Greedy Recipe! Instant Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

OMG. Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal. I licked the bowl clean… while at work. Didn’t care who saw me.

blueberry muffin oatmeal Greedy Recipe! Instant Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

After having salad with chicken breast for lunch, my stomachs demanded additional nourishment. So why not make a “muffin”?  You’ll be muffinated in less than 4 minutes when you try this. It’s sweet, yet low in sugar and screams of decadence.

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, or as much as desired
  • 1/2 cup oats — not the instant kind
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet or teaspoon of coconut sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients into microwave safe bowl, except for the sugar.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until your “muffin” thickens to desired consistency.
  • Sprinkle coconut sugar on top and let it melt in. Ahhhh!

I cooked my oatmeal a bit thick to garner more of a “muffin” texture. Also added lots of blueberries to totally bling it out with flavor.

Coconut Sugar Notes: I do recommend you use coconut sugar due to its low glycemic index rating. This sugar is derived from the sap of the coconut tree, not the coconut itself. It won’t taste like coconuts but, instead, offers a lovely sweetness that will keep your fitness on track as you enjoy gnawing on your “muffin”.

Coconut sugar is wonderfully sweet, yet with a rating of 35, has a lower GI Index than apples, carrots, and oranges. Refined white sugar has a GI Index of 99. Whoa!

What Does the Glycemic Index Mean?

“The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance. “~ via University of Sydney

Well how about THAT! Coconut sugar’s nutrient profile will also slap yo’ face off with impressiveness.

Hope your ready to enjoy your sweet blueberry “muffin”. This is a great meal for anytime of day, and especially works well in the evening when you’re feeling extra greedy snacky.

Now open up those hungry jaws wide and CHEW.

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This is how to handle your training… your goals… your life.

…conquer ‘dat shit.

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Do NOT let life roll over you like a bulldozer. You are the one in control. YOU decide the score.

Not convinced? Then keep watching that Spartan .gif until the beast in you crawls out of its cage. THIS is how you handle your training… your goals… your life. A timid and wavering approach will not get you what you want. You gotta conquer ‘da shit.

My buddy Jason on Google+ also said it well…

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99% of what happens in your life is the result of your mindset, thoughts and actions. Yes, sometimes very terrible things happen that are out of your control. But your mindset is what will allow you to heal, become stronger and overcome.

There is nothing you cannot conquer. Nothing you can’t master. You bettah believe it.

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Dr. Oz wanted to bring me on TV and lie to his viewers.

You’re gonna be shaking your head over this one. On the heels of Dr. Oz being called to testify before a US Senate subcommittee over false and deceptive advertising practices, I have something to tell you…

I was asked to lie on national TV to support the shilling of Dr. Oz’s lip balm product. This is the sequence of events on how it all when down, from beginning to end…

1. In August 2012 I wrote a post about Natural Cures & Home Remedies For Cold Sores And Fever Blisters (HSV1). Then, in November 2012, I followed it up with this video on the same topic (warning ~ beginning of video is loud, turn down your volume):

2. In August 2013, Dr. Oz’s producers discovered my video on Youtube and contacted me to be on their show. The whole thing was very rush-rush. I had to make a quick decision about agreeing to be on the show. It would require me to rearrange my schedule. There was some fuss when I asked them to pay my travel expenses, but after some back & forth, they finally agreed to it.

Here’s their initial contact email to me:

dr oz email Dr. Oz wanted to bring me on TV and lie to his viewers. click on image to enlarge

I was thrilled at the opportunity to discuss natural and effective ways to battle back and win against cold sores and fever blisters. Or so I thought. After all, that’s what my video is about, so wouldn’t that be what I was to discuss on TV?

3. And here’s the kicker: After their producers asked me repeatedly for a picture of myself with a cold sore, I repeatedly answered that I did not have one. I was getting irritated, because why ask me 50,000 times? If I had a pic I would’ve given it when they first requested it. Their solution to this problem was to find a picture of a person’s mouth with a nasty cold sore on their lip. When they flashed the picture on the TV screen, their plan was for me to lie on national TV and tell everyone that it was me in the pic.

Whaaat!?

After I lied to all the unsuspecting viewers, the plan, as it was all described to me over the telephone, was for Dr. Oz to then segue into a product-pimping session for his new lip balm.

So not only was their plan for me to be deceptive, the whole reason I was really there was to be used as a tool for Dr. Oz to sell stuff. I was disgusted over the whole matter.

