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
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.
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