I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… One of the things I miss most about my prior eating ways was the cereal in the morning. I loved cereal so much, I would often eat it at night too! Something about the crunch with the milk made me addicted.
Unfortunately, boxed breakfast cereal is one of the unhealthiest things you can put in your body… even the healthy organic ones! They are over-processed, most are GMO-laden (did you know Kashi’s GoLean Cereal tested for for 100% GM ingredients?!?) and they are down right toxic to the body!
I tried soaked granola to get that morning crunch but something about it gave me really bad gas pains and made me feel bloated and uncomfortable. Sarah, at The Healthy Home Economist has an interesting take on why soaked granola is probably not the best option. So, that was out of the picture.
Now being a mother of a toddler, I had to find something that was yummy, easy and nutritious for breakfast. Eggs were becoming a little redundant so I asked my pediatrician what she thought. Being that my pediatrician also follows the Weston A. Price diet, she suggested making soaked oatmeal. It’s not crunchy but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot- plus, momma was getting desperate trying to figure out new alternatives!
What a hit! Andrew loved it. Mommy loved it. Daddy loved it. And even Grandma and Grandpa loved it! Not only that but because we soak the oatmeal over night, it breaks down difficult to digest phytic acid, releases the nutrients and makes your tummy feel full for longer!
Add some good fat with it and it makes the nutrients even more readily available because the fat helps absorbs them.
Did you know that’s what people way-back-when used to do? Soak their oats and make a breakfast porridge– what happened to those days (convenience and laziness anyone?)?
One of the best parts about having soaked oatmeal for breakfast is it’s easy to make and it’s easy to get into a routine to remember soaking it. I simply do it at night after the dishes are done!
- 1 cup organic extra thick rolled oats (find it here)
- 1-2 TBL raw apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice (find it here)
- 1 cup filtered water
- pinch of unrefined sea salt (find it here)
- Raw cream, raw milk or pastured butter (I use cream)
- Raw maple syrup or raw honey (find quality maple syrup here, **local honey is best but you can also find quality honey here)
- In a bowl, mix 1 cup oats with 1 cup filtered water
- Add 1-2 TBL apple cider vinegar, stir and cover. Let sit overnight
- In the morning, rinse oats very briefly and pour into saucepan. **Technically, you are not supposed to rinse them as they wash out nutrients and traditionally were not rinsed. If you don’t want to rinse them but the slightly sour/lemony taste is too strong, use less acidic medium when soaking
- Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil
- Boil for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously
- Mix a little sweetener and add cream, butter or milk and stir
Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul