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Raw Oatmeal topped w/Walnuts and Pears...don't forget the Chia Seeds

Food:

Raw Oatmeal  I prep 10 containers for the week, 2 per day (Mon-Fri)

Prepped and ready to soak

2 1/2 c. raw buckwheat oats, 1/4c. goes into each container

10 T. sunflower seeds, 1 T. goes into each container

Directions:

1. Each night I take two prepped containers out of the my pantry (this is for Billy and me), remove the lid and cover the oats and the sunflower seeds with water. Place the lid back on the container and let the mixture sit on the counter over night.

2. In the morning drain the water off the oats and seeds for both containers, rinse and drain again. Empty the contents of both containers into a food processor. Add 1/4c. of your favorite milk (I use homemade almond milk, recipe is on the blog), process the mixture until you get the texture of oatmeal. You might need to scrape down the sides and process for just another minute. Set aside.

3. In two bowls add 1/4c-1/2c. of your favorite yogurt (we use Drake Family Farms Goat Yogurt, if you are vegan omit the yogurt or sub non-dairy yogurt). Divide the raw oatmeal mixture between the two bowls w/yogurt.

Toppings:

Pears, 1 between the two of us (the fruit changes seasonally, pears are a winter fruit and they have been on sale-bonus)

1 T. chopped walnuts and 1 T. ground chia seeds, for both bowls

Drizzle of raw agave nectar, or pure maple syrup

Nutrition:

Soaking nuts, seeds and grains allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. Soaking in warm water also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, present in all seeds, and encourages the production of numerous beneficial enzymes. The action of these enzymes also increases the amount of many vitamins, especially B vitamins. During the process of soaking and fermenting, gluten and other difficult-to-digest proteins are partially broken down into simpler components that are more readily available for absorption. (Courtesy of Food Matters)

Buckwheat- Buckwheat is a fruit not a grain and is wheat free, it is one of the best plant sources of protein. It is also rich in lysine, one of the amino acids that is lacking in many grains. Buckwheat is an excellent source of magnesium, which helps relax arteries and promote blood circulation.

Love:

My friend Gwen shared this recipe with me years ago, I think it was shared with her by one of our fabulous yoga teachers at the studio where we practice. I love this raw oatmeal because it easy to prep for the week and really easy to throw together in the morning before we get on with our busy day, oh and its healthy and delicious! The fruit changes seasonally so you can switch things up, the other bonus is that the oats, nuts and chia seed can be found in the bulk section of your market- I call that ‘getting the best bang for your bite.’ ENJOY!

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