Superfoods by Organicat

We've all heard about so-called "Superfoods" and how good they are for us...but if the idea of one more broiled salmon and steamed broccoli dinner drives you batty, come see what I'm cookin'!

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

I'm a Foodie, Nutrition/Wellness Consultant and Personal Trainer. Eat well and love it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Feel your OATS!

Many may have unfavorable, sticky, slimy memories of oatmeal as a cold-morning-stick-to-your-ribs breakfast. If you're still eating the instant stuff...well, yeah! That's precisely what it is! But, if you really want to get the full benefits that oats can offer, please try steel-cut oats.

Most grocery stores have begun carrying these grainy delights in cans labeled "Irish Oatmeal." I bought a few of these cans, then when they were empty, refilled one with bulk oats from the health-food store, and the others have become cute catch-alls for nails, rubber bands...well, yeah just about little thing...But that has nothing to with cooking the stuff!

This oatmeal isn't quite as convenient as the instant stuff (it takes up to 30 minutes to cook), but if you make a large amount, it stores well in the fridge for a couple days, or you can even freeze it. Lately, my flavorite way to get my fiber in the morning is with Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal!

This treat fills the house with the cozy aroma of pumpkin pie, while filling me with fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, protein and calcium. Here's how I do it:
I start with 1cup of soymilk and about a 1/2 cup of organic pumpkin puree (thanks Trader Joe's!). I whisk this together and add cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and vanilla as it heats up. When it's come to the boil, I add 1/4cup of steel-cut oats, reduce the heat and stir constantly. When it reaches the desired consistency, I serve it with a dollop of plain soy yogurt. My apartment smells delicious all day, and I'm satisfied for hours! What better way to get your nutrients?!

Nuts and berries are also grand toppings for this dish, especially at other times of the year when pumpkin is unavailable! Try your favorites and enjoy good health!


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