Really, Really Raw Oatmeal
Today is day 5 of 40 on my journey of eating a 75% raw plant-based diet. This process is quite humbly before because I LOVE cooked food. In fact, cooked food is an understatement – I like food that is very hot right out of the pot! This is truly an act of discipline that will carry over into many other areas of my life. Thus far, I have generally allowed myself to eat one “cooked” mean per day. Ironically, I am finding that I am getting full faster and my desire for “junk food” is decreasing. Over the last 2-3 months I’ve come to realize that I can be an emotional eater – I identify that as a person who consume certain foods depending on how that feel….not a good thing. I’ve decided that I WILL NOT LET MY STOMACH RULE OVER ME! Most importantly, this cannot be a temporary realization because I do not want temporary change. One of the hardest things for me to do some times is to eat breakfast. I know green meal smoothies/drinks are great in the morning, but I wanted to do something different that is raw. I found the solution….OATMEAL.
I am not an oatmeal fan, but I went to Chicago RAW and tried the Really Raw Oatmeal.
It was very flavorful, but even with my sweet tooth it was too sweet for me. I also found that while I liked the smooth texture, I like a little bite to my oatmeal. This is when I created my REALLY, REALLY RAW OATMEAL
I decided to use the Really Raw Oatmeal in my creation because I loved the flavor and it is one of the most economical raw food items that I’ve found. I took the flavors in the Really Raw Oatmeal and I make it my own. so here’s what I did:
1 cup of raw organic oats
1/2 c of organic apple juice
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 granny smith apple (chopped)
1/4 c of raisins
1/2 c of walnuts (crushed)
I soaked the raw oats in apple juice overnight to give it a dynamic fruity flavor. You can use more or less apple juice to obtain the texture that you like. The more liquid that you use the softer your oatmeal will be. I wanted mine soft enough to eat, but with a little texture. I added a few spoons of the Really Raw Oatmeal to my mixture (you don’t have to do this you can add some agave nectar or honey to sweeten to taste). I then added the remainder of the items listed above.
I mixed all of the items together and I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful this is. In fact, it is so filling for me that I can only eat a small amount each morning. For the last 5 days I have been having about a 1/4 c of this raw oatmeal each morning to start my day. woo hoo! Many thanks to Chicago RAW for giving me the foundational flavors needed to make this morning meal. So, if you are looking for a flavorful raw breakfast try some raw oatmeal