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Yummy Oatmeal and Swerve Sweetener

I’m excited to share my new find, Swerve Sweetener!

I love oatmeal and would eat it every single day, if I had the time in the mornings to make it, but sadly I do not. Instead I usually have my Egg McSeamus, which is delicious but not oatmeal. When the weekends roll around I tend to have more time to make regular rolled oats (not quick oats) on the stove top.

One of my favorite things about oatmeal is that you can add anything you want to it. I typically stick with sweet items; fruit, peanut butter, sunflower butter, etc, but I have seen recipes out there for savory versions. It’s so versatile, which means that you’ll never get bored with it, and I get bored pretty easily when it comes to food.

One of my absolute favorite ways to make my weekend oatmeal is with Trader Joe’s rolled oats, a banana, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, a couple tablespoons of sunflower butter, and (up until now) I used Splenda. However I have recently been introduced to Swerve Sweetener, I now only use it.

What is Swerve Sweetener?
(from their website)

Swerve is a great tasting, natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup just like sugar!  Made from a unique combination of ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables, Swerve contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors.  Swerve has zero calories, is non-glycemic, has no bitter aftertaste and will not cause digestive intolerance.

As I mentioned above, I had been using Splenda in my oatmeal for just a touch of added sweetness, but had recently received a free sample of Swerve Sweetener to try out, and I fell instantly in love.

swerve-sweetener-4I was lucky enough to receive an adorable package from Swerve Sweetener, full of all sorts of goodies. They sent a couple canisters of Swerve, a pouch of confectioners sugar (great for frosting) and a sweet little tin lunchbox full of measuring spoons, measuring cups, packets of Swerve, cupcake wrappers, a spatula and all sorts of other fun things.


Do I recommend trying Swerve Sweetener? The answer is a resounding YES! I love it! I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet done any baking with it but I love it in my coffee or in my oatmeal. I never have any weird aftertastes and honestly can’t tell the difference between Swerve and sugar. Give it a try, they have some fantastic deals on their site and there may even be some local stores that are carrying it (they have a location finder on their site).

Now for That Yummy Oatmeal


1/2 c Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats

1 c water

1/8 tsp salt

1 Whole banana

2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Sunflower butter

1 small handful of sunflower seeds

2 teaspoons of Swerve Sweetener


Add the 1/8 tsp of salt to the water and allow to boil. Once boiling add the rolled oats, cook until the water disappears (usually around 10 to 15 minutes). After all of the water has been absorbed, spoon oatmeal into a big bowl, stir in your Swerve. Finally sprinkle with some sunflower seeds, and top with some banana and sunflower butter.



Your turn!

Have you tried Swerve Sweetener yet? If so, what are your thoughts?

What’s your favorite way to make oatmeal?

Munchkin Meals #1

Since I’m not the only one who eats in my house, I thought I’d start a new series, titled Munchkin Meals. I got this idea from another of my favorite blogs, A Health Slice of Life, she blogs about all the different Munchkin Meals she serves her daughter, check it out.

Emmett loves eating and on most days will eat anything we give him, it might take him awhile to get to everything, but he’ll try it at least once. I truly believe that we did so much good by having him follow the Baby Led Weaning approach.

For breakfast, Emmett had some toast with sunflower, blueberries and half of a banana. munchkin-meals-blueberries munchkin-meals-sunflower-butter

He has had a banana for almost every breakfast since he’s started eating solid food and he just doesn’t get sick of it. He takes after me, I love, bananas and eat one almost every morning too.

Munchkin-Meals-Yogurt Munchkin-Meals-sandwich Munchkin-Meals-plumsLunch consisted of, a sunflower butter and jelly sandwich, plums, blueberries and yogurt. I kind of overdid it with this Munchkin Meal, I made way too much. Sometimes I get carried away, trying to be creative and including every possible healthy food item, that I make too much. The beauty is that Emmett just stops eating when he’s full, so even if I make too much he never stuffs himself. I love this since it’s something I struggle with often.

And I have to rave about the jelly on the sandwich, my mother-in-law makes it by hand and it is just so so delicious! This particular one is Strawberry, but we’ve had mixed berry and apricot too and all were equally yummy, plus Emmett loves it.

munchkin-meals-smiley-boy munchkin-meals-baby-smilesIt looks like someone really enjoyed his lunch, huh?!

For dinner my little munchkin had, salmon, Israeli couscous, blueberries and some garlic naan.

munckin-meals-naan-and-babyHe loved it all! I’m telling you he’s a really fantastic eater.

Now your turn…

What fun meals have you been feeding your Munchkin?

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