Thursday, November 8, 2012

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal

I'm often asked what I eat for breakfast. Breakfast seems to be a meal that people love or hate. I love it; easily my favorite meal. I understand not everyone relates to my breakfast sentiments. Part of the reason we have so many non-breakfast believers is partially related to eating dinner too late. A large dinner at that. If this is you, I could blanket you with suggestions. Most obviously, the portions and time of your meal need to be scaled back. That way you can make room for a delicious breakfast, like spiced pumpkin oatmeal.
Every season I tend to adapt my oatmeal accordingly. With fall in full swing, adding a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to oatmeal is a delightfully cozy way to start the day. The boost of vitamin A from the pumpkin, omega-3s from the chia seeds, and vitamin E from the pumpkin seeds help give your face a beautiful, healthy glow. Who needs make-up when you've got spiced pumpkin oatmeal?! :)
Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal
Serves a hearty 1, easily increased or adapted to your preferences

3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 1/4 cups water
3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon chopped dates
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
1 tablespooon chia seeds
1 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 tablespoon craisins

1. Combine oats, water, canned pumpkin, dates, and pumpkin pie spice in large microwavable bowl. 
2. Cook in microwave on high power for about 4 minutes (depending on what type of oats you use, check package for cooking instructions).
3. Top with chia seeds, brown sugar, pumpkin seeds, and craisins. Pour dash of soy or almond milk over oatmeal, if desired.

Tip: I cook the oats with dates vs. brown sugar to add potassium and other vitamins. The dates keep the oatmeal nice and sweet without too much added sugar. 

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