Olive Oil & Orange Oatmeal

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This morning I decided to be an oatmeal artist and put a spin on traditional oats by experimenting with some different mix-ins: orange for a citrus burst, almonds for vitamin E rich crunch and thyme for a savoury twist. The unique result is heart-healthy (its soluble fiber does wonders for cholesterol levels), diabetes-friendly (low glycemic index) and anti-cancer (antioxidants are found in every single ingredient). These oats are gorgeous, fresh, nutrient-dense and full of earthy and rustic aromas. They’re so scrumptious, they really give you a reason to rise and shine πŸ˜‰

It’s always best to make your oatmeal yourself, starting with plain oats as a blank canvas. This is because some packets of oats contain up to 8 tsp. of sugar and are high in sodium. When you create your own masterpiece, you have better control over what goes into your temple! πŸ˜‰

Let’s eat!

Satiating Orange, Olive Oil & Thyme Oatmeal

 

Yield: 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain oats (ideally steel-cut)
  • 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme (or more, to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring 3.5 cups of water to a boil, and add oats.
  2. Cook 5-10 minutes, until oats are creamy. Make sure you stir often to prevent burning.
  3. Add all toppings and mix well.
  4. Divvy up into 4 bowls and serve.
  5. Enjoy your most important meal of the day! πŸ™‚

Nutrition information (per portion) :Β 515 calories, 63 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams protein, 10.8 grams fiber,Β 145 mg calcium, 3.8 mg iron.

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