Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Missing Your Oatmeal?

For those of us adhering to a Paleo way of eating, we are quite aware of the benefits our bodies experience when we cut out processed foods.  The first 2-3 weeks can be hellish as you go through mind boggling withdrawals - your body literally goes through detox.  It takes a solid 10-14 days to rid our body of the gut-inflammatory foods effects. It feels like it's simply not worth doing because your energy levels can hit rock bottom, your athletic performance is laughable and your mood is - to say the least - wicked.  After the 3rd week, however....magic!  You begin to shed excess fat, your energy begins to increase, you start to hit some pr's, your body just feels and starts to look good.  Suddenly, the food you gave up doesn't seem to be the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you dream about at night. 
That's not to say, however, that some of our "comfort" foods aren't missed, especially if those foods are convenient; like oatmeal.
Here's a great alternative to oatmeal that will leave you quite satisfied, especially if paired with some protein.  It has only 4 basic ingredients that should be staples in your kitchen and EASY to make.
This version contains super-hero ingredients that leaves oatmeal in the nutritional dust!

1 cup choice of nuts (I have used almonds, pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts - they all work well by themselves or combined with one or two)
1 apple cut into large chunks
1 tblsp cinnamon
1 cup water

Place ingredients in food processor and blend.

The consistency should be the same as cooked oatmeal.
Place mixture in saucepan and heat to boiling.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

I have added 2-3 small slices of banana to this for my kiddos - they seem to enjoy it better - and I always pair this with some protein (scrambled or hard boiled egg).

recipe courtesy of scott hagnas

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