Paleo Porridge

While I don’t consider myself “Paleo” many of the concepts of the diet are naturally part of my families eating lifestyle.  When I came across this recipe for a warm oatmeal like breakfast I was intrigue and gave it a try.  It got three thumbs up from J, Trey, and myself!
I like to make a big batch so it’s ready for a high protein breakfast or pick-me-up snack in a jiffy. 

Paleo Porridge
Recipe from www.thepaleomom.com
Ingredients:

1.    Process coconut, walnuts, almonds, pepitas and flaxseed together in a blender or food processor until finely ground and blade starts to seize.
2.    Boil water in a kettle or in the microwave.  Pour into a microwave-safe container and mix in honey if using. 
3.    Stir ground nuts into hot water.  Add protein or other fixins.
4.    Heat in microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir once more.  Let sit for 3-5 minutes to thicken.  Enjoy!

Variations:  Just like traditional porridge, you can stir in some extra ingredients at the end to change the flavor.  Here are some ideas, but feel free to experiment!

 

Filling Up On Fiber

Check out the Iowa Life section in the Des Moines Register today to learn more about fiber!  The article entitled “Get healthy: FIber is key to a healthy lifestyle” has great info on the importance of fiber in your diet. You may also see a quote from a familiar face 🙂

You may notice the most important purpose of fiber is not mentioned so I’ll shout it out here….FIBER HELPS KEEP YOU REGULAR! 🙂

One of my tips and tricks to increasing fiber in your daily diet is to add in ground flaxseed. See my post from last week: Bring on the Flax!

How do you make sure you get the recommended daily amount of fiber?  Please share in the comments!

Looking for recipes with high amounts of fiber?  Contact me for a fiberful cooking class!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Bring on the Flax!

Haven’t tried flaxseed yet, where have you been!?  I recommend all my clients to add up to 2 T of ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds into their daily diets. 
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients (from webmd.com):

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75-800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber, Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble type

My clients are always asking, “where do I use ground flaxseed?”  Here are some helpful ideas for you:

  • mix into your yogurt
  • mix into your oatmeal
  • add to any cereal
  • add to any soup after cooking
  • add to applesuace…tell the kids it’s cinnamon 😉
  • add to beans or chili after cooking
  • sprinkle onto a PB&J sandwhich
  • my mom adds it to pancake batter
  • mix into mashed potatoes after cooking
  • add to spaghetti sauce
  • mix into smoothies

Do you have any creative ideas to using flaxseed?  I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B