On Wednesdays We Eat Pink Oatmeal (with Roasted Bananas)
Oatmeal can be boring - but nonetheless necessary.
As Director of Community at Meal Garden, I recently noticed that a heck of a lot of our new "mom" users were scheduling oatmeal for breakfast on their meal plan, so I felt called to do something oat-inspired. At the same time, I knew pleasing the “mom community” wasn’t easy, so I teamed up with the perfect expert – Amanda from Multi-Testing Mommy, to create a recipe for the masses (or my friends + any moms Amanda can convince to have faith in my sometimes over-the-top meal concoctions).
[Side note: this gave Amanda and I the excuse to visit Nature’s Emporium…which is basically heaven for your typical health-nut foodie such as myself.]
So, without further ado…let’s get oatey!
A quick and easy breakfast, and dare I say - a perfectly suitable lunch or dinner. Warming and soothing on a frigid winter day, or prepped ahead and served with fresh or frozen berries as a summer treat - oatmeal is likely one of the most versatile no-fail foods out there. I’d like to hype it up further by declaring that oats really are one of those underrated SUPERFOODS that you can easily find at any basic grocery store.
“I thought superfoods had to be expensive, green, and come in fancy glass jars?”
Think again my friends!
Why oats deserve the superfood (“Kiki-Approved”) health check:
- Loaded with soluble fiber, which, in addition to lowering cholesterol, helps keep blood sugar levels under control.
- Higher in protein than most other grains, and are also very high in many vitamins and minerals (such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and folate).
- High in antioxidants (including those that help to dilate blood vessels - leading to better blood flow).
- Keep you satiated and feeling fuller, longer. This is because of the particular type of soluble fiber they contain (beta-glucan), which delays the time it takes your stomach to “empty” of food.
Basically, there is a reason porridge is a pantry staple in every household.
Unfortunately, oatmeal gets a bit of a bad rap - it sorta looks like slop, after all.
In an effort to turn oatmeal into something fabulous, since it really does deserve to be served with some extravagance and respect → introducing: Pink Oatmeal with Roasted Bananas.
I’ve added a few mega-health-boosters, just incase an already healthy breakfast isn’t incredible enough to fuel you for the morning - this will do it.
High on pink oatmeal. It’s a thing.
- Rich in antioxidants and a great source of fiber - I used ground tigernuts (i.e. flour) to add a natural sweetness as well as to bulk up the porridge. It also adds a prebiotic element to the meal, as tigernuts work to fuel the positive gut bacteria that keep your entire digestive system running smoothly → hello, talk about the perfect start to your day!
- Not only do pureed beets turn this bowl into a stunning pink beauty, they are filled with nitrates, which the body process into nitric oxide - relaxing and dilating blood vessels. In simple terms, this means better circulation, and possibly lower blood pressure. Beets are my pre-workout go-to - and now you know the science behind it.
Camu Camu Berry Powder
- Adding a citrusy tangy flavour to really keep your tastebuds on high-alert: half a teaspoon of this superfood powder serves as 400% of your daily recommended Vitamin C requirements. Check.
- Roasting bananas - i.e. literally popping them into the oven with the peels on - softens them up and releases this delightful smokey banana goodness that will make you wonder why you’ve never thought of this genius hack before...
- Arguably the “healthiest” possible way to eat an already nutrition-powerhouse of a food (cacao). The nibs are just the peeled and chopped up version of the raw, unprocessed cacao beans, making them about half oil and half fibre residue of the beans (and ‘hundo-p’ delicious). Rich in antioxidants, cacao is special because it contains anandamide, known as the “mood improver” or bliss molecule, which is responsible for feelings of euphoria.
- Rich in beneficial omega fatty acids and is a complete protein - why would you NOT top your dish with these little hearts of gold?!
- Loaded with fibre, in fact, almost all the carbs in them are fibre, so it won’t spike your blood sugar (as it doesn’t require insulin to be disposed of) and thus it’s a low-carb friendly food.
So say goodbye to boring porridge and say “Please Sir, I want some more…” of that good old Pink Oatmeal with Roasted Bananas.