In my yoga class this morning, the teacher urged us to focus our practice on gratitude for our health and our ability to practice. She had been sick the day before and had one of those “I’m never taking my health for granted again” moments, to which I think we can all relate.
I always feel wonderful after yoga, but today I left feeling nearly euphoric. A light snow has covered Minneapolis, and Christmas lights are all around. Our apartment smells like fresh pine, and our kitty has been extra-lovey. My heart has been feeling very full, and overflowing with love….
Which kind of reminds me of these oats I make.
(What, you didn’t think I’d stay mushy on you the whole time, did you?)
I first learned about this awesome oatmeal trick from Angela at Oh She Glows (shocking, I know). The great thing about making oats with this magical ingredient (to be revealed soon, hold yr horses) is that you only need 1/4-1/3 cup of oats. Oats are full of good-for-you stuff, but if you have an entire cup of them, you’ll be filling up on lots of carbs and calories.
So how can you have a filling bowl of oatmeal, with so few oats?
Chia seeds. Magical, beautiful, wonderful chia seeds. These natural plant seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, are full of fiber, and are also packed with magnesium, calcium and potassium [source]. And because they keep you full, they’ve been linked to weight loss too.
But the coolest thing about chia seeds is that they make whatever you put them in sort of bubble up and expand in this really sexy way. Your 1/3 c of oats will turn into the voluminous, epic pot of nutrients.
So how does this all work? Here’s the foundation:
1/3 c oats
3/4 c Almond Milk
2 T chia seeds
1/2 ripe banana, mushed up
1 t maple extract (or vanilla)
spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg (about a teaspoon each)
Put all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk together every minute or so for about 4 minutes. Whisking is key!
You’ll know when they’re done, because they will be bubbling and beautiful and begging to be eaten.
But don’t eat them yet! Top them off with some goodies! I used a dollop of almond butter and some antioxidant-rich blackberries, but you can do any fruit/nut combo you want.
And here are my pretty oats posing next to some xmas decorations:
A perfect cold-morning breakfast!