A wonderfully warm fall, or anytime, breakfast with a boost of protein. Who doesn’t like pumpkin pie for breakfast? Now a guilt free option. Pumpkin pie flavored oatmeal.
Sundays are my prep day for the week. It is such a time saver during the work week. I enjoy the comfort of cooking before heading back to work on Monday knowing I have food for my breakfasts, lunches and some dinners ready for the week ahead.
It makes facing Monday morning, or any morning (I’m not necessarily a morning person but getting better) so much more relaxing. And I’m not running behind like I used to be on Mondays, which is not a good way to start the day or the week.
Another timesaver, stress reducer for the morning is to plan what you are going to wear the night before. It so takes out the stress of a rushed decision. It made not always but what you to wear when morning rolls around, but 9.5 times out of 10 it will be. So you are still ahead of the game.
I make up a pot of Crock-Pot Oatmeal Quinoa Porridge on Sundays so I have cooked oatmeal all week to use for breakfast and to add to my smoothies. More about adding oatmeal to your smoothie later.
Additional Health Benefits
Almond Milk – No cholesterol or saturated fat. Contains No dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg or MSG. Rich in manganese, selenium, Vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, tryptophan and calcium. Almond milk also contains flavonoids, which help to lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and protect the heart.
Quinoa – High in protein and contains all of the amino acids needed and is loaded with antioxidants. Gluten-free, not really a grain but a seed, Complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index. High in the minerals Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and (for women) Iron. The phytic acid found in quinoa can be reduced by either soaking or sprouting the quinoa before cooking.
Steel-Cut Oatmeal – rich in dietary fiber may coronary heart disease risk, low glycemic index making them a good choice for helping to maintain a balanced blood-glucose level, and in addition they contain nutrients and dietary fiber may help you reduce blood pressure. They are also rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.
Protein Powder – Supports your healthy metabolism. Naturally suppresses your appetite without stimulants. Helps control your blood glucose levels. Helps aid in liver detoxification so you can process fat more efficiently.
Coconut Oil – one of the few foods that are classified as a “superfood”. Contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) fatty acid considered a healthy fat. These go straight to the liver for a fast energy boost. Studies have shown that those eating MTC’s at breakfast eat less calories at lunch. May improve blood cholesterol levels.Cinnamon – It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Studies have shown it to lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and to fight the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
Cinnamon – It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Studies have shown it to lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and to fight the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
Ginger – Potent anti-inflammatory and natural painkiller offering relief for those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown protection against ovarian, prostate and colon cancers. Used for coughs, sore throats, stuffy nose, upset stomach and chronic indigestion. Contains potassium, magnesium, calcium and folate.
Pecans – excellent source of Vitamin E and beta-carotene, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. Contains important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
Dried Cranberries – high in fiber, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. May protect the cardiovascular system and detox the liver. Considered a natural aid for UTIs believed to be from the anti-oxidants. Rich in Vitamin C may help boost prove the immune system. (Use sparingly as they are high in natural sugars, as are all dried fruits.)
Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.
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