Healthy Oatmeal Recipe for Breakfast

I think everyone knows that a healthy breakfast is an important part of your day, and your lifestyle.  The question is, "How many of us actually practice that, to the point that it's a habit?'
A good breakfast before work will keep you going and satisfied til lunch, and hopefully keep you from craving those sweet donuts and danishes that do bad things to your health, not to mention your weight. Now, I must admit, I was blessed with "skinny genes" (please don't hold that against me and click to another site!) so I've never had much of a weight problem, though my metabolism has definitely slowed, and I can't eat the same items and quantities that I used to eat.

This breakfast is probably not particularly low-cal, but I can assure you it gives you a good filling start to your day, so if you screw up or cheat later, you've already put some good things in your body. it's got a little bit of all the goodies in terms of antioxidants, protein, and fiber. Let's not use that as an excuse to cheat, ok?)

So hear it is:

Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Oatmeal Recipe

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 rounded tablespoon of raisins
  • 1 rounded tablespoon of dried cranberries
  • 1 medium strawberry
  • small handful of blueberries - 16 or so
  • heaping tbsp. of flax seeds
  • heaping tbsp of sunflower seeds
  • 8 almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of flax oil 
  • 1 tablespoon of first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
 Combine oatmeal, water, raisins and cranberries. Cook on the stove according to the directions on the oatmeal container, or in the microwave - in which case you may have to experiment on the time and power level. (You will most likely find that about 70% power for around 3 minutes will work best - depends on the microwave.)
While it's cooking, combine flax seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds in a coffee grinder, and blend.
When oatmeal  is cooked, add the grinder's contents, olive oil, flax oil, blueberries, and strawberry (cut it up).
If the blueberries and strawberry were frozen (as mine often are, put oatmeal back in the microwave for another 20 seconds, to reheat.)
I know this seems like a lot of work and a lot of "stuff" but once you get a system down, it goes very quickly.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! 

This is the great little coffee grinder I use for grinding the seeds.  It tackles the almonds with no effort, and grinds up the flax seeds in spite of how tiny they are. I've used it daily for a couple years and it never skips a beat. It's a little power house! Keep in mind that flax seeds have a hard outer shell, so unless they are ground, the omega-3 goodies can't get out - the seeds will go right through you!

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