Natural Nutrition for your family
I love breakfast. Breakfast gets me out of bed in the morning. The alarm goes off, and I desperately want to stay curled in my warm, cozy comforter. But as I am lying in bed, trying to rationalize a few more minutes of sleep, I remember that if I get up, I get to eat breakfast!
My eagerness to eat breakfast is partly because I usually workout at night, after my kids are in bed. So by morning, my body is craving calories and nutrients. But it’s mostly just because I love everything about breakfast. If I get up before my kids, it’s probably my only quiet, peaceful meal of the day, and it’s like starting the day with a blank nutritional-slate! Here are 3 good reasons to love breakfast:
One of my favorite breakfasts is this Make-Ahead, No-Cook Oatmeal. I got the inspiration from a post I found for Refrigerator Oatmeal and I continue to modify it, depending on what is in season, on sale or looks good. My version includes a handful of nature’s best ingredients, is vegan and free of gluten, dairy and soy.
That’s it! Here’s how I made oatmeal this week:
I measured 1/2 cup of quick oats into a container with a lid. I often use a mason jar for this, like in the picture at the top of this post, but I didn’t have any clean ones on hand tonight. Next I added about 1 heaping Tablespoon of sliced almonds, 1/2 Tablespoon of chia seed and two dashes of cinnamon.
Next was fruit. Today, I had some plump and ripe blackberries and an almost-overripe nectarine. These blackberries were really fatties, so I only used three and gave them a rough chop. If they were smaller, I would have used more and just thrown them in whole. I also peeled one quarter of a big, fat, juicy nectarine and gave that a rough chop.
In the photo at the top of this post, I had used whole, fresh blueberries and chopped strawberries.
This is what it looks like with the fruit thrown on top. I love summer fruit!
Next, I poured in about 1/2 cup of almond milk. Don’t you just love the gorgeous color the milk turns from the blackberries?
Again, you can use any liquid here, just keep it tasty and healthy. I actually measure in 1/2 cup and then add another splash. I don’t know how to describe that in measurements, but I like my oatmeal a bit thinner. If you like thicker oatmeal, then 1/2 cup of milk will probably do just fine.
Done! I just snapped on the cover and put it in the fridge. While you sleep, the oats soften and the whole concoction thickens as the milk gets soaked up by the oats and chia seed.
The next morning, I unsnap the lid, and pop it into the microwave for about 1.5 minutes to warm it up. You could eat it cold if you want – it doesn’t need to be be cooked. I personally love the feel and taste of warm oatmeal. Give it a good stir and enjoy! It’s warm, comforting, filling and to me, the perfect start to the day!
Do you start the day with hot cereal? I’d love to hear your combinations for the perfect porridge.