Nutrient Dense Hot Cereal

Nutrient Dense Hot Cereal

This receipe has done wonders giving me a plethora of goodness keeping my energy stable throughout the day. It satisfies my sweet tooth without throwing blood sugar off and is jammed with yummy fiber! Make sure to stay well hydrated all day when adding this meal to your diet. 

Here is a casual recipe for this morning energy cereal to be enjoyed any time of year. There's a lot of room for measurement adjustments and ingredients to substitute as your taste buds desire. This recipe is very easy and great to pack on a camping trip. It can also be cooled down after cooked by adding cold milk (hemp, almond, cashew, oat, or cow) making it more reminiscent of the style of cereal a lot of us are used to. 

This recipe is for one serving, can feed 1 to 2 people, and can be easily multiplied. 

Steel cut oats, irish oatmeal, or buckwheat oatmeal / aprrox. 1 cup
Chaga mushroom powder / approx. 1 tsp.
Raw cacao powder / approx. 1 tbs. 
Turmeric powder / approx. 1 tsp. 
Flax seeds / tiny handful or 1 tbsp.
1 chopped apple (your preference of what's available and in season)
Raw honey or maple syrup (as much as you'd enjoy, and the highest quality you can afford)

Bring about 1 to 2 cups of water to a gentle boil. Once boiling add oats and apples. I then like to add the flax seeds to give them time to break down. You can even crush the flax seeds to open them up offering more nutrients to the cereal this way. Return water and added ingredients to a simmer. Add your dried powders, honeys, syrups and milks as you wish.

Simmer these all together on the stove until well mixed, softened and hot! Like I mentioned above, this recipe does not need exact measurements. I say let your taste buds be your guide. Finally, if you like your cereal cooled down like I do add your favorite milk and garnish with cinnamon, psyllium husk powder (if needed) and more honey or maple syrup if you wish. Enjoy!

NOTE: I do not recommend reading this NOTE while enjoying your delicious cereal, but I feel this is useful information. For those unfamiliar with psyllium husk powder let me explain briefly. It is a high fiber husk from the seed of a shrub plant called Plantago ovata. It is grown all over the world, but considered native to India. It is used as a bulk forming laxative by many and can be found in most health food stores processed in various ways. It is your responsibility to know your products and how they are made and sold to you the consumer. Enough with my lecture, back to psyllium.

Psyllium husk works on binding the stuck matter in the digestive tract, draws water from the colon and expands to then expel the waste. It's your part to drink a lot of water & beneficial liquids to help this process along. The nice thing about a bulk forming laxative like psyllium is they aid in not only constipation, but diarrhea and various food poisonings. A little sprinkle of this powder adds a nice texture to this recipe once all the ingredients are done cooking and right before serving. Please know that you do not have to add psyllium husk to this recipe at all! Let me also add that psyllium husk should not be used as a get-skinny-quick scheme. Whenever laxatives and other forms of supplements, diets, fasts, etc. are incorporated into one's lifestyle without thought, feeling, or enough information we can do some real damage. You can drain the body of it's protective flora, create nutrition deficiencies, and possible eating disorders. I'll be blogging about these issues at a later time. Please stay tuned for that.

Psyllium husk could be too much for your system. It's not that it tastes like an ice cream sundae anyway. It is to be used with understanding. All the ingredients listed are very capable of aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol, and managing blood sugar levels throughout the day. I add a pinch to mine when I feel the need, especially when traveling or in the winter time when my digestion can be quite sluggish. 

Always listen to your body and know what you're putting in it.