Every single morning, what I look forward to the most are *my morning oats*. They are chocolaty, sweet, nutty, warm, and make me feel so cosy. Eating oatmeal for breakfast has changed my life (dramatic statement, but hear me out!).
I used to think that eating breakfast was just a myth. Everyone always tells you that it’s the “most important meal of the day”, but I always felt (especially when trying to lose weight) that it was a “waste” of calories that I could just eat later in the day when I would be more hungry. This made me ravenous by lunch time and I would be craving snacks in between meals. Food was on my mind 24/7. And then came the *blessed* day when I decided to make oats in the morning. That day, I had to be in the city from 8 in the morning until 3pm. The result: I didn’t even think about food until I arrived home and realized that it was so late. From that day on, I eat my oats every single day. Here is some more detailed information on the health benefits of oats.
Another thing that I started incorporating every morning are proactiv chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp hearts. I take about 1 tablespoon of each and mix in into my oats when my bowl begins to cool (the proactiv chia and hemp are not at their best when warmed up). The chia seeds (with added probiotic, good for the gut) contain amazing health benefits―high in antioxidants, protein and omega-3s, they are good for skin, digestion, and heart health. Flax seeds are also high in omega-3 fats, rich in fibre and contain really high quality protein. Likewise, hemp hearts are a really popular source of plant-based protein and are extremely nutritious. I highly recommend that you add them in your daily diet!
Makes 1 portion (322 calories, without the optional ingredients)
- 1/4 cup of large oats
- 3/4 cup of water (if you like it more chunky and less smooth put 1/2 cup of water instead)
- 1 tbsp of premium cocoa powder (natural and unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup
- 2 handfuls of frozen or fresh raspberries (I use around 100g)
- 1/4 cup of frozen or fresh wild blueberries
- 1 tbsp of natural almond butter (the only ingredient being ALMONDS)
- OPTIONAL: 1 to 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds, flax seeds & hemp hearts
- Place the oats, water, cocoa powder, maple syrup, the blueberries and half of the raspberries in a pan on medium to high heat and stir well.
- When brought to a boil, stir continually until the oats have your preferred consistency (For smooth oats: 2-4 minutes, for chunky oats: 6-8 minutes)
- Remove from the heat, pour in bowl, top with the remaining raspberries, almond butter and optional ingredients.
- Enjoy and dig in!
Just for fun, this is what it looks like with the optional ingredients! Check out the fibre and iron percentage of daily value. Eat your chia/flax/hemp y’all!