NaBloPoMo: Breakfast

Nov 07

When I was in my early 30s I found out I had borderline high cholesterol. It was a wake up call to get more deliberate about my health, and I paid attention. I lost about 35 pounds and changed my eating habits. One habit stuck with me for about 16 years…almost every day I ate the same cereal breakfast.

I like routines, especially routines that make mornings easier. So when I started the Whole Life Challenge and saw that cereal was non-compliant, I freaked a little. I’ll be honest. I sort of depend on eating that same breakfast every day. It frees me to think about other things when I’m freshly awake.

A friend suggested I replace it with compliant oatmeal, which I scoffed at, having always found myself hungry not long after eating oatmeal. But then I caved. I bought a tin of steel cut oats.

And I was hooked. Reader, I married him  have a new breakfast! Here’s how I make it– and it’s nearly as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal! The key thing: I make it in the crock pot–4.5 cups of water to 1 cup of steel cut oats. I put it on high for two hours (at about 9 p.m.), and then turn it down to warm for the rest of the night. This makes four servings, so I only have to do it twice a week.

To make it seem like a real treat, I chop up an apple and sauté in a little coconut oil (good fat, yo) with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves over it. I add a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds (zinc, yo) to my bowl, pour on the oatmeal, top it with warm apple, drizzle on a little cashew milk.

And that is my new breakfast routine. Okay, your turn: what’s your go-to healthy breakfast?

P.S. I now refill the lovely McCann tin with steel cut oats bought at less than half the price at my health food store!

5 comments

  1. I love steel cut oats but I tend to not have them very often because they are time consuming. I like your crockpot idea, though! My go-to healthy breakfast is homemade greek yogurt with honey and granola. I add fresh fruit if we have it, too.

  2. YUM! i love them too, and i’m gonna try them in the crock pot! we love them with a friend egg on top, and some Bragg’s and a dash of sriracha. but i also do love them with fruit/nuts/honey/yogurt… can’t wait to see what else you have in store for NBPM ;n)

  3. I converted to steel cut oats this year too after never eating any cereal as an adult. Get this book from your library http://wholegrainmornings.com/and check out the Morning Glory oatmeal. So delicious with carrots and raisins cooked in part nut milk. I usually have overnight uncooked oats and am a huge fan of adding a few dried cranberries and roasted pecans. The fried apples are going to be the next thing I try.

  4. I love steel cut oats! We cook them in the rice cooker, 1 cup oats with 3 cups water; it takes about an hour. Then we put it in the fridge and use it all week. I like mine with blueberries (our crop lives in the freezer). A bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, almond milk. Yum!

  5. I do the same refilling because I love the tin. I’ve thought about making a really big batch and freezing portions. Discuss.

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