Superfood Breakfast Oatmeal

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Okay, get ready for one of the yummiest and healthiest breakfast options EVER!  Every single ingredient in this oatmeal is classified as a superfood, and on top of that this specific combination that I came up with goes together perfectly!

Because of all of the super foods in this bowl, it has all of the following health and nutrition benefits:

  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • High in fiber
  • Heart-healthy
  • Plenty of protien
  • Good for healthy cholesterol levels
  • Aids in healthy brain function
  • Good for digestion
  • Healthy dose of zinc
  • Great for vision
  • Aids in detoxification
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immune boosting
  • Good for the skin

This is just to name a few!  The list can go on and on from here because of the plethora of amazing goodies in this food!

As with most oatmeal recipes, this is extremely easy to throw together, so it’s perfect for someone, like myself, that doesn’t want to have to do too much thinking early in the morning before they’ve had their breakfast! Let’s get to it!

SUPERFOOD BREAKFAST OATMEAL

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk plus more for topping
  • 2-3 large carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • stevia or raw honey to taste
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I used roasted and salted (with sea salt) pumpkin seeds)
  • 1-2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

1.) Heat 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat until it begins to boil. Add in the oats and the carrots. Allow to continue to boil until a lot of the liquid has cooked off (about 5 minutes or so).

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2.) Remove from the heat and add the almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia (or honey), vanilla, chia seeds, and coconut. Stir to combine completely. Fold in the blueberries and pumpkin seeds.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl and top with almond milk to serve.

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Wa-la! A nutritious and delicious breakfast treat!  Enjoy! 🙂

FALL KALE SALAD

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Hubby is out of town for a race this weekend, so that means I’ve been cooking for one.  In other words, lots of salads and easy meals.  It’s also Sunday which means throwing together whatever is left in the fridge before my weekly grocery shopping trip.  Dinner tonight was a salad inspired by this pin:

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I was excited to have most of the ingredients for this salad.  I made my own dried cranberries with pepitas to avoid extra sugar in packaged dried cranberries, I steamed the brussels sprouts and broccoli instead of having it raw, and I added some chicken that I cooked by boiling then shredding it.  I also made a different dressing that has all ingredients that are good for you in it.

This salad is full of super foods and is SO good for you.  The honeycrisp apples, pepitas, and oven dried cranberries give it a fall twist the makes it perfect for this time of year.  Regardless of what time of the year you eat it, it is delicious and is packed full of nutrients!

FALL KALE SALAD

Ingredients: 1 serving – it’s up to you how much you want to add of each ingredient.

  • Kale – rough stems removed and finely chopped
  • Brussels sprouts, chopped
  • Broccoli, chopped
  • Honeycrisp apple, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • Cooked chicken in bite size pieces
  • oven roasted cranberries and pepitas (or you can use dried cranberries and packaged toasted pepitas)
  • olive oil
  • organic plain greek yogurt
  • dijon mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • stevia
  • sea salt
  • chia seeds

Directions:

1.) Prepare your oven roasted cranberries and pepitas (recipe here).  If your using store bought, then you can skip this step.

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2.) Lightly steam the chopped brussel sprouts and broccoli.

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3.) In a small bowl, make the dressing by combining the olive oil, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, stevia, sea salt, and chia seeds.  Mix together till smooth.  Set aside.

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4.) On a plate, layer the kale, apple, steamed brussels sprouts and broccoli, chicken, and cranberry and pepita mix.

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5.) Drizzle with dressing and serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