Good morning everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Monday! Today I am bringing you guys another recipe: my (very) basic oatmeal recipe. Now I say this is my basic oatmeal recipe as it is very simple with minimal ingredients and I usually use it as the base for my other oatmeal recipes that I will be sharing in future blog posts!
This recipe is a fantastic way to start your day, full of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. This recipe is perfect start to your morning and here is why:
- A great source of complex carbohydrates – Complex carbohydrates ( whole-grains, starches and beans ) are an amazing source of energy for your body as they are digested slower, releasing energy at a slower rate which allows you to have a more sustained energy level then when consuming simple carbohydrates ( white breads, pasta and sugary cereals ).
- Chalk full of (plant based!!) protein – It is a common misconception that we can only obtain our protein from animal sources, but that is simply not true! This recipe contains 18 g (!!) of PLANT BASED protein! Where, you may ask, does this protein come from? Well oats contain about 7 g of protein per 1/2 cup uncooked, soy milk (*make sure to buy organic soy milk to avoid GMOs) contain roughly 6 g of protein per 1/2 cup and pumpkin seed butter contains about 5 g per tablespoon.
- Full of healthy fats – Contrary to popular belief we do need fats in our diet, but healthy fats! Try to consume mostly mono- and polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils and nuts/seeds rather than the saturated fats of animal products or the hydrogenated fats of processed foods. Healthy fats are great as they are digested the slowest, keeping us fuller longer, meaning that we will be less likely to grab for that doughnut in the staff room mid morning!
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup ORGANIC soy milk ( you can substitute for another non-dairy milk if desired)
1/2 cup purified filtered water
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed butter
cinnamon to taste
OPTIONAL maple syrup or honey
- Combine soy milk and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil
- After soy milk/water mixture has begun to boil add in oats and pumpkin seed butter, make sure to stir the pumpkin seed butter thoroughly into the oats to avoid clumps.
- Reduce heat and stir occasionally
- Once cooked to the consistency of your liking (usually 5-10 minutes) remove from heat and add in cinnamon and optional sweetener of choice
- Pour into a bowl and enjoy!