Friday, July 9, 2010

Breaking Free From The Box Part 1

It has been a year since we have given up boxed cereals. We all love cereal but it has been worth it, I notice that when we buy cereal as a treat every once in a while we are all hungry with in an hour or so. You are probably thinking thats fine for you but I am not about to wake up at 5:00am to feed my family breakfast. Well neither do I, I love my sleep. So Im going to share with you some of my recipes that I use for our breakfasts over the week. Im going to start out with oatmeal who can't cook oatmeal right. I use old fashioned rolled oats and I promise you that it doesn't take over 10 minutes to make.

Here is our favorite way to make oatmeal:
3 cups milk, water, or coconut milk
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 
2 tbs peanut butter
3 mashed bananas
1 tbs honey or maple syrup
pinch of salt

Put the oats, salt and liquid into a pot and heat on medium high until it comes to a boil. 
Set your timer for 5 min.
After the 5 min take off heat stir in the rest of your ingredience.
serve with milk, a touch more syrup or honey and some chopped nuts.

Another way we like oatmeal is with strawberries: 
3 cups milk or coconut milk
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced strawberries divided
1tbs honey or raw sugar
pinch of salt

For this one you put 1/4 the strawberries in with your liquid salt and oats.
Boil for 5 min.
Take off heat and add the rest of the sliced strawberries.
Serve with milk 
The oats really take the strawberry flavor. I've tried doing this with peaches but it didn't take on the taste like it did with the strawberries. 

For extra nutrition:
 Substitute 1/2 the oats with hulled barley oats
Add 1or 2 Tbs of coconut oil
1Tbs ground flax ( I use my blender to grind them, grinding them make it digestible.)
There are many different types of oats you can use each one with it's own benifits. Some times I mix Barley oats with my rolled just to get to extra protein that the barley has. You can check out some different types here.

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