Cranberry Chia Seed Oatmeal

cranberry chia seed oatmealI am not a big fan of oatmeal. I have always found it fairly bland.  One time, at a restaurant, I wasn’t feeling good so I ordered oatmeal. They brought me the creamiest, tastiest oatmeal I had ever had. Turns out, it was cooked in milk – what a big difference!!

Recently I added oatmeal back into my morning routine.  I only have it about once a week, on the weekends, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.  I always cook it with dried cranberries (the boiling milk rehydrates the cranberries while it cooks the oatmeal).  Last week I decided to shake things up a bit and toss in some chia seeds as well.

Are you familiar with my friend the chia seed?  They’re not just for chia pets anymore 😉  Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain eight grams of fiber, six grams of protein and almost five grams of omega-3 fatty acids.  That’s a lot of punch for such a tiny seed!!  Hydrated seeds are nearly flavorless, taking on the flavor of whatever they are soaked in, so you don’t have to worry about any kind of weird aftertaste.

Cranberry Chia Seed Oatmeal


1/2 cup old fashioned oats (NOT instant)

1 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 tsp. honey


Bring milk and water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Once milk is boiling, stir in oatmeal, chia seeds and cranberries.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes over medium heat.

Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tsp. honey.


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Military Spouse Wellness Summit – Invest in Yourself #MSWS15

Military Spouse Wellness SummitWhen Art was recalled to active duty, both in 2001 and again in 2004, there were large chunks of time when I felt like a single mom.  We had two young children.  The Air Force base where Art was stationed was only about 40 minutes away, but he went on a lot of deployments. Honestly, even when he was home he was so tired that he really couldn’t be much help.

I think it was during that time that I sort of lost myself.  My whole life was wrapped up in taking care of the house, kids and pets (not to mention church).  I never took time for me.  My physical, mental and spiritual well-being all suffered.  I wish the Military Spouse Wellness Summit had been around back then.

Are you a military spouse who needs some support in finding your own well-being?

InDependent, The Army Wife Network, and The USAA Educational Foundation bring you the first-ever Military Spouse Wellness Summit: Invest in Yourself 2015!!!

These amazing companies have put together a group of ten health, nutrition, fitness, and financial experts who are all eager to help you thrive as a military spouse. EVERY REGISTERED participant receives a 1-year membership to Thrive Market (Retail Value $49) and a chance to win tons of PRIZES by MetLife Dental, MSB New Media, SpouseBox, Elva Publishing, QALO rings, Lucy Activewear, and many more.

The Summit begins Monday, October 19 and ends Friday, October 23 with a bonus day Saturday when we announce our big-prize winner!

Listen online! Join us while on a walk enjoying the fall weather or tearing it up on the treadmill at the gym. The recordings will available during the week of the event (Oct. 19-24).

Registration is now open!! Won’t you join me?

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