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Healthy Winter Breakfast That You’ll Actually Love

Don’t fall off your resolutions before you even get started

Health and fitness are one of the highest areas of concern as people face their New Year’s resolutions, commitments, issues, or interests. By whatever name you call it, let’s face it, for most of us, sticking to it past the first week or month can be a challenge.

Having go-to solutions that work and are as delicious as possible is a huge help in being successful when we’re adding or changing habits. So in support of your health, here’s my gift to you today.

It was so cold the morning I wrote this post. I figured it was a perfect time to break out the oatmeal ~ no instant mush here; we only go for the real thing! When I opened the pantry, I saw the orange flavored dried cranberries I’d picked up last week and a jar of Blue Agave sweetener a girlfriend turned me onto and was inspired. If you’re like me and not a fan of raisins, you’re in for a treat. 

Presentation is key especially when feeding kids since we eat first with our eyes. This bowl delights the senses, is delicious, and will keep you going all morning!

For more ease on school mornings, set ingredients out the night before, measured and ready to go. Cooking and assembly is a snap and the kids are out the door with a warm belly and a delicious nutritious treat to fuel their morning. 

Amazing Oatmeal 1 serving

1 cup water

½ cup Old Fashioned Whole Oats

dash salt

2-3 tsp finely ground flax seed

4-6 walnut halves, chopped or broken

1 tbls dried cranberries (orange flavored add a delicious pop and variety)

Maple syrup or raw Blue Agave (at Trader Joe’s)

warmed milk – use stove top pan

warmed bowl – turn upside down on lid while oatmeal is cooking or warm on low in toaster oven

Bring salted water to a boil; add oats and simmer till thickened, approximately 4-5 minutes.  Stir in flax seed.  Transfer to warmed cereal bowl, top with nuts, cranberries and drizzle with syrup.  Add warmed milk (stay away from the microwave and use your stove top) and enjoy!

You can’t go wrong with whole grains and blood sugar-steadying fiber so this makes oatmeal an easy and ideal breakfast.  Additional benefits: it’s whole grain, gluten free, walnuts are brain food and much more, flax seed provides omega 3 oils and more, and cranberry provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.  It’s wholesome, beneficial, and nutritious so get ready for a deeply gratifying delicious meal and welcome to the New Year!

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Lisa Roper January 07, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Switch out your milk and agave for almond milk and stevia - now you have something!
Dyan Chan January 07, 2013 at 10:15 PM
A friend got my daughter hooked on toasted flax seed with blueberries -- we mix it into the oatmeal and it gives a nutty sweetness. I don't know if toasted flax seed is as good as untoasted (do they do untoasted?), but it tastes good! We also like yogurt with blueberries and nuts (almonds or walnuts), or if blueberries are not in season, then a little granola. Of course, that's not warm. Does Cream of Wheat have any nutritional value? I like that too.
Grace "Megumi" Fleming January 08, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Yummy recipe! I like the idea of warming the bowl, too. A friend of mine just convinced me to start using Chia seeds. I put it in my oatmeal and home-made granola. www.naturalnews.com claims: "When it comes to the amount of omega-3 oil in various seed oils, the chia seed has the highest content, just above kiwi seeds, perilla and flax.... It also has more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk and even more antioxidants than blueberries." I love how crunchy it its!
Tamara Archer January 08, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Almond milk sounds like a delicious alternative; thanks for sharing!
Tamara Archer January 10, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I don't know about the toasted bit... I took my flax seed out of the bag and it's stored in a glass jar so don't know. Your options are delish, simple, and healthy :)
Tamara Archer January 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I'll check out the Chia seeds; it's new to me. Thanks for sharing :)
Carrie Scott January 15, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Love oatmeal, cranberries, nuts and almond milk...you can also add apples and pears....so guess that is my breakfast tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!
Tamara Archer January 16, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Sounds delicious and love all the variations. These sound great, thanks!

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