Saturday, November 26, 2011

Irish Oatmeal w/ Nuts & Berries

Sometimes breakfast really can be the most important meal of the day, to start yourself on track. My (very early) morning starts with a serving of Irish oatmeal and fresh berries.  
what you need:
1/2 cup dry McCann’s Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal* (
1.5 - 2 cups filtered water
1 small handful fresh washed organic blueberries and/or strawberries cut into quarters**
*oats grown in Ireland are not contaminated by gluten
**if you prefer frozen berries, Trader Joe’s has a fabulous selection 
1/2 cup of Irish oatmeal only calls for 1 cup of water. I like to double the water amount to 2 cups because the oats soak up the H2O, expand, and get fluffier! Mmm. More bang for your buck, and calorie ; )
Even though the oats can be cooked in the microwave, they taste more authentic and feel cozy when prepped stovetop. I savor every minute I have in the morning before my real day starts. SO, the night before, pour your oatmeal and filtered water into a pot. Cover it, and go to bed. When you wake in the AM, all you need to do is turn the stove on medium and stir occasionally. 2-3 minutes if you use less water; 4-5 minutes if you double the water quantity like I do.
As the oats are cooking over low-medium heat, put the washed berries in your bowl. When the oatmeal is cooked and hot, pour it right on top of those berries. The heat accentuates the natural sweetness of the fruit, and some of the juice seeps out adding tart-y flavor to every bite. *super*sweet!
If you need more sugar tasting elements, try sprinkling some ground cinnamon or even adding 5 slices of a banana or 2 cut up medjool dates. These options are sure to make your oatmeal richer/thicker.
Let me know if you like it! I can promise you will have a solid workout afterwards, and the energy will sustain you throughout your busy day.
If you want protein, you might add a small handful of raw almonds.

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