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Overnight Cranberry Oats and Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway!

November 24, 2013


I am so thrilled to have been contacted by Swanson Health Products to be included in their 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway!  AND I am so thrilled for one of YOU lucky reader-friends to enter for a chance to win $100 to Swanson !

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may recall that I entered their recipe contest in 2011 and won for my Medjool Date and Walnut Bread !   Since that time I continue to love the quality of their products, the savings on so many of my favorite brands and the ease of ordering online and prompt shipping.

Check out my recent order!  In one quick, online  shopping trip, I’ve restocked my pantry just in time for all my holiday baking!  I’m very excited to try out the Vietnamese Cinnamon as it’s known to be the strongest, sweetest and richest cinnamons!   Sucanet , hiding in the back, will be my brown sugar replacement for my holiday cookies this year, plus Organic Coconut Sugar , Unsweetened Coconut and Coconut Oil.  Almond FlourAlmonds and those Cacao Nibs will find their way into a new biscotti recipe very soon!  Acai Powder to add to my smoothies and  Honey Lemon Creme for my tea.  Plus so much more!

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And these basic ingredients, wheat germflaxseed meal from Bob’s Red Mill and Chia Seeds are my staple ingredients in my overnight oats!

Swanson Bobs

The rules are simple.  Enter to win below at the ‘giveaway widget’ TODAY on my site.  Then each day you can visit one of our blogger friends’ websites that are listed at the official Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway  site to continue your chances of winning!

So what do I do with those staple ingredients for my overnight oats?

Overnight Oats CranberryOvernight Oats are not a new thing but I realized when I received my recent shipment that I had never posted how I prepare my oats!  While I am a morning person, during the week I do not want to have to deal with preparing anything from scratch!!  I have my espresso ready to go and very often I will prepare overnight oats; which actually last me several days.  Basically the recipe is placing an equal amount of oatmeal and milk, or your liquid of choice, in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.  The next morning, your “oatmeal” is ready!  I never warm mine up, but others do by adding a bit more liquid in and heating.

Overnight Oats

I like to add in extras with my oats.  In my glass jar,  to 1 cup of oatmeal, I add in 4 tablespoons each of Chia Seeds, flaxseed meal, wheat germ and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Depending on the season, dried cranberries and cinnamon were added as well.   Because of the chia seeds, flaxseed meal and wheat germ, I add in another 1/2 cup of liquid (I use non fat milk) to the normal 1 cup milk per 1 cup of oatmeal.  In the morning,  I serve up a portion and will top my overnight oats again with whatever thrills me…this time it was cranberry sauce (a healthy version), yogurt, granola and a drizzle of maple syrup!!  It’s like having dessert for breakfast!!


26 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2013 2:37 am

    I love all the things you purchased on your shopping spree. I also love cocoa nips. I can’t wait to see all of your delicious holiday recipes with your new purchases.

  2. November 25, 2013 8:30 am

    What a whopper of an order and what a winner with your overnight oats!

    • November 25, 2013 10:03 am

      Thanks Maureen. I love getting a “whopping” order of inspiration for good meals to come!!

  3. November 25, 2013 9:06 am

    Lots of great foods. The health food store must love you. I really like your oat mixture.

  4. November 25, 2013 10:19 am

    Love the overnight oats, so easy and ready to go when time is tight. What a grand assortment you ordered, your pantry looks remarkably similar to my own. If you haven’t used it before, I think you’ll like the coconut palm sugar quite a lot — I gave up using sucanat once I discovered it. You have all the makings for a delicious holiday season!

    • November 25, 2013 10:27 am

      Thanks Judy. I’ve not used the coconut palm sugar before so I’m glad you mentioned that! I hope you entered as I know you will love all their products!!

  5. November 25, 2013 10:35 am

    The overnight oats look great…and just my style as I am truly not a morning person! What an order you have there…a tall order and a fun challenge to use all those cool products. Happy Thanksgiving, Linda!

    • November 25, 2013 11:00 am

      Hi Betsy, I think all of us foodies love to have a ton of ingredients to create a lot of inspiration in the kitchen!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  6. November 25, 2013 11:37 am

    I would love some of those specialty flours. How fun!

  7. November 25, 2013 6:30 pm

    Looks great! i always pre-soak my oats for digestibility..this is a nice combo!

  8. katie permalink
    November 25, 2013 7:36 pm

    Love the overnight oats and the order looks great!

  9. dana whitworth permalink
    November 25, 2013 7:46 pm

    What great healthy products

  10. Melanie Rees permalink
    November 25, 2013 7:52 pm

    Love the idea of over night oats.

  11. November 25, 2013 10:23 pm

    I love to order by mail. It always makes me feel like I’m receiving a present when it arrives. And your order would be a great present. Thanks for visiting my blog. Feel free to stop by anytime!

  12. Maryann Peterson permalink
    November 25, 2013 10:28 pm

    Such yummy ideas. Can’t wait to try some!

  13. November 26, 2013 1:13 am

    This looks like a yummy prize!

  14. November 26, 2013 2:45 am

    The way you do your oats is not only yummy but a really healthy start to the day. I love your order! You have so many incredible and wonderful items in your delivery. It’s a great competition but I’m sure it must be open to USA residents only xx

  15. November 26, 2013 9:43 am

    Hi there… this is Ben H. from the Swanson Health Blog. We have our Day 1 winner! Congrats to Judy L., our first $100 winner in our #Swanson30DayGiveaway. Thanks to everyone who participated on day 1!

  16. November 26, 2013 4:34 pm

    I love overnight oats! I just never remember to make them the night before…quite a problem :) Wow, that’s quite a haul you bought there. Good stuff!

  17. November 27, 2013 3:23 am

    Oh my goodness those are all ingredients I use and love!! That Vietnamese cinnamon has me dying!! You know how much I’ve mentioned my passionate love for cinnamon! Lol! The overnight oats sound wonderful too. :)

  18. November 29, 2013 2:52 pm

    Love this overnight oatmeal idea Linda. Such a luscious treat for breakfast and healthy too! :) Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous…knowing you it was.

  19. December 3, 2013 2:59 am

    I’m jealous! You have a HUGE bag of Vietnamese cinnamon. You’ll love it girl. I can’t live without mine. Only mine is a tiny little jar.

  20. December 4, 2013 3:22 pm

    This is a great make ahead breakfast that I’ve never heard of! Sorry I didn’t see this post sooner to enter your contest, but congrats to the lucky winner! I’ll have to check out your sponsers website, I see a lot of items I buy and a lot I haven’t tried yet :)

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