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CIAJ (Allergy Friendly “Oats” in a Jar)

Thanks to everyone who read my WIAW post. If you missed it, you can read it here. I just love WIAW parties because they give me so many great ideas for new foods and recipes to try! Now I have a recipe to share with you all that you may recognize from my last WIAW breakfast. It’s very simple, but totally delicious and nutritious.

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Before I found out about all of my allergies, I had just discovered Oats in a Jar or… OIAJ as many call it. The basic premise is that it uses up old nut butter jars. For example,take my old Smucker’s peanut butter jars. When I was almost out I made up a batch overnight oats (oatmeal, milk, chia seeds, bananas and sometimes Greek yogurt). The next morning dumped the oatmeal into the peanut butter jar, topped it with frozen raspberries, cinnamon, etc. Portable bliss.

Now however, we can turn that bliss into Portable bliss bloat. Peanut butter, Greek yogurt, oatmeal? I don’t think so!

Now, I was doing fine without until the second week of my elimination diet when I began to once again crave its blissful, creamy texture. And of course, the obvious convenience factor played a large role too.

So with my almond butter in tow I set out to create a stomach-friendly version. And I succeeded; I would even argue that it’s better than the original. (Does anyone else think that cold oats have a weird texture?…) My version is also quicker, and requires no overnight preparation other than sticking a banana in the freezer!

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CIAJ (Cereal in a Jar)

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana (100g)
2 1/2 Tbsp brown rice protein powder (16g)
1/3 c. fruit (fresh or frozen berries work best)
1/2 c. Puffed rice cereal in (gluten free)
1 Tbsp almond butter

Directions:
Blend the frozen banana in a food processor until smooth. Add almond milk if necessary. Then blend in the protein powder. You can use any flavor or type you desire. Currently I use brown rice protein powder (vanilla and unsweetened). Then layer it up with the cereal, fruit and almond butter.

Because of the liquidy banana, I always put a layer of berries between it and the cereal, because puff cereal tends to get soggy.

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Also, more frequently than not I have a full almond butter jar… So I either spread a tablespoon on the bottom to replicate an empty jar. Or I just plop a spoonful on top (<<<< Much easier!)

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There you have it folks. CIAJ- portable bliss without the bloat!

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What is something that you miss eating from before your allergy days, or maybe just from before you became healthy?

What kind of fruit would you put in this? I will use whatever is in season, except for apples. I don’t like apples for breakfast… And apples and bananas? NOT a match made in heaven.

Let me know in the comments if you try this, and any adjustments that work for you. Variety is not just the “spice of life,” it’s BALANCE.

Edit: Today I may be getting my next round of allergy tests back. *cross your fingers, toes and noses*

WIAW- What I Ate BEFORE my Allergies

Today is one of many firsts. My first July 2012 post, my first post on this blog EVER, my first post on my second blog, and…. Most importantly today is my first WIAW on Eating 4 Balance!

Previously I blogged over at Peanut-Butter-Lover, but then I found out about all of my food allergies. I completely reworked the food I eat. Hence: NEW food, NEW blog!

Do you want to know another reason why my previous blog was no longer fitting? It turns out that I am allergic to wheat, milk, eggs, pork and…. *gulp* peanuts. And for those of you who are not so good at math in the mornings, no peanuts = NO PEANUT BUTTER.

Do you want to cry? It’s okay… Really, I’ve cried plenty for the both of us.

Anways, today I thought it would be neat to show what I ate BEFORE my allergies and what I eat now AFTER my allergies.

Special thanks to Peas and Crayons for making my first post super special!

This theme is more than perfect for the month of July! I have really been trying to get my exercise in. It may not be totally conventional, but it maytotally counts!

Recently my July Fitness has included swimming, Just Dance and mini toning workouts… from the pages of seventeen magazine. (Don’t laugh! My favorite is the arm workout- Feel the burn!)

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Breakfast BEFORE my allergies:

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Breakfast AFTER my allergies:

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Lunch BEFORE my allergies:

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Lunch AFTER my allergies:

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Dinner BEFORE my allergies:

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Dinner AFTER my allergies:

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Snack BEFORE my allergies:

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Snack AFTER my allergies:

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Note: You’ll learn to hate love my obsession with all things banana and food processors. I firmly believe that a single banana can constitute a meal (ever heard of the banana babies experiment?) and also that a food processor can make ANY meal spectacular. Banana babies+ food processor = magic! (Got to love auto-correct! I think more than one child abuse group would be after me for that one!) Bananas + food processor = MAGIC

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What did you eat BEFORE your allergies (or before you became healthy) that you miss? For me, peanuts and eggs are the main thing. I topped everything with peanut butter (my old blog was called Peanut-Butter-Lover after all)… and eggs just make baking so much easier.

Do your meals seem simpler to you now? Looking above, my meals used to be a lot more complex and… interesting. I think I just need to give it time and let my stomach heal. Then I can get funky in the kitchen again!