January Wellness Reboot, Part 2

I’ve decided. 2015 is the year for health and wellness. It’s also the year that we do it together, united in our quest for wellbeing. Last week I shared the five ways I’m working to reboot my wellness for the new year and asked you to share yours as well. So many incredible words of encouragement, tips and personal stories were shared by you — I felt overwhelmed with support. Personally, I find it hard to start a new challenge by myself, as I’m generally the only one keeping myself accountable. However your words inspired me and kept me strong throughout the week — thank you! Well, it’s been close to two weeks since I set out to live a healthier lifestyle and I must say that I am feeling lighter and rejuvenated. There have been some ups and downs and I may have learned that I become a little impatient when I’m hungry. But my body is starting to get used to the near-raw diet and the increase in water intake has my skin feeling hydrated despite the harsh NYC weather. But with this freezing winter weather comes a desire for a warm dish or a bowl of hot soup. As you know, on the raw diet, food is eaten uncooked and cold, so I wanted to share a recipe I made this weekend to make me feel a little a warmer this season.

I find that this oatmeal recipe is a great replacement for morning smoothies, especially on those chilly mornings. It will fill you up and give you the energy you need to start the day. Plus, it’s a crime how easy it is to make!


Raw Oatmeal Breakfast

1 cup steel cut oats

4-6 dates

2 cups water

1 red apple, chopped (I like honeycrisp)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 tbs raw honey or agave nectar


Soak the oats overnight in 4 cups of water and soak the dates in a separate bowl to make them blender-friendly. In the morning, drain the oats and rinse them thoroughly.

Use the water from the dates as part — or all — of the 2 cups needed to blend the oats. Next, place the oats, dates and water in a blender and blend on high for 20 seconds or until smooth.

Next, chop the apple into bite-size pieces. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and add apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top with honey, agave nectar and chopped nuts if desired.


I love this recipe because you can vary the fruits and add any other spices or nuts — I especially like using bananas and walnuts!


I am eager to know what you think of this recipe and to hear how your wellness reboot is going. Also be sure to check out #FPLetsMove, a day of fitness taking place at six different locations around the globe, uniting hundreds of people in movement, wellness, and health.

Check out more healthy lifestyle tips from the BLDG 25 blog!

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Sabrina Rajkumar
8 years ago

Dude. I am So doing this today. Been looking for an easy, feel-good raw breakfast for winter. Thanks and keep the raw recipes coming!!

8 years ago

Fruit chunks in oatmeal sounds delish! Oats are my favorite breakfast.

Warm Regards,

Overnight oats is something I keep meaning to add to my breakfast rotation. It would be so nice to have something filling and healthy. Thanks for sharing


8 years ago

It’s great to hear that you’re making progress in your goal and that you’re feeling better as a result. I have similar health goals, so this recipe is perfect for me. As much as I love smoothies, I don’t feel as satisfied when I drink them as I do when I eat something more hearty such as oats. Thanks for sharing!


8 years ago

Definitely trying this in the morning! I’m trying to go vegan and then make my way to a raw diet, so I’m super excited to try this. You guys had a recipe that I used to use ALL the time about two years ago. It was quinoa with banana and flax seeds and a bunch of other yummy stuff that I sadly can’t remember. You guys should definitely bring it back! Love these posts, my favorite blog by far.

8 years ago

I’ll definitely be making this tomorrow. It’s been -30 consistently in the mornings, so I’ve been looking for a replacements for my smoothies. Thanks!

julie // northern rustication

8 years ago

Oh honey that sounds delicious, but if I ate THAT much sugar in the morning (let alone fed it to my kids) I personally would be a wreck! I would prefer to swap the dates and agave for some healthy nuts. Try mixing in a couple of spoonfuls of your favorite nut butter into the blend, and then top with pistachios or something!
Totally up to you to chose what works for you and your body, but I’m not sure if you realise but this recipe has almost 70grams of sugar in it. (three days worth!). Not sure if this is helpful or just annoying, sorry if the latter, but thought you might be interested x

8 years ago

Hi Tani – I’ll be sure to mix in some raw almond butter next time! Thanks for the tip! xx

8 years ago

Really good, but do some research on agave. I hate that its in health shops etc, because its not good for you! Add honey if not vegan, or just a few extra fruits or maple syrup :)

8 years ago

Congratulations! Great idea on your raw oatmeal recipe…interesting comment re agave. Probably beside the point but I’ve been consuming about a cup of home-made kefir every morning with some organic veggie drink…really fills me up. Best to you!

8 years ago

This looks amazing and I’m so excited to try it!! But could you post the calories? I figured it out myself and it’s about 1000 cals…. seems really high to me! Did I add this wrong? Lol

8 years ago

Thank you so much Joanna! I’ve been doing this now for a couple of weeks and am over the moon. Love it’s nutty texture, and it’s esp delish w/ walnuts and raw cacao powder ;)