There’s nothing quite like a new year to kick your butt back into a healthy lifestyle.  Or try to anyway.

To my surprise I found two clean-eating life hacks- in one day:

  1. Steel Cut Oatmeal is WAY better than packaged.
  2. Adding Greek Yogurt to a broth based soup makes it creamy like the unhealthy version- without the fat and calories. 

I’ve seen all of those “refrigerator” oatmeal recipes on Pinterest.  They are loaded with all sorts of goodies.  I wanted to dial it back.

I used steel cut oats that I purchased from a bulk foods store.  (Metro Detroiters- Bulk Food Warehouse is in Dearborn; 23151 Michigan Ave).  I find that the bulk food store has a ton of clean eating basics- including my brown rice, couscous, whole-wheat pastry flour, rice flour, and just about everything else.  Most of the items are cheaper than you can find in local stores too.

My attempt at overnight oatmeal was a success- and easy too.

steel cut oats

Simple Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2-3 minutes

*1/3 cup steel cut oats

*1/2 cup plain unsweetened Almond Milk

*1/8th teaspoon vanilla extract

*light drizzle of honey

Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.  Place in fridge.  When you wake up in the morning pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.  AMAZING- Better than anything I’ve ever had from a package.  You can dress it up with fresh or dried fruit or nuts. Want more flavor?  Add some cinnamon and nutmeg.




Broccoli Cheese soup is amazing- but not healthy.  Most home-made soups use Velveeta cheese, which is anything but clean and is packed with sodium.

This is my lighter version.

Simple, Light, Broccoli Soup.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

*2 Crowns Broccoli- chopped small

*1 Shallot Chopped Small

*1 tablespoon butter or olive oil

*3 Cups Water

*2 Tablespoons Vegetarian Better Than Bouillon Chicken (Alright- not clean, but I cheat sometimes)

better than bullion

*1/2 cup cheddar cheese

*4 tablespoons nonfat Greek Yogurt

Heat a stock pot on the stove.  Add olive oil or butter followed by shallots and broccoli.  Once the vegetables soften and 1/4 cup water.  Steam vegetables in pan.  When broccoli is steamed through (dark green but before it gets mushy), put 3/4 of broccoli and shallots, along with remaining liquid in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Meanwhile- add the water and Better Than Bouillon to the pot and bring toa boil with remaining broccoli.  Return processed broccoli back to soup pot.  Simmer  and stir until well incorporated (10 minutes or so).

Divide into 4 equal portions.  Stir one tablespoon of nonfat Greek yogurt into each bowl.  Then top with cheese, divided between four bowls.  By mixing the cheese in last you get the flavor without the extra fat and calories.

Want more flavor?  Add some calorie free kicks add fresh ground pepper or garlic.

Want a thicker soup?  Steam cauliflower with your broccoli and process it.  The texture will be smoother than the broccoli and increase soup texture.