In the spirit of fall, I just had to post something fall like! Oatmeal was a big staple in my diet before discovering paleo. I ate it just about every single morning for breakfast. I will sometimes still throw it in when I feel I am pretty depleted of carbs, 80/20! I started reading the book, It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and gosh do I wish I read this right when I started on my paleo journey. I haven’t been able to put it down and I am definitely going to give a Whole30 a try when I am done in hopes to learn more about my insides and what fuels me the best for my type of physical activity. I will share my journey with all of you of course!
Grains or better yet, whole grains are commonly seen as “healthy” in today’s society. Dallas and Melissa do an excellent job at “dumbing” down the science as to why grains are not healthy so people like me can better understand it! Seeds of plants in the grass family is what makes up the grain. The purpose of the seeds are solely for reproduction of the plant (not for us to eat). These seeds need and store energy in order to grow and the primary source of the energy stored is in the form of a carbohydrate. When these grains are collected, they go through a refining process and once they are refined, they are made into edible products (white bread, OATMEAL, desserts, snacks, etc). What most people don’t know is that refined grains lack most of the original nutrients but still contain almost all of the calories. Gosh dangit… All those heatlthy breakfasts I thought I was having, I was just depriving myself of the real and actual nutrients that I really needed and thought I was getting. Good news is, I/we can get those nutrients from REAL WHOLE foods, not processed refined grains.
If you are like me and dearly miss the good ole oatmeal breakfast with berries and nut butters, try this out instead! You can make a bunch at a time and have breakfast waiting for you each morning! Win, win.
Paleo Apple Cinnamon “Oatmeal”
- 1 medium/large head of cauliflower, shredded
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 medium apple, chunked
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 tblsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 4 eggs, whisked
- Place a large pot over medium heat and add the almond milk.
- Cut the head of cauliflower into florets and use the shredding attachment of your food processor and shred.
- Cut apple into bite sized chunks.
- Once the milk is simmering, add the apple and shredded cauliflower and stir well. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add cinnamon and maple syrup and stir well and let simmer for another 5 minutes. If you notice excess liquid, dump it out before adding the spices. This will depend on the size of your head of cauliflower.
- Turn the heat off and add the whisked eggs, stir well. Let sit for 3-5 minutes for eggs to cook.
- Optional toppings: chocolate chips, additional cinnamon and maple syrup, full fat coconut milk, fruit.
- Enjoy 🙂