Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Basic Recipe: Egg White Overnight Oats

If you've read some of my previous recipes, or have seen my Instagram account (@adena86), you'll notice how much I LOVE overnight oats. What are they? Overnight oats are oats that are soaked in liquid overnight. They get the same texture as if they had been cooked on the stove top or microwave. Adding ingredients like yogurt and chia seeds make the oats more creamy and pudding like (plus they add some healthy fats and protein). This is a great breakfast especially for busy mornings when you're short on time. There are so many ways to flavor overnight oats so you can literally have a different breakfast every day of the week. I use extracts like coconut, vanilla, and almond as well as flavored stevias (toffee is my favorite!). You can add fruit, nuts, nut butters, coconut flakes- any toppings you like!

There are two ways to make overnight oats. My basic recipe is just letting the oats sit overnight in almond milk, yogurt, and chia seeds. The second is cooking them with water or milk, and egg whites. Both versions require refridgeration overnight, and they are both eaten cold in the morning (breakfast pudding!). Adding egg whites at the end of cooking the oats makes the oats fluffy and adds some extra protein (which helps to keep us fuller for longer). Once you've tried overnight oats, your breakfasts will never be the same!

I always order my extracts, nut butters, stevias, and other ingredients from Vitacost. It's an online health store with amazing prices and huge selection of fun, healthy ingredients. Here's a discount code to use off your first order!

Egg White Overnight Oats: Basic Recipe


1/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup water or milk
Extract (vanilla, coconut, almond etc., optional)
Stevia (or preferred sweetener)
1/4 cup egg whites
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)

Other Add In's:

Nut butter
Coconut Flakes
Chia Seeds (will require more liquid after you mix them in and leave overnight. Chia seeds absorb liquid and "plump" up)
Canned pumpkin
Cooked kabocha squash (my favorite!!)


1. Place oats in a bowel. Add milk or water, stevia, and extract of choice (optional).
2. Microwave until most of the liquid is absorbed (about 1 1/2-2 minutes- keep checking on it and stir half way through).
3. Stir in the egg whites (really stir so you don't get clumps). Cook another 25-30 seconds. Let cool and then place in the fridge and leave overnight.
4. In the morning, mix the yogurt with protein powder of choice (if using). Mix in to your oats or layer like a parfait. If using add-ins, stir the following ingredients in the oatmeal the night before: pumpkin, kabocha squash, chia seeds. The others add-ins can be added in the morning or the night before, whichever you prefer!

Rainbow Salad

If you think salads are boring, then you've been making them wrong! Salads are my go-to almost everyday and they always contain healthy fats, lean proteins, and loads of colorful vegetables. I always choose a base of dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, or arugula. My main source of carbohydrates comes from roasted sweet potato or roasted butternut squash. One of my favorite vegetables to add are brussel sprouts. Roasting them brings out their rich, nutty flavor. Mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, and bell peppers are some of my other favorite vegetables to roast or grill and add to salads. I always pick a lean protein such as chicken, fish, shrimp, tofu, or Beyond Meat Chicken Strips. My absoulte favorite dressing is so easy. Plus, it packs a ton of flavor with very little calories. There are so many ways to make salads delicious, filling and satisfying. Because let's face it, lettuce and grilled chicken is NOT going to cut it. The more colors you can add to your bowl the better!

Paprika shrimp, roasted sweet potato, tomatoes, blueberries, avocado, spinach, roasted brussel spouts and my Honey Mustard Dressing 

Meal Prep Basics: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I love roasting sweet potatoes. I throw them into salads, stir-fries, and omelets to add a healthy and delicious source of carbohydrates to my meals . Roasting vegetables really brings out their natural sweetness.

Here's how I do it:

First, I preheat the oven to 400 F.

Next, I peel the sweet potatoes and cut them in half vertically. I cut each half lengthwise, and then cut each of those halves lengthwise as well. Then, I cut them vertically into half moon shapes.

I line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with non-stick olive oil or coconut oil spray. I spread the sweet potato pieces out evenly and spray them with the same olive oil or coconut oil spray.

You can add any seasonings and spices that you like, but I like to keep them plain! You can make them sweet by adding cinnamon and then tossing them in sugar-free or regular maple syrup, or make them savory by adding spices like garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, etc.

Finally, I bake them in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until soft and just about golden brown.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hummus Baked Fish

Easiest recipe ever. If you like hummus, this is a must try!

Hummus Baked Fish


- 4 fish filets (I used Swai, but any white fish or even salmon would work here)
- Hummus (use your favorite!)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.

2. Line a baking sheet with foil (easier clean-up!). Coat with cooking spray.

3. Spoon hummus evenly over fish. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork (thicker cuts if fish will take longer). 


Low Carb Birthday Cake Pancakes

It's not really my birthday, but these seriously tasted just like a Funfetti birthday cake! Low carb, fluffy, healthy, delicious protein pancakes. Love when they come out perfect! I used Cellucor's Cor-fetti Cake Batter protein for this recipe. If you don't have it, substitute with vanilla flavored whey. The flour and psyllium husk are from Vitacost, my favorite online grocery store. They have so many fun ingredients that most grocery stores don't carry. Plus, they have amazing prices. Use this link for $10 off your first order:

Want more carbs to fuel or recover from your workout? Here's another recipe I made that's higher in carbs and tastes like cake too!

Note: If you are scared of the cauliflower- DON'T BE. It is seriously a magical ingredient. Read about why I use it here. 

Low Carb Birthday Cake Pancakes


1/3 cup riced cauliflower (just add raw cauliflower to your food processor and finely chop)
3/4 scoop Cellucor Cor-fetti Cake Batter protein powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 tablespoon psyllium husk
3 tablespoons egg whites
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet stevia
3 tablespoons almond milk, more as needed


1. Preheat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Microwave your riced cauliflower for 40 seconds.

2. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender (I use my Ninja). Blend until smooth. Gradually add more almond milk if needed, but make sure the batter is THICK. A little milk goes a long way.

3. Add batter by the spoonful to the your pan. Cook until the edges set. These will take longer than regular pancakes- be patient! Flip and cook on the other side (about 4 minutes?).

4. Layer with stevia sweetened Greek yogurt ("frosting") if desired. I also like to add nut butter right in the middle :)

Nutrition Facts (pancakes only): 186 Calories, 3 grams Fat, 18 grams Carbohydrates (13 grams Fiber), 24 grams protein

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pumpkin Mozzarella Turkey Burgers

This are great for a healthy, quick, delicious meal. I used pumpkin to make the turkey burgers more moist, and used oatmeal as a healthy replacement for breadcrumb. I love mixing my cheese in with the other ingredients. It ensures that each bite is full of cheesy goodness. If you are dairy-free, my favorite vegan cheese is Daiya Mozzarella. It melts really well and tastes delicious! These are great served alongside some sweet potato fries!

Pumpkin Mozzarella Turkey Burgers


1 lbs lean ground turkey breast (I used 99%, but 93% is fine too)
3 tablespoon egg whites (or one egg)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
1 teaspoon garlic powder


1. Place all ingredients in one large bowl. Mix together well.
2. Preheat grill (I use my George Foreman). Form into 6 equal size patties (or 4 if you want a larger burger).
3. Grill until no longer pink (mine took about 7-8 minutes).
4. Eat!