A good morning starts with a Superfood Oatmeal Bowl. A healthy blend of oats, goji berries, flax seeds, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and sliced almonds. This supercharged oatmeal bowl offers a serving of whole grains, Omega-3s, fiber and a whole array of vitamins and minerals.
Is oatmeal a superfood?
Oatmeal has a high content of soluble fiber. They are plentiful in the antioxidant Vitamin E, which may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases. And as a whole grain, meaning the germ and bran are not removed from the grain, you get all the antioxidant, vitamin and minerals that are present in the plant. Yay plants! So, yes, I’d call oats a superfood.
However, instead of focusing on one particular food as a superfood, it’s probably better to build an entire meal – a superfood breakfast. That’s what this oatmeal bowl is – a custom built bowl stacked with a whole bunch of antioxidant rich foods that taste amazing together.
And this oatmeal is NOT BORING!
Superfoods in this oatmeal bowl: goji berries, cacao nibs, oats, flax seeds, hemp seeds, blueberries, almonds.
What are cacao nibs made of?
Lately I’ve been slightly addicted to oatmeal with cacao nibs sprinkled on top. They’re so crunchy and taste slightly of chocolate and coffee at the same time – which is perfect at breakfast!
Cacao nibs are simply crushed cacao beans (the raw material of chocolate). Cacao is not sweet like chocolate, BUT as the saying goes, the more bitter the greens the more healthy; and this is true with cacao as well. It packs a powerful dose of nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber.
Dr. Annie Fenn of the BrainHealthKitchen says “Nibs provide more of the flavonoids from the cacao, which are the phytonutrients known to improve brain function and possibly even reverse memory decline.“
- Cacao can be added to smoothies – like this blueberry cacao power smoothie or this banana cacao breakfast smoothie.
- Cacao nibs are the star of this brain healthy snack – Nutty Cacao Brain Bars
- Or try this Orange, Squash and Cacao Nib Salad – sounds right up my alley!
How to Make this Healthy Oatmeal Bowl
As I discussed above, it’s more beneficial to think about your whole meal as a superfood rather than one individual ingredient. If you can put a bunch of these powerhouse ingredients together in one recipe like this one – HIGH FIVE to YOU!
Goji berries are like bright little raisins, kind of sweet, but more fruity. Their health benefits have been long enjoyed in Asia. Goji berries contain all the healthy antioxidants that all berries have, but are known for their carotenoid content which is beneficial for the eyes!
The addition of fresh blueberries, just adds to the antioxidant punch!
TO MAKE THE OATMEAL:
A quick 5 minute simmer on the stovetop followed by a sprinkle of hemp, cacao, almonds and fresh berries and you will have built a superfood oatmeal bowl built for a champion of health! THIS BOWL is BIG and it will fill you up for hours.
A healthy blend of oats, goji berries, flax seeds, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and sliced almonds. This supercharged oatmeal bowl offers a serving of whole grains, Omega-3s, fiber and a whole array of vitamins and minerals.
Add the oats, goji berries, almond flour, flax seeds, coconut sugar and plant based milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a bubble, turn down and simmer until soft ~ 5 minutes. Stirring to prevent sticking.
Fill up your favorite cozy bowl and add all the toppings. Add a splash of milk over the top for extra creamy goodness. Add a sprinkle of coconut sugar over the top, if desired.
Enjoy + be happy! You've treated yourself well here.
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