5 Minute Breakfast: Goji Berry Oatmeal
You have heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Indeed it is, but it’s what you have for breakfast that really counts. Having breakfast with a good source of protein and a complex carb is important for many reasons. Protein (such as nuts and seeds, eggs or greek yogurt) and complex carbohydrates (such as whole grain oatmeal or quinoa) help balance blood sugar which you need for energy, brain function, a happy mood and craving control. A latte will not suffice!
I also understand that being on a time crunch is one of the most common reasons to skip breakfast. That’s why I’m delighted to share with you a breakfast recipe that takes minimal preparation the night before and is ready to eat in the morning with no preparation at all.
My recipe for 5 Minute Goji Berry Oatmeal is high in fibre and complex carbs (fuel for your brain) with a good source of protein from the nuts and seeds. (I do recommend soaking the nuts in filtered water prior to making this recipe for maximum digestion and absorption of their nutrients.) Goji berries are also high in Vitamin C which is an important antioxidant that helps us from getting sick in the cold weather and promotes detoxification.
This oatmeal can be prepared in 5 minutes the night before because you do not need to cook the oats! By simply placing them in a bowl and covering them with filtered water and a touch of apple cider vinegar, the oats actually become much easier to digest and can be eaten “raw”. The key ingredients are the apple cider vinegar and lemon, which breakdown (or ferment) the oats. It’s beneficial to do this even if you’d like to cook the oats.
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- Handful of goji berries
- Handful of organic walnuts or almonds (preferably previously soaked for 8 or more hours)
- Cinnamon or raw honey, to taste
- Chia or hemp seeds
- 1/8 tsp of Raw Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar
- Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Filtered water to cover the bowl of oats
Before you go to bed, place oats, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl. Ensure the oats are completely covered with filtered water, then cover with a clean towel or cloth. Let sit on the counter overnight.
In the morning drain any excess water if necessary and add remaining ingredients.
*Please note: you should not taste the vinegar. If you do, add a little less next time.