When the holidays finally arrive, it’s nice to take a deep breath and enjoy every part of the celebration.

As the owner of Now Yoga Club & Community Center in St. John, Sarah Johnson understands living in the moment and appreciating the here-and-now. She also learned at a young age that the right foods help fuel your body to help you achieve that goal.

That’s why one of her best holiday memories includes Banana Almond Butter Oatmeal Bake, a recipe made by her mom, Robin Dal Santo, and the wise words of her maternal grandmother, Grace Lorenzen.

“When I was a little girl and each year the day had arrived to finally decorate the house for Christmas, my mom and I would start the morning by making an oatmeal bake. I was sure this gave us all the energy we needed to turn the house into a winter wonderland. My Grandma Grace would say that oatmeal made for a great breakfast because it would ‘stick to your bones.’ When I was really young, I remember actually being very concerned about this concept. I wasn’t sure I wanted oatmeal stuck to my bones at all! Long after learning about figures of speech, I have continued to enjoy this tradition of hot oatmeal and decorating for the most wonderful time of year.

“Now that my little girl is 2 years old and already enjoying helping me in the kitchen. It makes me smile to know we will continue baking various oatmeal casseroles and breakfast cakes for years to come. I hope you enjoy this Banana Almond Butter Oatmeal Bake with your family too!”

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