ūüφ- Delicious Raw Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal

My kids LOVE oatmeal. ¬†They eat it cooked and uncooked. ¬†Just like that. Nothing added! ¬†When I grew up, oatmeal and ‘PAP’ (something like corn grits/polenta). Every morning we would get a nice, steaming bowl of porridge. ¬†Of course, we would put sugar, cow’s milk and sometimes butter on it. ¬†It tasted like heaven! ¬†Now, as an enlightened adult, I don’t have sugar, cow’s milk or butter in the house. ¬†How am I going to eat my oatmeal if I can’t put those things on it?? Well, SO many things I have come to learn, make a delicious bowl of Oatmeal. I don’t have time to mention more than just this one‚Ķ…

To save time in the mornings and to cut down on the amount of time my stove is on and because it’s so crazy hot in CA, I decided to soak the oats (I used Coach’s Oats)¬†in¬†Almond Milk¬†overnight. I also soaked some dried figs in water for blending to go with the oats.

Come this morning, first thing the girls say to me, like every morning is “I’m hungry. What are we gonna eat?” I was ready for that question. Today we try Raw Oatmeal! Let’s give it a go and see what they think!

Please do keep in mind that even though I really try to remember to sort of measure things out, I honestly just eyeball everything.  Please adjust to your taste and family size….

 

ūüφ- Delicious Raw Overnight Oatmeal

 

1 Cup oatmeal*

2 Cups Water/Almond Milk or other Milk

Frozen/Fresh Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries or any other fruit at hand

Nuts – I like roasted, unsalted Pecans

Shredded Coconut

Figs soaked overnight and pureed

For a visually stimulating breakfast, layer the ingredients into a clear glass or bowl starting with the ¬†Oatmeal and finish off with a dollop of fig puree and some Coconut Shreds. if you’re in a hurry, mix all the ingredients together into a beautiful mess and enjoy!

*¬†For Gluten-Free Oatmeal, make sure the package says it’s GF!

Kids loved it and so did I!

 

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I have been reading up a storm lately!

I’ve been reading cookbooks, books on nutrition, and even a little bit of fiction! I just got Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin from the library-he is Ellen & Portia’s chef and even though I haven’t made anything from it yet, a lot of recipes look good, especially the homemade ravioli, the faux pho, and the chocolate chip magic bars. ¬†Awhile back I took out My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow and there are a lot of vegan recipes-the oatmeal raisin cookies and kale fried rice are excellent! ¬†Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 30 Day Vegan Challenge is very informative, especially if you’re first starting out eating vegan. ¬†I’ve also been rereading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn. ¬†There are some great recipes in those as well as a lot of ¬†vegan nutrition information. ¬†Alicia’s Hearty Pinto Bean Stew is one of my staples (I serve it with Gwyneth’s kale fried rice!) and Rip’s Jane’s Jammin’ Burritos are delicious. ¬†And if you have kids, Karen Le Billon’s French Kids Eat Everything might make you want to move to Paris!

-Abby

Cacao – What’s not to love?

ūüφ ¬†– I have lately been craving Chocolate again. ¬†Anything with chocolate. Oh boy, I tell you, right now I would dip EVERYTHING in chocolate and devour it! Lucky or unlucky for me, all I have is Cacao Powder. I usually keep some of Amy’s Chocolate Cake in the freezer for days like this. In my opinion, it’s a must-have, but now I don’t-have:) I like it so much I cut a slice and eat it frozen! Grrr, I really have no intention on eating the Cacao Powder as is, so I’m gonna have to just settle for nothing or come up with something…. Thought I would share some info I came across about the Nutritional benefits of this sexy and much desired Nut. Indeed, it is truly a Nut and not a bean!

Nutritional Value

Cacao powder contains several minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. All of these minerals are found in greater quantities in cacao powder than either cocoa butter or cocoa liquor.(1) Cacao solids also contain 230 mg of caffeine and 2057 mg of theobromine per 100g, which are mostly absent from the other components of the cacao bean.(2)

Flavonoids

Cacao powder is rich in flavonoids, a type of phenolic. The amount of flavonoids depends on the amount of processing and manufacturing the cocoa powder undergoes, but cocoa powder can contain up to 10% its weight in flavonoids.(1) Flavanols are one of six compounds further classified as flavonoids. Flavanols, which are also found in fruits and vegetables, are linked to certain health benefits linked to coronary heart disease and stroke. The topic of how flavanols benefit cardiovascular health is still under debate. It has been suggested that the flavanols may take part in mechanisms such as nitric oxide and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiplatelet effects.(3) Benefiting these mechanisms may improve endothelial function, lipid levels, blood pressure and insulin resistance.(3)

References

1. ¬†a b¬†Steinberg, F.M.; Bearden, M.M., Keen, C.L. (February 2003). Cacoa and Chocolate Flavonoids: Implications for Cardiovascular Health¬†103. pp. 215‚Äď223.

2. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24, (2011)

3. a b¬†Corti, R.; Flammer, A.J., Hollenberg, N.K. (2009).¬†Cacoa and¬†Cardiovascular Health.¬†Circulation. Contemporary Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine¬†119: 1433‚Äď1441.¬†DOI:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.108.827022. Retrieved November 9, 2011.

Veganpalooza

There’s a great online event happening right now (July 11-15) and it’s free! veganpalooza.com is the place to be to learn more about the vegan movement. The event features many leading vegan educators, such as Rory Freedman, Kathy Freston, and Rip Esselstyn. I just listened to Julieanna Hever discuss plant-based nutrition. You can either call in on your phone or listen to the conferences on your computer. ¬†Now I just have to schedule my days around listening to the conferences!

Impossible to ignore!

Of all the books out there¬†The China Study¬†by¬†Dr. T Colin Campbell¬†is the most scientific and very educating. Packed with information and details about clinical studies, the evidence is overwhelming. Eating a Western Diet we will live, but for sure we will NEVER thrive! We will not recover from illnesses without drug intervention. We firmly believe that prevention is indeed better than cure! Eat your way to health is the way we wanna raise our kids. This is the single most valuable gift we as mothers can give our families. We have an opportunity several times a day every day to add to the value of the rest of their lives and ours. Let’s step up to the plate and put some good stuff on it!