It’s not very often that I start my day with a sweet meal. In fact, sweet breakfasts only happen when my hormones are running the show. I hope you get my drift *wink*.
If I choose not to satisfy my sweet cravings when I get them, I find that things spiral out of control and I end up bingeing on very random stuff throughout the day. Not so good!
Oatmeal for me is a dessert. I love to cook mine on the stove with lots of unsweetened nut milk and cinnamon. Sometimes I’ll add mashed bananas for extra sweetness and as a source of prebiotics.
If I want my oatmeal extra special, I’ll add a splash of vanilla extract. Once cooked, I top it with lots of fruits, usually berries or apples, fresh yoghurt, and a sprinkle of mixed seeds.
I prefer to eat oatmeal at night because it is easier on my digestive system and it also helps me sleep very well at night. I initially thought I imagined its effect on my sleep, but after doing some more research, I’ve found out that my experience is legit!
Oats are, in fact, a good source of the essential amino acid (you can only get it through your diet) tryptophan, which amongst many other vital functions helps to regulate sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping, I would suggest eating a generous portion of oats a couple of hours before you retire at night.Print
- 75g jumbo or steel-cut oats
- 200ml unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ small ripe banana, mashed
- 50g raspberries
- 50g blueberries
- 1 tsp mixed seeds
- 2 tbsp soy or coconut yoghurt
- 1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
Combine oats, milk, cinnamon, and mashed banana in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thick. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly then top with berries, yoghurt and mixed seeds. Drizzle with agave nectar if using and eat immediately.