Maple Blueberry Oatmeal

March 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I didn’t always love oatmeal. In fact, I didn’t even like it until a fee years ago. I was working 12+ hour days and had little time for anything, let alone breakfast. But as a big breakfast eater, I needed something. So I started eating those awful oatmeal packs. I say awful because they are super processed with milk and sugar. But they did help me learn to like my morning oats so I guess I can’t fault them too much.

When I started feeding my daughter I read you may have to offer a food 20x before they like it!

I’ve found this to be true. Just because she doesn’t like something doesn’t mean I don’t offer it. And this is how I felt about oatmeal. I despised my little oatmeal packages, until surprisingly I didn’t! More and more I needed and wanted my morning oats.

Nowadays I prefer steel cut oats. Oh man, if you don’t like oatmeal try steel cut. They are nutty and hearty. Here’s how I make mine:

Simmer steel cut oats with 3 parts water, 1 part almond milk and a little vanilla for about 30 min, or until done.

Recently I’ve been drizzling a little maple syrup on top which is so yummy!

People always turn to honey or sugar but real maple syrup lends a subtle deeply sweet flavor.

Top with fruit, nuts, cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a wonderful, nutritious breakfast!

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Morning Rituals

March 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

I am not, not have I ever been, a morning person. But there’s a comfort in establishing a ritual that helps to get you going. My precious morning ritual (ok, and sometimes still is on stressful days) was to down a huge coffee and grab a bagel or some other carb. While it did give me a burst of energy, it left me dragging after just an hour or two.

These days, thanks to the advice and guidance of my health guru, my mornings go something like this:

1. Drink large glass of water
2. Take “good belly” probiotic shot
3. Drink homemade maca milk (chocolate walnut milk with maca)
4. Drink large smoothie (mostly herbs and berries)
5. Eat breakfast (usually avocado toast or oatmeal)

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When she went through this list with me I thought she was crazy – for one how was I going to fit all this in between nursing, getting the baby ready for school, and getting to work on time? But once I got the hang of it, it really wasn’t so bad.

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I make the milk on Sunday nights so it’s in the fridge ready to go for the week. I do my best to prep my smoothie bags a few days in advance so I can just throw it all in and blend. All this does require a little more time in the morning but I notice such a difference when I start my day already full of vitamins and nutrients.

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Cheers to starting the day off right!

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