2.01.2012

Chia Berry Oatmeal

Sometimes I forget how great breakfast can be!  Usually I get up with just enough time in the morning to get ready and grab a banana as I run out the door.  Ok, so not the healthiest routine, but I'm working on it.  This morning I got up well over an hour before I had to leave for the bus to campus (and I need only 20 minutes to get ready to go), so I spent some of my extra time whipping up this quick and delicious oatmeal, then I spent some time in bed with my computer learning how Pinterest works.  

I was recently invited to it by my sister-in-law, who is also one of my bridesmaids and has been helping me tons with ideas for the wedding, Thanks Katie!  She thought Pintrist would be a great spot to keep all of my wedding ideas and dreams from things I see at online wedding websites.  She has sent me many helpful links to DIY sites and example weddings; this is what her, and now I, refer to as "wedding porn." Hehe.  Other than wedding stuff, Pintrist has been a great spot for me to keep track of a bunch of recipes I've tried and loved, or recipes I want to try.  To find my boards on Pintrist go to this link and follow me if you want to keep track of what I'm loving in the nutritarian (or wedding idea) world.  

Chia Berry Oatmeal

Ingredients: (serves 1)
1 T chia seeds
1/3 c almond milk
1/2 c oats
2/3 c water
1 c berries

Directions:  The night before serving, or at least 1 hour before serving, mix the chia seeds into the almond milk in a small glass and let sit.  In a good sized, microwaveable bowl, layer 1/2 c of the berries on the bottom, then the dry oats, and then add the water.  In a microwave, microwave on high for three minutes.  Carefully remove from the microwave and stir.  The oatmeal should be a lovely (depending on your type of berry)-color.  Pour the almond milk and chia seed mix on top and a couple more fresh berries.  Enjoy!

Amy's notes:  I microwaved my oatmeal, but this recipe could be easily done on the stovetop.  For my oatmeal this morning I used just blackberries, but any sort of berry would work great.  It would be even better with a variety of berries in one oatmeal if you have the fruit available!  My favorites would be: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, seeded cherries, or even pomegranates!
Thankfully I am a person that enjoys sweet breakfasts more than salty/savory, because I have no idea how to translate an omlette or other egg dish into a nutritarian option.  My favorite breakfasts (on weekends and for more of a brunch), used to be eggs benedict with hashbrowns.  My favorite thing about eggs benedict would have to be the hollandaise sauce.  I think I will work on making this into a better nutritarian option.  I believe I have found my challenge for the weekend! :)

What types of breakfasts do you enjoy?  Do you have any experience with egg-like nutritarian breakfasts?

5 comments:

  1. I love buckwheat and/or quinoa with fruit for breakfast. Hot or cold with some ground chia & water or soy milk. Definitely my favourite :)
    I make a tofu scramble when I feel like a more substantial weekend breakfast though.

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    1. Oh, what great ideas! I'll have to save some quinoa when I make it next and try that. I've never tried tofu scramble before, so I'll have to give it a go one of these weekends. -ANK

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  2. Can I eat tofu on the six week challenge?

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  3. Yes if I eat tofu, I generally count it as a portion of my bean intake, but I tend to stay away from tofu and go for less processed sources of protein, such as whole beans. Whole beans are super beneficial to those wanting to lose weight. They contain resistant starches that pass right through your digestive system, getting things moving more efficiently, but not adding many extra calories since they aren't absorbed. Good health and good luck!

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  4. There is a really delicious product called soy rizo. It is a take off on the mexican sausage called chorizo. When I make a "scrambled egg" on the weekends I mash up some tofu that has been set out to dry in paper towels for a while and then spoon in some soyrizo for flavor in a skillet. Really delicious and easy to make it as spicy or mild as you like - just add more soyrizo for more zip and less for more mild.

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