Health and fitness are one of the highest areas of concern as people face their New Year’s resolutions, commitments, issues, or interests. By whatever name you use, let’s face it, sticking to it past the first week or month can be a challenge. Having go-to solutions that work and are delicious is a huge help in being successful when we’re adding or changing habits. So in support of your health, here’s a delicious, hearty, healthy breakfast.
Here’s one of my favorite wintertime recipes ~ no instant mush here; we only go for the real thing! When I opened the pantry, I saw orange flavored dried cranberries I’d picked up last week and a jar of Blue Agave sweetener a girlfriend turned me onto and was inspired. If you’re like me and not a fan of raisins, you’re in for a treat.
Since we eat first with our eyes, presentation is key, especially when feeding kids. This breakfast delights the senses, is delicious, and will keep you going all morning!
For more ease on school mornings, set ingredients out the night before, measured and ready to go. Cooking and assembly is a snap and the kids are out the door with a warm belly and a delicious nutritious treat to fuel their morning.
Amazing Oatmeal -1 serving
1 cup water
½ cup Old Fashioned Whole Oats
2-3 tsp finely ground flax seed
4-6 walnut halves, chopped or broken
1 tbls dried cranberries (orange flavored add a delicious pop and variety)*
Maple syrup or raw Blue Agave (at Trader Joe’s)
warmed almond milk (or other milk of choice) – ditch the microwave and use stove top pan
warmed bowl – turn upside down on lid while oatmeal is cooking or warm on low in toaster oven
* try any other fruit of choice; small apple or pear chunks, bananas, blueberries etc.
Bring salted water to a boil; add oats and simmer till thickened, approximately 4-5 minutes. Stir in flax seed. Transfer to warmed cereal bowl, top with nuts, cranberries and drizzle with syrup. Add warmed milk (stay away from the microwave and use your stove top) and enjoy!
You can’t go wrong with whole grains and blood sugar-steadying fiber so this makes oatmeal an easy and ideal breakfast. Additional benefits: it’s whole grain, gluten free, walnuts are brain food and much more, flax seed provides omega 3 oils and more, and cranberry provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. It’s wholesome, beneficial, and nutritious so get ready for a deeply gratifying delicious meal and welcome to the New Year!
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