Oats for Breakfast…

Years ago, after I learned that not eating breakfast was apparently compromising my longevity, I started waking up at 6:30 every morning in order to extend my life. At the time, my breakfast of choice was one of these convenient little packets…

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Since I hated eating breakfast anyway, choking down instant oatmeal was as easy as choking down anything else, and I thought I was being healthy because…oatmeal!! One fine day, I happened to look (bleary eyed) at the ingredients (not a regular practice at that time) and realized exactly how much sugar each packet contained. I quit those little packets posthaste and retained a healthy disgust of oatmeal since that time.

I do like oats though (in cookies and muffins, anyway), so this morning I tried a breakfast of fruit, sweet cashew cream, pecans, and about a quarter cup of raw oats. It was delicious! Apparently, oats don’t need to be cooked into a big mushy mess!!

Sweet Cashew Cream

Pour boiling water over cashews, let soak for fifteen minutes, and strain. Then put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth:

  • 1 cup of soaked cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 TBS maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

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And here’s breakfast: a fruit salad, topped with a quarter cup of whole oats, a couple of tablespoons of the cashew cream, pecans, and crunchy coconut chips…

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…and, eventually, a handful of dried cranberries (because it needed something chewy…oh, and cranberries are good for you!):

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It was so delicious that it tasted like dessert!!

And here’s the even healthier version–with pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

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According to Dr. Michael Greger, not eating nuts and seeds is the third leading cause of death and disability in the world! Apparently, the equivalent of a handful of nuts/seeds (about a quarter cup) five days a week will do it. Indeed, two long-running Harvard Medical School studies indicate that “…people who ate nuts every day lived longer, healthier lives than people who didn’t eat nuts,” said study co-author Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. The report, in  New England Journal of Medicine, showed that daily nut-eaters were less likely to die of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Overall, the daily nut-eaters were 20% less likely to have died during the course of the study than those who avoided nuts. (Peanuts, which are actually legumes, counted as nuts in this study).”

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