Eating for health and healing doesn’t mean you have to throw out all your favorite foods. Sometimes it just means you reinvent them a little. Sometimes you add to them to make them more nutrient dense. Sometimes you take away ingredients that don’t support health. Oatmeal is one of those foods that, with some alterations, can be part of a highly nutritious breakfast. The first thing you want to consider with oatmeal is that oats are often sprayed with glyphosate which has been linked to cancer as well as a long list of other health issues. Therefore, I always buy organic oats. Secondly, while technically oats should be gluten free, many times oats are cross-contaminated and it’s not unusual for them to contain significant amounts of gluten. For this reason, I always buy gluten-free, organic oats. Another thing you might want to consider is that some people who are sensitive to gluten may not do well with oats even if the oats are gluten free. This is true for myself and my husband. We rarely have oatmeal because we find we don’t feel our best after eating it, however our kids seem to do well with it and eat it once or twice a week. I see this oatmeal as an avenue to get a lot of nutrients in my kids to start their day. (If your kids need it to be sweeter, feel free to add a bit more maple syrup).
Super Food Oatmeal
1 serving organic, gluten-free oatmeal cooked per instructions (for fiber)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (magnesium for brain function and mood)
1 teaspoon flax seeds (omega-3 fatty acids - for brain health)
1/4 teaspoon Sodium Ascorbate/Vitamin C (to boost the immune system)
1 drop liquid Vitamin D3 (2,000 IUs) (to fight disease)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (zinc and manganese)
1 pat grass fed butter or ghee (good dose of healthy fat)
1/3 cup frozen or fresh berries (antioxidants to protect cells from free radicals)
As much almond milk as desired
Cook your oats according to the directions on the bag.
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