How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong

Oatmeal is an easy, cheap, quick and nutritious way to start your day.  Here is an example of how fast food chains like McDonald’s are trying to make Americans think they are choosing the healthier choice…think again.  From a marketing perspective they can do nothing wrong but from a nutritional perspective they can do almost nothing right….Their “healthy” calories are detrimental to our health instead of beneficial. 

Check out this article from The Opinion Pages of the NY Times:
How to Make Oatmeal…Wrong

Oatmeal can be made in 5 minutes by boiling 1 cup of water, adding oats, a handful of dried cranberries or fresh blueberries, 1 tbsp ground flax seed, a splash of coconut milk (or any nut milk) and some cinnamon. 

Here is another great recipe to spice up your breakfast:

SPICED PUMPKIN OATMEAL
serves 4

4 cups water
2 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup almond milk (or any milk)
Maple syrup to taste
Toppings of your choice (see note)

Heat the water in a kettle or pot until it boils.

Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a separate pot over medium heat, and stir in the oats. Toast the oats for a minute or so, then add the spices and continue to toast until it all smells warm and fragrant. Pour in 4 cups boiling water. Stir, cover, and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let it simmer 15 minutes.

Take the lid off and mix in the pumpkin until evenly blended in with the oats. Add the almond milk and continue cooking, uncovered, for another 5-10 minutes or until the oats are creamy and rich and excess liquid has cooked out. Serve it up in individual bowls and top with maple syrup, plus the toppings of your choice.

Topping Ideas: Dried cranberries, currants, or raisins; toasted nuts of any kind; all-natural or homemade applesauce; apple butter or pumpkin butter; a spoonful of jam; toasted coconut; fresh chopped apples or other fruit; candied ginger… use your imagination.

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  1. Delicious! I just tried this recipe and it is a new favorite. I didn’t have coconut oil to toast the oats, but it still came out amazing. I topped it with a little of my coconut coffee creamer, pecans, and dried cherries…Thanks Amy!

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