7 Healthy Recipes

Well, here we are – nearing the second week of January. New Year’s resolutions were enthusiastically made, and in my case lovingly typed up and stuck inside sheet protectors (am I revealing too much crazy here?). Sadly, most of us have probably slipped up once or twice already.

And now we are approaching Friday, when the movie theater beckons for our money, the buttery popcorn longs to cling for a moment on the lips but forever on the hips, and giving up starts to seem like the only option.

Don’t give up! I mean it! I have learned a lesson lately – obsession with perfection is the enemy of progress. “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step” – C.S. Lewis.

There are a lot of things I would like to work on this year. I would like to be the kind of person who remembers where she parks. I would like to start arriving places five minutes early instead of tumbling in five minutes late. I would REALLY like to beat my sister’s high score on Bejeweled Blitz…

In addition to these goals, I’m also trying to eat some healthier meals. The picture above is from last summer when I made Rocco DiSpirito’s Blueberry Graham Cheesecake Oatmeal. You may know Rocco from Rocco’s Dinner Party on Bravo. This recipe is from his book Now Eat This! Diet. It’s actually a great book with some creative/healthy recipes, whether or not you do the actual diet. It’s also unique in that there are just as many pictures of Rocco looking dashing as there are food photos!

This is an excellent healthy recipe, and I hope you try it. However, it is a little on the complicated side as far as oatmeal goes. This past week I really tried to focus on healthy recipes that are quick and compatible with life on the go.

The following photos were taken with my iPhone using Instagram. Links to the recipes are just above the photos, and the recipe for Blueberry Graham Cheesecake Oatmeal is at the end. Good luck!

Joy the Baker’s Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oat Milkshake. So creamy good! I left out the honey/flax seeds and used a little protein powder.

Simplified oatmeal: Quick-cooking oatmeal, blueberries and almond milk.

Sesame-Tofu Stir-Fry.  A tasty, light dinner.

Quinoa with Garlic, Pine Nuts and Raisins. I will say I’ve had quinoa recipes that I liked better than this one, but it was decent and really healthy of course. I also didn’t follow the recipe exactly so I’m not sure if I did it justice.

Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Smoothie and Green Cilantro’s Breakfast Toast (on a whole wheat english muffin). This avocado/egg salad combo is genius!! My new favorite thing!

In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I discovered a couple of these links and got my initial motivation based off of this blog post by Lauren Conrad.

Happy healthy eating!!

Blueberry Graham Cheesecake Oatmeal

Recipe very slightly adapted from Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This! Diet

Serves 4


2 1/2 cups skim milk
Pinch of salt
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, such as 0% Fage Total
2 squares (or 1 rectangle) graham crackers, crushed

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add skim milk and salt. Bring to a boil. Add in the oatmeal, vanilla, agave nectar, lemon zest, blueberries and cream cheese. Stir and cook until the oatmeal is properly thick (about 1 minute).

Remove oatmeal from the heat and stir in the yogurt (or you can add dollops on top after dishing up the oatmeal).

Dish oatmeal into bowls and crush graham crackers over the top.

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  • http://gravatar.com/missallaneous missallaneous

    These look awesome! (And you know how I feel about Rocco..)

    • http://blueberriesandcream.com Jessie


  • Anonymous

    You will never beat my score.

    • http://blueberriesandcream.com Jessie

      I have been practicing…just you wait. Although it may be a long wait hehe

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  • ChristineB

    The oatmeal recipe looks delicious! I am wondering if you use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, and how do you feel about just using more Greek yogurt and skipping the cream cheese? Could you also use honey instead of agave nectar?

    • http://www.jessienextdoor.com/ Jessie

      I’m sure either plain or vanilla would work well, and the other modifications sound good too! I think the cream cheese was included to give it the “cheesecake” flavor but it would still taste great without.

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