With so many breakfast options these days, we tend forget about the satisfying simplicity of oatmeal. In case you’re wondering, I’m not talking about quick oats, but the old fashioned kind, with vital nutrients that kick start your day, and sustain you until lunch. Also, if you’re looking to cut the fat out of you’re diet, this satisfying vegan recipe (dairy free) is a winner.
Life is moving so fast these days that meal time, once a sacred part of the day, has now become a rush. I say let’s put an end to the time tyranny and give ourselves a few minutes for good old nutrition….and digestion. Take the time to smell the roses, and enjoy a healthy breakfast with fresh and delicious ingredients.
In the next few weeks, I’m going to back to the basics, debunking the myth that you have to spend hundreds of dollars on health food gadgetry to glow from within. The foundation of a healthy diet should be organic fruits and vegetables, followed by organic bread, rice, pasta, and milk (our family uses organic soy, almond, and cow’s milk). If you’re worried about the expense of organic products, compare it to the price of ready made food and eating out, which is much more expensive than pesticide and preservative free products. A word to the wise: steer clear of the snack aisles (cookies, crackers, vitamin water, etc). If you’re on a budget, and who isn’t these days, focus on the necessities: fruit, vegetables, whole grain products, and avoid ready made smoothies and prepackaged juice (no nutritional value whatsoever), sexy water bottles, and hip chips.
Bombastic oatmeal, eh? Here’s a vegan breakfast idea that will make your taste buds tingle. Full of complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A, B1, B2, B12, C, and E, your breakfast is now a nutritious magic carpet ride, transporting you to lunch without the bridge of an energy bar or yogurt. That’s what I call a meal deal.
1 cup cooked old fashioned oats
1/2 an apple, chopped
handful of fresh blueberries (or any fresh fruit in season)
tablespoon of shredded coco nut (saving a pinch for garnish)
handful of fresh pomegranate seeds
1/2 teaspoon maca powder (optional and in the “raw food” section of health food stores)
almond, oat, hemp, soy, or cow’s milk
handful of goji berries, chopped almonds, cashews, or sunflower seeds
1 Cook the oatmeal as per the directions on the packet. Stir in shredded cinnamon, coconut, and maca powder.
2. Add the oatmeal to a bowl, arrange the fruit on top, plus any breakfast bling, and garnish with extra shredded coconut.
3. Drizzle with agave nectar, milk of choice, and serve.
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