Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Complete Breakfast Solution

Shown without wild blueberries
Part of finding your way to a healthier you starts with breakfast.

Why is breakfast important?  It kick-starts your metabolism for the day and helps give your body the energy it needs to think faster and more clearly while preventing overeating later in the day by keeping you satisfied.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a healthy breakfast.  It sets the tone for your entire day.

Here is a complete breakfast solution to get you started.  I call it "Loaded Oatmeal" - this 4 ingredient breakfast fix boasts a complete meal (protein, whole grains and fruit).  It is not only a nutrition powerhouse, but tastes so good you might mistake it for dessert!  At 7:30am - it is my favorite way to start the day.

Loaded Oatmeal 

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup milk or milk alternative (such as unsweetened almond milk)
  2. ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  3. 1 tbsp natural unsalted peanut butter (or any nut butter – almond, cashew)
  4. ½ cup frozen wild blueberries 
  5. Fresh berries for garnish
Add Stevia sweetener and cinnamon to taste.
Serving suggestion: garnish with fresh berries
Bonus points is you sprinkle on some ground flax seed and/or chopped walnuts for some added Omega-3 benefits!  Flax seed also provides you with lignans - a cancer-fighter.

Preparation

  1. Bring milk to boil
  2. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat.  Cook gently for 3-5 minutes, until mixture becomes uniform and thick
  3. Ladle into bowl and sprinkle with berries (and bonus ingredients if desired).  Serve immediately.  
Shown with wild blueberries
Health Benefits
  • Adding berries to your breakfast is a great way to make things more exciting.  Plus, berries are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.  Antioxidants are powerful disease fighters that protect cells from free radicals that may cause diseases like cancer.
  • Fiber: This dish is loaded with fiber which is great for healthy digestion, a healthy heart and of course helps keep you fuller, longer.  Fiber is great for weight management.
  • This dish really has it all: fiber, healthy protein, whole grain oats and delicious fruit - all in one bowl!
This deliciously healthy dish certainly gives me something to get out of bed for in the morning.  And, it is hearty enough to hold me over until my mid-morning snack.


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