I thought I was contacted by their producers to give a hopeful voice to the masses about home remedy alternatives that are truly effective. But nope. I whined about it on Facebook…

dr oz Dr. Oz wanted to bring me on TV and lie to his viewers. click on image to enlarge

Here’s the video of Dr. Oz being questioned by the Senate subcommittee. What do you think of his shady practices?

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Batshit Kittay. Plus, Some Workout Motivation

Meet Mimi, the newest addition to The Greedy Family. She’s three months old. Her nickname is Batshit Kittay, and for a darn good reason…

batshit Batshit Kittay. Plus, Some Workout Motivation

This is the craziest, most deranged feline I’ve ever come into contact with in my life.

The other day, while I was on the low end of my weighted squats, Batshit Kittay chose that exact moment to jump on my ass and hang there by her claws. So ya, just imagine the scene — me, with a heavy barbell on my shoulders in squat position, and kittay… hanging on my butt cheeks.

It’s a good thing I love her. Never mind that I have claw marks on my boo-tay.

And now in other news…

This vid is one of last summer’s outdoor workouts that I filmed. My body has transformed so remarkably since then. I’m proud of all the work I’ve accomplished since this video was shot. To keep grinding is the only way to accomplish your goals. Remember that!

Happy Friday, ya’ll. XO

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Health Alerts! Spanish Flu and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus

This is a double whammy, ya’ll. Spanish Flu-ishness and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus is out there. Somebody needs to bitch slapped.

spanish flu Health Alerts! Spanish Flu and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus

SPANISH FLU CRAZINESS

You know that extinct Spanish Flu virus pandemic that wiped out up to 5% of the world’s population back in 1918? Welp, scientists have now recreated that virus in a lab. I’m all for establishing National Hug a Scientist Day, but this particular group of viral-toting crazies needs to rethink what they’re doing.

It figures it’s the American scientists behind this insanity.

Their craptastic reasoning for putting all of humanity at risk, as reported by the The Independent, is “to show how easy it would be for the deadly flu strain to reemerge today.

Top 10 Facts About the 1918 Flu Pandemic

This is bad, bad news. The virus, if placed in the wrong hands (like our government), would surely be the end of the world as we know it. Sorry for playing the role of Scary Susie today, but when you consider that the original virus infected upwards of 500 million people, and killed between 50-100 million people (even reaching as far as remote Arctic locations), there’s plenty reason for us to be pissed off.

On a happy note, one interesting fact is this: During the original Spanish Flu outbreak, workers at a cinnamon factory did NOT become infected with the virus. If you plan to head out for an emergency cinnamon run to thwart this malicious malady, just forget about it. I already bought up all the cinnamons. Wiped ‘dem shelves bare. Perhaps you could try a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead?

CHIKUNGUNYA MOSQUITO VIRUS

((insert dreadful music of doom right here))

“A virus that causes pain so severe that patients lie groaning in bed for days has come to the Western Hemisphere,” reports NBC News. If you begin to experience symptoms such as fever, joint pain, joint swelling, muscle aches or a rash, this ain’t because you’re having your usual withdrawal symptoms from lack of desserts (or is that just me?).

It might be Chikungunyahhhh!

According to the CDC, mosquitoes carrying the virus prefer to bite in the daytime. There is no vaccine and no specified treatment. The CDC urges you to use normal measures to prevent against mosquito bites. With that said, products containing DEET are well known to be effective, yet DEET is a neurotoxin that affects the central nervous system.

If you’re hype on Avon’s Skin So Soft bug repellant, that stuff contains mineral oil, another toxin found in many beauty products.

A Better Alternative

doterra Health Alerts! Spanish Flu and the Chikungunya Mosquito VirusFor the past two years, the DEET-free, mineral oil-free alternative I’ve used for my family is doTERRA TerraShield. It’s a natural mosquito repellant made from a blend of essential oils. This product can go directly onto the skin, but since it’s concentrated, can also be diluted in a spray bottle of water. One minor drawback is the strong (yet not unpleasant) smell of essential oils that might shock your nostrils during application. But the smell fades quickly and my family has never complained. You’ll get hours of protection and won’t poison yourself with drug store mosquito products.

However you decide to protect yourself against mosquitoes this summer, be sure to step up your game and be extra vigilant with the repellant tactics. Kung Fu may also be required, especially if you don’t want to get a Chikungunya rash in weird places.

You’ve been warned! So don’t be calling me to help you fight off the Chikungunya. I caught a baby mosquito chillin’ on my leg during yesterday’s outdoor workout. I’ve got my own ‘squitoes to battle.

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