Two Summer Oatmeals

I could honestly devote a whole blog to describing the health benefits of oatmeal. Among being one of the best sources of complex carbohydrates, they taste heavenly and keep you full! These bowls were inspired by the many healthy breakfasts I gazed at online during one too many lazy summer days. I thought all the bowls I saw were too complicated for me (acai powder had never entered my vocabulary previously, let alone my mouth) until I just decided to go for it. Check these out.

Red and Green Vitamin C Machine

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This bowl filled me up for the whole morning and satisfied my sweet tooth. The best part is definitely the peaches so I hope this summery oatmeal makes you feel just as peachy as it made me!

 

Ingredients:

  • large flake oats
  • 1 peach
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds
  • cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Make your oatmeal according to package directions and place in very centre of bowl
  • Wash all fruit and cut the peach into thin slices
  • Place the fruits around the circle of oatmeal and sprinkle the oats with a hefty tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
  • Dash cinnamon on top

Nutrition:

Peaches:

  • provides you with 15% of your daily dose of Vitamin C, fighting free radicals in the body
  • fruits similar to peaches (like plums and nectarines) have shown to ward off obesity-linked to diseases
  • a fabulous fruit for your skin (fights wrinkles, skin damage caused by the sun and helps skin texture in general)

Pumpkin seeds:

  • filled with magnesium (to help heart health)
  • source of zinc to aid in cell growth, sleep, mood and senses of taste and smell
  • rich in tryptophan, which leads to a more restful sleep

Raspberries:

  • rich in flavanoids, relating to memory improvement and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease
  • the fiber and water in these fruits prevents constipation

Strawberries:

  • only 1 cup contains 100% of your daily Vitamin C intake
  • antioxidants found in it contribute to good eye health
  • reduces inflammation in the joints (great for arthritis)
  • source of folate (a B-Vitamin important for pre-natal health)

Blueberry Bliss Breakfast Bowl

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When the peanut butter drizzling began (and my obsession with this particular bowl) there was no stopping me from recreating it EVERY summer morning. It’s a very versatile “recipe” and you should get excited to mess around with it.

Time: Depends on oats used (steel-cut, large flake, quick cooking, in the microwave or on the stove, etc)

Ingredients:

  • Oats of choice (I prefer Robin Hood for large flake or Blue Menu for steel-cut)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • dash of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of ginger (or other preferred spices)
  • drizzle of honey
  • tbsp peanut butter

Instructions:

  • Whip up your oatmeal of choice in the microwave (or make it on the stove) and place in serving bowl
  • Warm up blueberries in the microwave in a small bowl for about 30 seconds, stir slightly afterward to desired consistency (I like mine slightly chunky), scoop peanut butter into a small bowl as well and microwave for 30 sec
  • Pour warmed blueberries over oatmeal and drizzle on the peanut butter
  • Scatter chia seeds and hemp hearts on top (you can use a blend like Qi’a, or any other seeds you like)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon, ginger and any other spices you love over top
  • For added sweetness (this is already naturally sweet though) drizzle honey on top (I used raw organic honey, but any kind is fine)
  • Serve warm and delicious!

Nutrition:

Blueberries:

  • source of vitamin K (for strong bones) and vitamin A and C  (disease-fighters!)
  • great source of fibre which helps you feel fuller longer while helping your digestive health
  • crazy levels of antioxidants (winner of all the berries!)
  • low glycemic index which impacts our blood sugar levels

Peanut Butter:

  • excellent source of protein to give you all the energy you need to get through the morning (and builds up muscles while warding off hunger)
  • healthy fats needed for brain development
  • high in magnesium and potassium (for bone-building and muscle developing)

Chia Seeds:

  • super tiny seeds that are packed with nutrients like omgea-3 fatty acids for brain health and antioxidants that fight disease (there are arguements they have more antioxidants than blueberries, so basically this recipe is an antioxidant superhero!)
  • the fiber increases fullness, as well as the chia seeds ability to expand in the stomach results in slow abosoprtion and all day energy
  • they are about 14% protein!

Hemp Seeds:

  • contain all 10 essential fatty acids (especially omega-6 and omega-3)
  • contains more protein than chia seeds (and are very easily digested)
  • high in fiber and magensium, iron, zinc and potassium

Cinnamon:

  • anti-inflammatory properties (repairs tissue damage and fights infections)
  • lowers blood sugar levels (shown to decrease amount of glucose entering the body after a meal, linked to diabetes protection)
  • just the smell alone benefits cognitive processes (imagine what it can do for your body!)

Ginger:

  • research is ongoing about its ability to burn calories, awesome for nausea and cramps
  • helps absorb other nutrients into the body (like all the ones packed into this oatmeal!)
  • anti-inflammatory, helps heal sore muscles

Honey:

  • anti-inflammatory properties used for soothing colds and reducing allergy symptoms
  • can deliver a quick boost of energy due its natural unprocessed sugar
  • can increase serotonin that improves mood and happiness (and help you fall asleep, especially when in tea)

 

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