Creamy Spinach Oatmeal. Don’t knock it ’til you try it

On May 16, 2013

There are always 2 things I’m trying to get a handle on

  1. Finding a mega healthy breakfast to start my day in the right way
  2. Avoiding sugar.  But damn it, that bastard is everywhere

So here’s the deal.  If you have sugar in the morning your blood sugar is going to spike.  And what goes up, must come down, right?  Right.  As your blood sugar starts to come crashing down, you just crave more of the sweet stuff.  And so it goes, all the live long day.

So how, you ask, do you avoid this proverbial roller coaster?  You avoid it from the get go.

Steer clear of all sugar in the morning.  That, dear readers, is  a real balanced breakfast.  No matter what the commercials say, OJ and bowl of processed sugar shapes will not keep you full and focused.

Here is my latest attempt to get a handle on #1 and #2.  With a bonus #3 of having veggies for breakies (my pet name for breakfast. Go with it….)

creamy spinach oatmeal

Creamy Spinach Oatmeal

Servings: 1
Time: 10 minutes
What you need: a small pot with lid, fine mesh sieve

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, but it’s a great metabolism booster)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons nut or seed butter of your choice.  I really love Sunflower Seed Butter or Nutso
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of apple or pear butter OR 1 teaspoon of raw honey

Directions

Rinse oatmeal in a fine mesh sieve and put it in a pot with water, sea salt, vanilla extract, cayenne pepper (if using), coconut oil or butter and bring it up to a boil.  Then cover, and reduce to a low simmer for about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Uncover the pot and add in your handful of spinach, stir well and allow it to wilt down.  Continue to to let it cook for another 2 minutes while you clean up the kitchen.  Put 1-2 tablespoons of nut or seed butter at the bottom of your bowl.  Cover it with the oatmeal, and drizzle your apple butter, pear butter or honey over top.  Add an extra sprinkle of sea salt, cayenne or even cinnamon, if desired.

 

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