Happy Healthy Oatmeal

What do you eat for breakfast?

The answer to that question  is important. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That sounds like some nerdy poster from elementary school, right? I used to skip breakfast all the time.  Then I started having to attend 8:30am meetings and sitting the majority of the day at a computer. Tummy growls don't lie.

Pack in good nutrients first thing in the morning.

Step away from the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and S'more Poptarts fat boy. I said GOOD nutrients. I am a lover of cereal for life, but the first thing you ingest should not sound sound like a dessert. It's a bunch of processed sugars. Don't let the food blog title fool you. I still make a conscious effort to eat as healthy as possible.

Be good to your body. Treat it right. If you don't, who will?

Lately, I've been on a flaxseed, oatmeal, and smoothie kick for breakfast. Ooo and wraps. I love tofu wraps (post to come). I never tried home-made oatmeal and didn't realize how easy it is to make: water plus oats. Done. You can doll it up a million different ways- it's nuts. The best part: you have full control of what's in it.

Here are a few yummy ideas:

1. PB&J Protein Oatmeal
2. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
3. Banana Bread Oatmeal
4. Cranberry Sunflower Oatmeal
5. Cocoa Nibs and Coconut Oatmeal
6. Toasted 4 Grain Cereal

And don't forget! These two little guys are still in search for a home, so if you're looking for 2 of the world's sweetest kittens, just hit me up!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
serves 2

1 cup water
3/4 cup milk
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 apple, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons flax seed
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
pinch of salt
drizzle of maple syrup or honey
raisins (optional)

Set oven to 350. Place diced apple and almonds in a stick-proof pan. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey and allow to cook for 15 minutes.

While that's going, pour water and milk into a small pot. Add a dash of salt and bring to a boil. Add the oats and lower heat. Let it cook for about 8 minutes- you decide how thick. 

Add the baked apples. Stir in everything else. Drizzle a little more maple syrup or honey.