I don't know about you, but I am very much a creature of habit. I've told you about my ginger lemon ‘tea' cubes which make that morning habit/routine much easier, so it only makes sense to share with you another morning routine made easy with a little advance preparation. In truth, I've never been much of a traditional ‘breakfast food' person. I could go years without waffles, pancakes, eggs or a bowl of oatmeal and never miss them (but bacon…completely different story!) I was forever one of those people who just didn't eat breakfast, until common sense held sway. Now that I appreciate the importance of breakfast, I needed to find something that was tasty but also gluten-free. And in my ever on-going quest to get enough fiber in my diet, I wanted something that could fulfill a good bit of the 28 grams of recommended fiber per day. Enter my oat, chia and berry breakfast bowl.
Just 3 ingredients are needed to make this yummy, nutritious, fiber-filled, easy and make-ahead breakfast bowl…yup…oats, chia seeds and berries. But, I often do top mine with some chopped pineapple and slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds.
The health benefits of Oats have been touted for years. The particular soluble fiber, beta glucans, contained in oats has been established to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and may also lower insulin resistance, improve the body's ability to fight certain cancers and reduce the risk of obesity. 1 cup of rolled oats contains 4 grams of fiber.
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Chia Seeds are just a great little seed. One ounce of the little ch-ch-chia seeds provides 11 grams of fiber! And if that's not enough, they are also rich in protein, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.
I buy a bag of Cascadian Farms Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend from Costco which contains blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Berries as a whole are rich in antioxidants which can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And 1 cup of my frozen berries also contain 4 grams of fiber.
I typically make a batch of my oat, chia and berry breakfast bowl on Sunday, which then lasts me for the next 5-6 days. Sometimes I just spoon it out and sometimes I'll just barely warm it up in the microwave to take the chill off.
Having a container of my oat, chia and berry breakfast bowl in the fridge makes it easy for me to eat healthy on a regular basis. I told you I a was a creature of habit and I wasn't joking. If it's 6 a.m., you can be sure I am drinking my ginger lemon ‘tea', with another cup of green tea brewing , and enjoying my berry bowl. Hmmm…maybe tomorrow I'll go a little crazy and drink the green tea first! Or, maybe I'll add slivered almonds instead of pumpkin seeds to my bowl?! Say what?
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