Hello there! 'Tis the season to bring on festive fun, and frolic. But there's the morning after (always a morning after) to think about what to eat that's N.E.A.T. ~ Nutritious Easy Affordable Tasty! I've got a solution for you: a recipe that ticks off all the boxes. Yes, I'll get to it but first you NEED to know why it's so good for you:
Oats - It has lots of fiber for good um, movement :D with heart-healthy nutrients.
Apple - If you get organic (please try), keep the peel on for more fiber which slows down the potential rush of the fruit sugar. This is a five-star fruit with plenty of nutrition to support all kinds of body function. It is easy to find, and good on the pocketbook.
Ground flaxseed - Guess what it has in it? More fiber! It's also a strong plant protein source with hormone-supporting nutrition.
Pomegranate seeds - This "jewel of winter" is not just a pretty face. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, immune support, and well, more fiber. I suggest you put it in your grocery cart the next time you shop.
Bee pollen - First of all, please don't even think of consuming if you're allergic to bees! Even if you're not, you must start slowly (only eat a few granules) to build up your tolerance to them. Once you have, these protein-strong granules contain almost all the nutrients we humans need to consume. It really is a super food.
Hemp seeds / hearts - To add a bit more protein and overall nutrition, sprinkle a dusting of these seeds for additional crunch.
Ground cinnamon - Of course I can't forget about the spice that ties all of the flavors together. It also helps to slow down sugars, and offers its own lovely sweetish taste.
To begin with I brought to boil a combination of apple juice and water. You could just use water but the flavor from the apple juice really gives it a more seasonal taste with additional Vitamin C. Last note, the recipe below is for one serving but it can easily be doubled or made into however many servings you need.
- ½ cup apple juice (pure, not from concentrate)
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup quick organic oats
- 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ or ½ organic apple, seeded, chopped
- ¼ (or more) cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
- sprinkle bee pollen (optional)
- sprinkle hemp hearts (optional)
- sprinkle ground cinnamon (optional)
- Bring apple juice and water to boil.
- Stir in quick oats. Cook for approx 3 to 4 minutes.
- Off heat stir in flaxseed, and cinnamon. Add more water to desired consistency.
- In serving bowl, top with apple, arils, bee pollen, hemp hearts, and cinnamon.
- Serve immediately.