Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Breakfast in a Hurry

Didn't have time to soak your steel cut oats last night?

Ran out of bread for toast?
No worries, here are some simple steps to prepare breakfast in a flash, anywhere at any time! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it provides the energy to keep you ticking through the day.  If you start your day with a well-balanced meal, you'll avoid the binges later on.

When I received my shipment of gluten-free (GF) rolled oats, I was inspired to prepare my own muesli. Muesli was used in 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for his patients. The rolled oats are rich in fiber and help lower cholesterol, while the nuts and seeds provide Omega 3's and minerals. The best part is that you can personalize it to your favorite nuts, seeds and fruit and it's easy to take with you anywhere. 

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
Handful brazil nuts
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup dried coconut flakes
Handful of pumpkin seeds
Handful of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup goji berries

I made this couple of weeks ago - I kept adding the seeds and whatever I found in my pantry to give it texture, flavor, color and most importantly a taste that I would look forward to early in the morning, plus something that would energize me.

Once you chop the nuts and seeds in a food processor, you can blend it with the rolled oats and goji berries.  This is a rough idea of how to make it, you can always add which nuts and dried fruit you prefer.  In the morning, all I do is put the oats mixture in a bowl, sprinkle a little cinnamon, add some fresh fruit (yummy with mango, blueberries or apple) and pour some almond or hemp milk over it. I love it when the oats soak up the milk - makes it so creamy, yet crunchy and so sinfully rich.

First start with the nuts and seeds

Chop in Food Processor

Mix with Rolled Oats and Goji Berries


Rolled Oats with Almonds, Walnuts, Cinnamon and Fresh Mango in Almond Milk

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