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Thursday, June 17, 2010

No Mush Allowed Gourmet Oatmeal

I could never stand eating oatmeal until my sister-in-law Kathy showed me that it didn't have to be mushy. I will be forever thankful to her because oatmeal is packed with good nutrition and sound weight loss principles.

Oatmeal has long been considered a health food and recently, a dieting food as well. It is a dieter’s dream meal: it is rich in nutrients and carbohydrates that by itself it can already be considered a complete meal.
Whole grain oats contain seven B vitamins, vitamin E, and nine minerals, including iron and calcium. B vitamins are necessary for weight loss because it helps your body not retain water, flushing it easily through the system and not allowing it to build up in the body. The quality and quantity of the protein in oats is far superior to that of wheat and many other grains.  As with all grains, when soaked before cooking, it becomes even more power packed with good nutrition.
No Mush Allowed Gourmet Oatmeal 

2 cups filtered water
Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
2 cups organic old fashioned oatmeal (not quick cooking)
1/2 cup chopped date bits (or chopped pitted dates)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup organic Coconut flakes (not the sweetened kind you buy in the store)
2 Tbsp. organic Maple Sugar
2 Tbsp. organic Brown Sugar
Raw cream or raw half and half

Bring the water to a boil in a 1/2 quart size pan and add salt.  When boiling, stir in oatmeal and dates.  Put the lid on and remove from heat.  Leave untouched for 10 minutes.  When 10 minutes are up, all of the water should be absorbed, and the texture of the oatmeal should be visibly not mushy.  Add Pecans, Coconut flakes, Maple sugar and Brown sugar.  Stir and serve with raw cream or raw half and half.  This gives you one of your calcium rich servings needed for good weight loss. (3 servings a day with a fat product is recommended for easy weight loss)  The Coconut raises your metabolism helping with weight loss.

You can be very creative with healthy options such as dried fruits; cranberries, apricots, etc.  Also you can change or add more nutritious nuts and seeds such as flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, etc.

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