Overnight Oats | Dave’s Gourmet

When I’m home or the office I have all my supplies and can make healthy meals pretty quickly. But when you’re traveling? That can be rough. Especially if you’re like me and have food allergies and sensitivities that make eating out at restaurants for every meal a bit of a challenge. That means I’m always on the look out for a good travel-ready options. Good ingredients, minimal processing, and – Of course – Tasty! Enter Dave’s Gourmet Overnight Oats.

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{I love, love, loved the Blueberry Vanilla Almond oats, pictured here. I made them with coconut-almond milk and topped with frozen blueberries and a sprinkling of unsweetened coconut flakes}

These little containers pack a lot of nutrients and flavor. There are four flavors and the ingredient list is pretty similar for them all. And they’re all dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan!

Apple Nut

  • Organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, almonds, chia seeds, oat bran, apples, natural flavor, cinnamon & sea salt.
  • Macros: 5g Fat, 42g Carbs & 9g protein. 9 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

Cinnamon Raisin

  • Organic whole grain oats, raisins, organic cane sugar, chia seeds, oat bran, cinnamon, natural flavor & sea salt.
  • Macros: 3.5g Fat, 43g Carbs & 8g protein. 12 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

Blueberry Vanilla Almond

  • Organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, chia seeds, oat bran, blueberries, almonds, natural flavor & sea salt.
  • Macros: 5g Fat, 42g Carbs & 9g protein. 9 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

Mixed Berry

  • Organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, oat bran, chia seeds, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries & natural flavor.
  • Macros: 5g Fat, 42g Carbs & 9g protein. 9 grams of sugar & 0 transfats.

One thing that I always look for on packaged food is the amount, and kind, of sugar. You want to avoid super high sugar items and anything with transfats. These overnight oats do use organic cane sugar, but they’re all under 12 grams of sugar total, including the fruit. (Note: The recommended amount of sugar in a day for a woman is 25g and 38g for a man)

Are YOU a fan of overnight oats? Do you have a favorite travel-ready packable meal?

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4th of July Sales & Online Shopping

If you’ve been procrastinating on picking up some new Summer goodies then you’re in luck! Before you head out-of-town or get down to celebrating the 4th of July, be sure to check out these great sales. Nothing like a little online shopping to kick off a fun holiday weekend. 🙂

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What’s on YOUR 4th of July shopping list?

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Getting Fit | Kickstarting a Healthier Lifestyle

The truth is that we all sometimes need to hit “restart” on our goals. This time of year there are non-stop BBQs, weddings, vacations, and other fun, but sometimes unhealthy, social and familial events. Even the most diligent of gym rats and macro-following eaters can find themselves feeling less than their best after a few fun Summer events. But since it’s also the time of year that you want to feel great so that you can enjoy the sunshine and getting outside to the max, here are some easy-to-implement recommendations to kickstart a healthier lifestyle this season.

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Increase:

  • Drink more water {try pretty infused water}
  • Eat more whole foods, fruits & vegetables
  • Get more SLEEP

Decrease:

  • Eating out/ordering in
  • Consuming processed products
  • Keeping junk food around

Try:

How do YOU kickstart your healthier habits?

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Skin Care Junkie | My Favorite Cleansers

Over the last year I’ve turned into a bit of a cleanser junkie. I love my skin care routine, but I LOVE my cleansers. The feeling of fresh, clean, shining shine is just amazing. I look forward to my evening washing routine every day.

Hey – Don’t judge me.

Since there may be some more clean skin lovers out there, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite products right now:

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Every Day Clean Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser. This is one of my long time favorites, I keep trying new brands and products, but I always come back to Boscia. It’s a clean formula with no sulfates or parabens, gentle enough for daily use, and super effective.

Quick Clean – Sometimes in our busy world there isn’t time to pull out cotton pads or giant bottles of product. Sometimes there isn’t even a sink! My go-to for a quick clean is the Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes. They’re perfect for after the gym or on the plane or just to clean up your skin while running around during the sweaty Summer months.

Travel CleanEve Lom. This little balm is a lifesaver when you’re traveling. It’s not a liquid so TSA won’t try to steal it, you can apply it without water directly on to dry skin, and the container lasts for ever. Bonus? It’s ultra hydrating and feels wonderful on your dry, tired skin while you’re traveling.

Deep Clean – I’m pretty obsessed with the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser paired with my Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa System {you can read more about it here}. This baby is vegan, cruelty free, clean, and works oh so well.

Do YOU have favorite cleansers that I should try? Share!

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products?

Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty, Current Beauty Must Haves, Daily Beauty RoutineSelf Tan Luxe Face Oil and My Latest Sephora Order

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Wedding Guest Essentials

Being a wedding guest isn’t always a cake walk. Between transportation, housing, and attire, there are a number of boxes to check off before you even arrive at the event. And what’s worse than realizing that you forgot something? To help us all get through wedding season in one piece, here’s your wedding guest checklist.

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{My favorite luggage – Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon Expandable Travel Bag}

First things first…

  • Check the dress code
  • Then check the dress code again
  • Still not convinced you know what to wear? Reach out and ask another guest or the bride/groom. They’ll appreciate it in the long run, even if they’re busy.

Rehearsal dinner outfit – Be sure to take into account the weather, venue & dress code. Always better to be on the dressier side if you’re not sure.

Toiletries – I’ve got you covered with a full toiletries packing How To here.

Downtime outfit(s) – I have a terrible habit of packing for events and forgetting that I’ll be killing time in between. Check out where you’re staying and what you’d like to do and pack accordingly. I like to workout when I can and hit the hotel pool if there is one.

Wedding outfit – Same as the rehearsal dinner, take into account the temperature, time of day, dress code, and venue. You don’t want to wear spiked heels on grass, you don’t want excessive cleavage in a church etc. Check out my MCLV How To: Wedding Attire post for some dress code decoding. 🙂

Accessories – I always bring a wrap and a cropped jacket or cardigan for Spring/Summer weddings. If there’s a temperature shift at night or if you feel under dressed, that’s a great way to cover up a bit. I also like to pack a back-up pair of shoes just in case. Plus sun glasses for daytime events!

Invitation – I’m a huge fan of bringing the invitation with me. You’ll have the times, website information, location, and dress code all in one place. Never a bad thing!

Extras – Creating a little “emergency kit” is a great idea for wedding season. These are things that it’s always good to have, even if you don’t need them, someone else might.

What do YOU make sure to pack when you’re traveling for a wedding?

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