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Berry-Licious Baked Oatmeal for Snowy Mornings

Feb. 22nd 2015

When Mother Nature dumps an insane amount of snow – over 91 inches – within a few weeks, you simply have to embrace it.

My perfect snow day includes a simmering pot of soup and a great read by the fire. After the storm, when the sky is brilliant blue against the stark whiteness of the snow, this Baked Oatmeal is the bomb before heading out snowshoeing.

Here’s to embracing winter!

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Baked Berry-Licious Oatmeal
Hearty and slightly sweet this Baked Oatmeal is morning comfort food for body and soul.

2 cups rolled oats*
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional)**
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
scant 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups coconut milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
3 cups frozen mixed berries
2 bananas sliced
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil.

Combine oats, 1/2 cup of the pecans, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, lightly beat egg. Stir in maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla. Place sliced bananas on bottom of dish. Layer berries over the bananas. Spread oats on top of berries. Slowly pour coconut mixture over oats. Smash down a bit with the back of a spoon to ensure all of the oats are coated by the coconut milk mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans and flaked coconut on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden in color.

*Make sure you use regular oats and not instant oats. I love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats in this recipe.

**I’ve made this recipe both with and without the maple syrup. Either way it’s delicious!

This healthy breakfast also makes a wonderful snack.

Oats are one of my favorite grains. Energetically, they warm and strengthen the body which is so important during the winter months. Oats lower cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar and help to regulate thyroid function. Considered an adaptogen, they help to keep the body in balance by improving our response to stress. Throw in those antioxidant rich berries and you have a breakfast practically guaranteed to give you super powers!






Posted by Deborah Buell | in Blog, Breakfast / Brunch, Brunch, Conscious Eating, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Winter | Comments Off

Ditch the Winter Cleanse

Jan. 25th 2013

It’s super trendy and it seems that everyone is doing it these days. Cleansing. Not me. Nope. Cleansing in the midst of winter feels counterintuitive. I truly believe that if it feels wrong, then I should honor those feelings. I have a hunch I’m not the only one that has said “no” to the mass messages of starting the New Year with a cleanse.

Many cleanses are liquid based – Master Cleanse and juice cleanses for example. Others rely heavily on raw foods. Neither of which will keep me from shivering all day long when the high is forecast to be 17 degrees! Give me soup, roasted vegetables, warming spices and the occasional hot chocolate (made with almond milk of course). I advocate eating clean during the winter and cleansing in the spring which follows the natural rhythms of the seasons and is better for our bodies.

Here are my top tips for eating clean during the winter:

  1. Drink water. Especially first thing in the morning. It helps to flush all toxins out of our cells. Do this every day! Adding lemon gives you a nice dose of vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and supports detoxification. I recommend  heating your water and letting it cool slightly before adding the lemon, as the heat will compromise the vitamin C.
  2. Cook at home.  Roast, steam, stir-fry.  Incorporate healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and avocado to reduce winter dryness.
  3. Use warming spices like cinnamon, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, clove, and ginger to add flavor and ignite your inner fire.
  4. As it is the season of reflection and going inward, try journaling either first thing in the morning or just before bed.  Turn off your inner editor and just let the words fly.  No need to worry about grammar or spelling.
  5. Get plenty of sleep. Winter is a time for hibernation. Fall into the groove by going to bed a little earlier.
You’ll be amazed at how good you feel!

Posted by Deborah Buell | in Blog, Conscious Eating, Healthy Eating, Winter | Comments Off

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