I can’t believe it’s past the middle of August. Though if I look outside at all of the sepia tones here in Eastern Washington I’m not surprised. Also the smell of wildfires. Also the dust from the fields being plowed.
Yep, it’s definitely late summer in Eastern Washington. 🙂
I made this delicious cherry oatmeal yesterday for breakfast. In the past I haven’t liked cooking oatmeal on the stove, but I have to say I’m liking it! I’m not standing over it the entire time either. I will give gratitude to the extra water I’ve been adding. Usually 1/8 to 1/4 cup does it.
Nutritional Information // Calories: 320 • Fat: 8 g • Fiber: 7 g • Protein: 11 g • Calcium: 4% • Iron: 18% • Vitamin C: 8% • Manganese: 40% • Magnesium: 17%
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- 1 tablespoon Manitoba Hemp Hearts
- maple syrup to taste
- Add oats, water, and cherries to a small pot and bring to a boil on medium heat. Give it a few stirs and reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 7-10 minutes, until the oats are fluffy looking. Add more water if needed at any time-I do this if my oats don't look like how I want them to and they are sticking to the bottom, a little bit of water gets them going.
- Remove from heat, sprinkle with hemp hearts, and drizzle with maple syrup.
Besides tasting good, this modest bowl of oatmeal packs some health benefits too.
The cherries happen to be a natural source of melatonin, which helps us get to the Sandman faster. They also contain several components of cancer prevention including: fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. These same guys help with arthritis relief and post-workout relief thanks to the anti-inflammatories.
I remember trying hemp hearts for the first time just a few years ago. I made hempseed butter. These tiny soft particles with a unique powerful nutty flavor. I was smitten. I like to sprinkle them on salads, smoothie bowls, smoothies, oatmeal and chili. I’m sure the list could go on and on. Hemp seeds are a great source of omegas 3 & 6. They contain fiber and of course protein, both which help slow sugar’s absorption into the blood. Hemp contains a bit of every amino acid with higher quantities of the following: glutamic acid, arginine, and aspartic acid. Glutamic acid helps immunity, digestion, and energy production. I’ve bought arginine supplements in the past for more concentrated immune support. Aspartic acid is thought to help foster a healthy fast metabolism.
And lastly there’s fiber in the cherries, oats, and hemp which also means awesome poops! 💩 Awesome poop means you’re eliminating waste and ‘toxins’ from your body, which let’s be honest feels amazing. #betterpoopswithplants