Breakfast Bloggin’

If you’re anything like me, the obligatory bagel with peanut butter doesn’t always appeal.

It’s delicious, it’s easy and filling, but some days I just need something new and exciting!

Something that smells like chocolate…and has a bit of a crunch…

Chocolate Trail Mix Oatmeal

  • ½ cup oats (quick is fine, but I prefer regular because they don’t get as soggy)
  • ¾ – 1 cup almond milk
  • Handful chopped walnuts
  • Handful chopped pecans
  • Handful raisins or dried cranberries
  • Cocoa powder or a handful of cacao nibs
  • 1 T chia seed
  • 1 T ground flax*
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

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Mix it all together, and toss in the microwave for about 3 minutes.  The stove also works perfectly well, but I’m in a “reducing dirty dishes” mindset these days.IMG_2270

*Speaking of flax, did you know that our bodies can’t break down the seed as well as ground flax?  Unless you chew them – and let’s face it, between showering, yoga and hair styling on Monday morning, who has time to concentrate on chewing flax seeds? – your body won’t benefit from their goodness. 

Definitely opt for ground flax, but note that it does spoil.  If you have a coffee/spice grinder you can make your own from seeds.  Otherwise, keep the ground flax in the freezer.

The beauty of this meal is that you can toss in whatever you have on hand.  Throw on a sliced apple or banana after you’ve nuked it.  You could swap out some of the oats for other grains, or use a pre-mixed 12-grain cereal.  Your options are endless!

And hey guys – eat breakfast! It’s so easy to prep something the night before, or keep granola bars on hand.  We don’t have excuses not to eat in the mornings anymore.  Have left-over pizza, for goodness sake.  Just show your bod some morning love!

Stay savvy,

*Lou

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