It has been unusually cold in Arizona this winter and cold weather means HOT breakfast. I get to use more of my delicious porridge recipes this year which makes me happy. Sweaters and porridge don’t get a lot of mileage in Phoenix, a fact that I both relish and regret.
This morning I am eating my favorite porridge. It is simple and as nutritious as can be with 18 grams of protein, 30 percent of my daily iron needs, 16 grams of fiber, 400 calories and no added sugars and no bad fats, although I will admit to eating it with a nice Tablespoon of Earth Balance on top which adds another 100 calories and some saturated fats.
Here is the very simple and easy recipe.
In small saucepan stir 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup water, 2 T of dried fruit (my favorite is Trader Joe’s organic dried cranberries although I have been known to buy the HUGE bag of Ocean Spray Dried Cranberries at Costco when feeling particularly frugal), and a dash of salt. Turn the burner onto medium heat and bring to a boil, cook for 3 minutes or so with a good stir here and there to prevent burning. Turn off the heat and cook to preferred consistency. Add 3 T of Earthly Choice Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds and stir and serve. Yum! In under 10 minutes of kitchen time we have a delicious and healthy hot breakfast.
For my day at home away from others (I am in my first 24 hours with one of the bugs raging through the United States so contagious, meaning avoiding others completely) I finished with a nice homemade latte of Organic vanilla soy milk and started with a fresh squeezed glass of OJ, so my breakfast calorie total was 717 calories. This may sound like a lot of calories, but compare it to a fast food breakfast where just one McDonald’s Big Breakfast comes in at over 1000 calories for comparable amounts of protein (only one that has same amount of protein but less nutrition and a much higher glycemic index. )
Anyway, that is my recipe for the day, as to my exercise, I have two dogs who badly need an outing, as they just are demonstrating while chasing a bird through my already suffering garden, so gotta go….
Maybe later a poem or personal update.
But for now let me leave you with an awesome video to watch while you eat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?