#1 Tip for a Healthy Holiday

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It is an old adage that still proves relevant today.  Start each morning with a nutritious and filling breakfast. It will help you balance your energy and your cravings throughout the day.

Oatmeal made with coconut oil and topped with blueberries and cashews.

Oatmeal made with coconut oil and topped with blueberries and cashews.

When I eat healthy in the morning, I’m more motivated to stick with it the rest of the day AND I don’t feel bad when I do have a special treat.  At the very least, you know you started your day out right.

After a glass of water with lemon I eat a meal that is high in protein, good fats and fiber to keep me full until my mid-morning snack.  In the spring and summer, I love a green smoothie but this time of year in Falls Church I prefer something warm.  I alternate between eggs and oatmeal.   This recipe for oatmeal has more protein and good fats then your typical bowl.  Coconut oil provides healthy fats and nice flavor.  Steel cut oats have a lower glycemic index so they won’t impact your blood sugar as much.  Even though I’m a health coach I can’t seem to regularly remember to soak them the night before.    I don’t use any sweetner but if you need some, go with natural sweetners like raw, local honey or maple syrup grade B.

High Energy Oatmeal

Serves 2-3

Cooking and Prep: 10 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of thick cut oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • A pinch of sea salt
Coconut oil oatmeal with apples, sunflower seeds and cinnamon.

Coconut oil oatmeal with apples, sunflower seeds and cinnamon.

Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw honey (optional)

or

  • 2 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • ½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons of cashews
  • Maple Syrup (optional)

or

You choose!!

Directions:

Combine Oatmeal, water, coconut oil and salt in a pot and set heat to medium.  Stir occasionally until it starts to bubble.  Turn it down and cook until it is your desired consistency (about 5 minutes).  Serve into 2 or 3 bowls and add the toppings of your choice.  I love the combinations above but try any of your favorite fruits, seeds and nuts.

What are your favorites oatmeal toppings?

 

 

Comments

  1. Jennifer on December 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm said:

    Great suggestions, I like frozen berries since they aren’t available in the winter fresh.

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