Power Oatmeal


Power Oatmeal

For years I never ate oatmeal for breakfast because I was one of those people who would be absolutely starving an hour after breakfast. Oatmeal just did not sustain me...until now. The addition of particularly the chia seeds sustains me all morning...not to mention adding a boatload of omega 3's, calcium , and protein. No need to add sweeteners here, the cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruit, and fresh fruit do the work. The fiber, vitamins , and minerals in this breakfast make it truly a "power" breakfast!

Prep time: 35 minutes (5 minutes if oatmeal is cooked ahead)

Ingredients:

1 cup steel cut rolled oats, cooked

1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon*

1/8 tsp nutmeg*

1 tbsp raisins**

1 tbsp goji berries**

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp flaxseed, freshly ground***

1 tbsp seeds and/or chopped nuts of choice (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts)

Fresh fruit: bananas, berries, apple

Instructions:

  1. Cook oatmeal according to package instructions. To make things simpler on busy mornings, oatmeal can be cooked ahead, stored in the refrigerator for about 3 days and reheated at breakfast.

  2. Add cinnamon (amount to taste), nutmeg, raisins, goji berries, and chia seeds immediately after cooking, stir, and allow to sit for 5 minutes (or add just prior to reheating).

  3. Add flaxseed, seeds, and nuts and stir.

  4. Garnish with fresh fruit of choice

* When choosing spices, select organic, which also ensures the spices are non-irradiated

** When choosing dried fruit, choose organic, which also ensures they are unsulfured

*** Freshly ground flaxseed: Grind flaxseed in a blender or coffee grinder. A small amount of flaxseeds (about what you would use for a week) can be ground ahead of time and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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