figure what adjustments you need to make. It’s really all about you.. and what works for your life.
Also as I try and educate myself on healthy eating, I find more ideals that I want to try..

We all need to drink more water..I think I get my fair share in.. daily, but have changed things up a little..by starting my day with TWO glasses of water to get me going! By noon I can ususally get in another two bottles..and another two before dinner…finishing with a big glass before bed…Water is so good for you..you just can’t drink enough! I don’t just figure I am getting enough in my diet.. I make sure I am!

As i said earlier..I need veggies..and fruit. I just started trying to get as many veggies and fruits as possible in my day…I still have my oatmeal for breakfast,but I top it with lots of fruit now.. today I added a whole peach, sliced…5 fresh strawberries and a handful of blueberries.. It was very filling! And I felt good getting all that fruit in .. I was so full I didn’t need a snack in the morning.. it carried me through to lunch.. lunch is usually on the run.. with foods I know I can have.. but today I took the time.. made a big ole Kale salad..with sunflower seeds, raisins…and carrots..again a great way to get in my veggies.. and very filling..

With a little planning I was able to really BOOST my veggie and fruit intake..mindful eating is a great thing..
Although I am not completely plant based.. I know I am on the road to there..and doing my best along the way.
Taking my time..and carefull planning will get me there.

Easy Peasy Oatmeal raisin cookie in a cup!

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I wanted “something” after dinner tonight.. but wasn’t sure what.. And for some reason.. I was out of fresh ..canned or frozen fruit!!!! That usually never happens…??? So what’s a girl to do??? I have seen the zillion cookies in a cup on pinterest…While they all look wonderful…they were filled with butter and white sugar!
So I revamped it a bit.. and this is what I came up with! And I got to uuse my Paris CUP!

1/2 Cup oats ( not instant)
2 bananas mashed
1 tab cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Tab Honey
4 tab raisins
3 Tab Oat flour ( or almond Flour)
1 tab vanilla
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mix it all together and put in a large coffee cup and microwave for 75-80 seconds… let sit in the cup for a couple minutes..to cool…and then dig in.. if you wanted you could put a scoop of banana ice cream on top!
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Orzo & Cherry Tomato Salad

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Ingredients
8 ounces orzo pasta
Black Olives sliced
1 pint red cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 green pepper sliced thin and chunked
1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp minced fresh oregano
Juice of a lemon
Black pepper to taste

1 Bring a large pot of well salted water to a rolling boil. Add the orzo, stirring it so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook, uncovered, at a high boil until al dente, cooked through but still a bit firm. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the pasta from cooking further.

2 Put pasta in a large bowl. At this point you can make ahead and chill until you are ready to serve . Toss with the rest of the ingredients, the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, green pepper,black olives, oregano, lemon juice, and black pepper.

Oats and banana pancakes

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Good morning…today I got up with PANCAKES on my mind..actually, if the truth be told.. I went to bed with pancakes on my mind… I even dreamed about pancakes last night..so the first thing this morning, I was in the kitchen developing a plant based/Vegan pancake recipe… it took a few trial and errors…in the land of pancake making.. but I finally got it!
I took two cups of Oats (not instant) and ground them into oat flour…it was easy. Peasy…measure two cups of oats and put in blender or food processor ( I used a magic bullet) and taaadaaa.. oat flour…a matter of seconds.
Make sure you ground it super fine.. I shook mine up a little..to make sure it was getting everything incorporated.pancakes54

These turned out to be light and airy pancakes..just like I wanted.. And they were soooo good.. I didn’t need any syrup! You could use maple syrup or honey..or aven a fresh berry compote for the topping…but I picked mine up and ate them.. they were that good!!

I suggest you use a griddle to make these.. they can be a little hard to flip in a pan. I changed in the middle of making mine , from pan to griddle…it was a lot easisier…

I hope you like them as much as I did… I think the banana in the batter gives it a little more “punch”! Give them a try!
Chow!
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Banana Oat pancakes

1 Cup Oats ( ground into flour)
½ container of Almond milk ( little size 8 oz..so it would be 4 oz.)
2 Teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 Tab honey
2 over ripe banana’s smashed with fork
Mix oat flour,baking soda, salt , cinnamon, mix with spoon..add vanilla and almond milk
Mix well and add honey and smashed bananas. if the mixture is a little dry, add a bit more almond mix..being careful not to add too much.
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Heat griddle and spray with non stick spray and drop ¼ cup of batter for each pancakes. Turning only once ( when top of pancake sis all bubbly, they are ready to turn).
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Makes 6 pancakes. These can be frozen and reheated later, for a quick breakfast
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Oatmeal banana breakfast Muffins

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I love oats! Yes..oats..love to have oatmeal for Breakfast , Lunch and dinner… and if I feel like I need something “hearty”… I eat oatmeal! It stays with me until the next meal! And I don’t have hunger pains…There are a million reasons why oatmeal is good for me..but here are 10!
1.Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.

2.The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.

3.You probably already have oats in your kitchen. It’s estimated that eighty percent of U.S. households currently have oats in their cupboards.

4.New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.

5.With the exception of certain flavored varieties, the oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredient… rolled oats.

6.According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.

7.Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.

8.The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.

9.Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stove top, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute… incredible!

10.Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious! Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is limited only by the imagination. Visit Mr Breakfast’s Oatmeal Collection to see just 60 of the ways you can start to enjoy oatmeal today!

Spread the word about the goodness of oatmeal!

Knowing that I love oatmeal and banana’s …you will understand why I just couldn’t wait to try my hands at a muffin recipe… I worked hard to keep the weight watchers points down! This recipe has only ONE Weight Watcher point in each muffin!!!
***spoil alert…please please don’t email me debating the fruit counts issue… I have talked with my leader and I am not counting the fruit as points..as I will count them in my daily allotment.. I am still losing while eating these and only counting them as one point.. Period.. If you want to add the banana points to yours..knock yourself out..I choose not to. End of discussion..

On to the recipe…
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:
2 Mashed Banana’s
1/4 Cup of Egg Beaters
1/2 Cup Chobani Plain Non Fat Yogurt
3/4 vanilla
1/4 Cup Sugar free pancake syrup
mash banana’s and stir in the other ingredients until mixed well.
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In a separate bowl , mix
1/2 C Instant oats
1 1/2 Cup oat flour ( see footnote)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Teaspoons baking powder
stir until mixed well..then slowly add to the wet mixture…
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Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick entered into the center comes out clean..
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These are so good! I love them! They freeze well…and you can heat them up in the microwave..
here are the counts for Weight Watcher points
egg beaters 2
banana’s 0
sugar-free pancake syrup 1
quick oatmeal 1/2 cup = 4
oatmeal flour 1 1/2 Cup = 4
Non fat greek yogurt =2
Total 11 points ….this made 12 muffins..so that makes them less than a point a piece. So I count them as 1 Weight Watcher point!
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FOOTNOTE: To make oatmeal flour…all you have to do is take regular oatmeal…not the quick kind…and put it in the blender and give it a whirl! Oatmeal flour!!!!!!!!!
Don’t you just love it!!!!!!!!!!
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