Recipe by Krista A. Parr
Whether it’s back to school, back to work, or adjusting from the lazy days of summer, September is an ideal time to establish a routine of positive, healthy eating habits. Committing to breakfast each day is a great place to start. If you get up really early and have no appetite in the morning, try to have at least a piece of fruit and a couple nuts or spoonful of yogurt. But in order to jumpstart metabolism and provide efficient energy for the day ahead, I encourage a proper meal to “break the fast” that occurs while you sleep. When trying to establish any kind of habit or routine, planning ahead sets you up for success. Because this spiced oatmeal requires that you soak the oats in water the night before, you are more likely to actually eat it in the morning – it’s already almost ready! In order to save even more time in the morning, I would also suggest measuring out the dry spices in a small dish the night before, and maybe even leaving the bottle of vanilla extract and cooking pot out on the counter with the cooking water already in it. Packed with fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and healthy fats, this warm, comforting, easy-to-digest breakfast is a superstar for anyone needing clean-burning fuel for a busy day.
1/3 cup whole rolled oats
1/3 cup filtered water (to soak oats overnight in)
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 free-run egg, whipped with a fork or whisk
1/3 – 1/2 cup filtered water (to cook the oatmeal in)
1 Tablespoon pure, dark maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch sea salt
Optional toppings: yogurt, milk, berries or other fruit, nuts, seeds, raisins, etc.
Place oats in a bowl with the water and apple cider vinegar. This starts to break down the oats, making them soothing to your digestive system. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave on the counter overnight.
In the morning, place oats, water, whipped egg, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices in a small pot. Bring to a simmer over high heat and then quickly lower heat to medium or medium-low, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and simmering until all of the water is absorbed and your oatmeal is thick and creamy (takes less than 5 minutes).
Enjoy as-is, or top with a dollop of plain yogurt, a handful of berries or other fruit, and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds.