Apple Cinnamon Oats w/Flax
1/3 c. Oats3/4 c. Water1/4 c. Chopped Apples1 tbsp. Chopped Pecan1 tbsp. Dried Cranberries
1 tbsp. Flax Oil
Cinnamon to taste
It’s that time of year… cooler days, ripe, juicy apples and cravings for warm comfort foods. I turn to oatmeal when I’m craving comfort. It fills me up and gives me energy for my workout!
My favorite oatmeal is a brand by Silver Palate. Place 1/3 cup of oats into a microwave safe cereal bowl, add ¾ c. water. OK, listen up, because here’s the important part: microwave on LOW power to avoid overcooking or bubbling over. All microwave ovens vary, so you might have to stay close and see how your oven is cooking. I put mine on 9:30 at power level 2 (20% power) and it comes out perfect. You can add your apples to the oats before cooking if you prefer softer apples. I like the crisp cold apples added after cooking. Add chopped pecans, dried cranberries, flax oil and cinnamon after cooking and enjoy this warm, yummy fall breakfast!
Oatmeal: Nothing else beats the supernatural power of oats but by feasting upon it every day. Yes, that’s how healthy they are! A daily consumption of oats especially during breakfast can lower blood cholesterol. It can also help reduce the risk of having a heart disease when paired with a healthy diet. Oats are rich in carbohydrates and fiber which can be served as an energy booster food. That’s right, you can replace your energy or protein drinks with oatmeal. Eat oatmeal 3 hours before you exercise. It helps increase your endurance. It also acts as an aid to burn fat more quickly and regulate your digestive system. Oats are also said to have cancer-fighting properties, according to the American Cancer Society. The nutrients found in oats are vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, and protein.
Flax Oil: Flax oil is derived from the pretty, blue-flowering flax plant. The oil, obtained from processing the seeds, is high in omega 3 fatty acids, especially alpha linoleic acid (ALA). Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal skin and body function, but they are not produced naturally by your body. The only way to get omega 3 fatty acids is from your diet. Foods high in omega 3s help your skin protect itself by increasing natural oils that your skin secretes on the surface. These fats and oils are critical for keeping your skin soft, protecting it from irritants and preventing it from drying out.
As an added benefit, omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, which help minimize redness and skin irritation. There is evidence that omega-3s can improve chronic skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), rosacea, acne, and psoriasis but only preliminary studies have been done. Omega 3s have been shown to aid in wound healing as well.