Sunday, March 30, 2008

A Very Balanced Breakfast

Mansi of Food and Fun is hosting Weekend Breakfast Blogging #20 this month. An event started by Nandita of Saffron Trail, Mansi chose the theme Balanced Breakfast Meals which immediately made me think of what Mr CC eats every morning of (almost) every day of the year: Organic steel cut oats with chopped apples, low-fat milk or yogurt, a sprinkling of cinnamon and some toasted almonds.

Mansi gave us several categories of healthy breakfast items, from each of which we had to choose at least one food. Well, the ingredients in Mr CC's breakfast were all there: grains, fruits, low-fat dairy, and nuts. The cinnamon is an added extra that packs a healthy punch when used on a daily basis, especially with high-glycemic foods. It turns out that cinnamon reduces spikes in blood sugar levels as well as reducing inflammation and cholesterol and I encourage its use.

Mr CC's Steel-Cut Oats
Serves 2
3/4 cup organic steel-cut oats
2 cups water
1 apple, chopped (preferrably organic)
1/2 cup low-fat milk or plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons toasted, slivered almonds
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Slowly whisk in the oats and cook until the water boils again.
Immediately turn the heat to low and simmer the oats for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Turn off the heat and allow the oats to sit, undisturbed, for another 5 to 10 minutes.
Stir and divide into bowls.
Divide the milk between each bowl then divide the chopped apples, dairy and cinnamon.
Top with the almonds and serve.

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