Upon pulling out your bowl of steamy oats, add EITHER a tablespoon of raw organic honey OR brown sugar (your choice). Then top with healthy delicious add ons. The picture above was my breakfast this morning and included:
-unsweetened, raw coconut meat (you can buy this in a package in a health food store or crack your own coconut, which takes a little more time :) )
Other add ons I love are :
-crushed raw pumpkin seeds
-raw sunflower seeds
-apples cut up into small chunks
-cut up figs
I always add a *milk* of some sort. The creme de la creme of course is cream, but I'm watching my cholesterol (oatmeal is good for that, by the way!) so I use 2% milk instead. Other delicious options include coconut milk (yum!) or almond milk.
Now, for the health benefits!
Seven amazing benefits of oatmeal can be found HERE.
Health benefits of raw honey are HERE.
almonds, pecans and walnuts:
These have protein, are high in healthy fats which can help lower cholesterol, and contain fiber and very important minerals like potassium, which regulates blood pressure.
coconut: (hang on to your hats because this list is a doozy!)
Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:
- **of course, I am not a nutritionist or doctor so please research the purported benefits yourself. *I think you will find that adding a breakfast of oatmeal is not only delicious but will benefit your health long-term!Children may enjoy a breakfast "oatmeal bar"- line the topper options up on the side and let them "build their bowl" as they would an ice cream sundae. Be creative and try other favorite nutritious toppings, maybe organic cold cereal, other nuts and fruits. Under- sweeten rather than sweeten too much- you can always dab a bit more honey or sugar on. I think you will find that your family, after a week or so of eating this oatmeal, will prefer it lightly, very lightly sweetened anyway.Oatmeal is a great morning dish for the upcoming fall, and pairs well with sliced apples, fresh from the organic orchard, or for any snack- not just breakfast!