Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hot cereal for cold morning

Today I woke up and again it was 30 degrees!  I went to a yoga class at my favorite yoga studio.  It was nice and cozy since the room is heated to about 90 degrees.  A great workout and a wonderful way to start the weekend!   Unfortunately when I leave the class wet with sweat I get chilled walking back to the car. When I got home I decided to make a hot cereal, not something that I usually eat.  It is good for your body to eat in sync with the season - warming things in cold weather and cooling things in the summer.  So here is my version of a warming breakfast.

Apple Cinnamon Hot Cereal   (Serves 2 or 3 hungry people)
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened, vanilla
1/2 apple, chopped
1 Tbsp cinnamon (I like a lot but it makes the cereal brown. You can use less)
splash of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill 8 grain hot cereal
1/2 cup thick cut rolled oats
2 Tbsp flax meal
1 Tbsp chia seeds

Start by chopping the apple.

Heat the almond milk with the apple, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Bring to almost a boil and then reduce the heat to low and cook about 5 minutes until the apples are almost tender.

Stir in the maple syrup and the grains, flax meal and chia seeds.
Continue to cook over low heat, covered, until thick and grains are tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir midway through.

Serve topped with nuts of your choice (I used pecans) and a drizzling of extra maple syrup.

I must report that although this tasted delicious, it did not keep me full. I was hungry in a couple of hours, which is exactly why I don't eat hot cereal often!

How about you, is a hot oatmeal or cereal right to start your day?  Or does it leave your stomach growling in two hours like me?

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