Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Power Up in the AM with this Breakfast Pudding

Excited to dig into my Superfood Cold Oats every morning!!!
Breakfast is labeled the most important meal of the day yet so many of us skip this key meal in hopes that cutting back on these calories will somehow promote weight loss.  When counseling my patients on diet, I emphasize the importance of a well-balanced, nutritious breakfast for achieving a variety of wellness goals anywhere from healthy weight loss to an improved cholesterol profile, better blood pressure control and tighter blood sugar control.  In discussing breakfast options, it dawned on me that many of my patients were tired of the same old same old....I'd suggest bananas, whole wheat toast with some peanut butter or hard-boiled egg whites with hot sauce (one of my favorites!) but they wanted something new...something different...and of course something delicious.  That's why I am sharing my recipe for superfood cold oats with you today.  I have told many of my patients about it....those looking to reduce their elevated cholesterol levels, lower their blood pressure, lose weight or simply looking for a fresh and exciting alternative to the trusty banana (no offense banana, you know you rock!).  My tasty cold oats promote satiety so you wont be hungry an hour after eating.  And kids love them too!  I made them for my super cool cousins in 7th grade and they are definitely huge fans.  It's always really exciting for me when something tastes awesome AND you're reaping such amazing health benefits.  That's the goal.  Hoping you enjoy my delicious go-to energy boosting breakfast packed with superfood to fuel body and brain!  I have included my favorite variations for you to try but as always let those creative juices flow.  You just need the base and your creative spark ;)



Ingredients:
The Base>>
Combine the following:
2-3 tablespoons old fashioned oats (not cooked)
1/3 cup almond milk (or vanilla almond milk or nonfat organic milk)
1/3 cup nonfat organic yogurt (I use Greek but that's my preference)
1-2 teaspoons organic chia seed
1 tablespoon ground organic flaxseed


Now, add either A or B to the Base
A. 1/2 banana sliced, 1/4 cup sliced apples (Honeycrisp is my fave), few shakes of cinnamon, 1-2 teaspoons honey roasted peanut butter (grind your own at Whole Foods), a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds (pictured above)

B. Frozen fruit (mango, peaches, raspberries are my favorite), 1/2 banana sliced, 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 2 teaspoons organic coconut flakes, few shakes cinnamon, drizzle of agave or honey

Note: you can omit the sweetener or use an alternative like maple syrup, pumpkin butter, fresh preserves or organic brown sugar in the raw (with a light hand)....get creative with toppings and spices like pistachios, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, vanilla, pumpkin spice and other nut butters (love almond butter!)

PS- make-ahead the night before for an EASY grab-and-go breakfast on the run!

1 comment:

Sherry said...

This is the BEST Oats i have have had. Thank you Dr. you have the best recipes on Earth. Today i will make the Bananarama, and i am sure it will be just as great as the Cold Oats.
Sherry