My dad really loves his breakfast routine. He literally eats the same thing every single day, for YEARS. For the past, ohhh, five years he has eaten a big bowl of Cheerios with a glass of orange juice for breakfast. He switches cereals around about every decade or so.
And, let me tell you, you would be hard pressed to get him to eat something else.
Well, I never fully understood how he could eat the same thing and never get tired of it..until I started my second year of college and really fell in love with oatmeal.
I ate oatmeal every morning for the entire year, with very few exceptions, and never got sick of it. I did, however, vary the type of oatmeal I ate… Be ready, this blog will soon be inundated with many, many oatmeal recipes.
We will begin with this very simple, yet oh so tasty Almond butter Pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe.
I know it’s no where near pumpkin season yet, but I had a can and decided to make lots of pumpkin inspired dishes. I had just a little pumpkin puree leftover from another recipe and had no idea how to use it..until I woke up the next day and voila!
-1/3 cup quick oats
-2/3 cup water
-1/4 cup plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix!)
-1 to 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter (to taste)
-1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
-Unsweetened almond milk poured on top
1. Combine the oats and the water in a microwavable-safe bowl and let sit for a couple of minutes. Collect the other ingredients as you let it soak.
2. Microwave the oat mixture for 1 minute.
3. Then add the pumpkin puree and the almond butter into the oats. Stir until well combined.
4. Microwave for 1 more minute and then add in the spices.
5. Add any extra toppings that you wish, and enjoy!
Ingredient chalk-talk (minus the chalk)
Pumpkin is a fantastic source of Vitamin K, providing more than half the daily value in one cup, and a whole lot of iron. It is high in fiber, and chock full of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer and promote eye health. Not only may this delicious gourd prevent blemishes, but it may also keep those skin wrinkles away! That right there is a win-win in my book.
Almond butter contains Vitamin E which prevents oxidative damage to your cells..meaning it kills those nasty free radicals roaming around your body. 1 tablespoon has the same amount of protein as 1 ounce of meat and contains magnesium, healthy fats, and iron.
Cinnamon is one of the top antioxidants in the world, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help control blood pressure. So adding an extra sprinkle certainly couldn’t hurt!
Chia seeds add a nice crunch on top of the oatmeal and are SO good for you. Chia is actually the word for “strength” in the ancient Mayan language. They contain protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium..and on goes the list. Due to the protein content in these little seeds, and the fact that they expand in liquid, you will stay fuller longer. They are jam packed with antioxidants which help fight off the free radicals that damage your cells and can contribute to diseases and health disorders. They are very high in Omega-3s (that’s the good kind) and high in important bone nutrients. Have I convinced you to sprinkle a bit on your oatmeal? I promise, it’s sooo yummy!
You know what they say..”You are what you eat!”
..just look that pumpkin-y, nut butter goodness topped with chia seeds just waiting to be devoured..
I hope you enjoy your ridiculously healthy, energizing, free-radical-fighting breakfast!
Until next time,
“I love food, I love eating.” Robin Gibb