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March 4, 2015

Bye, Bye Winter blues, Hello Blueberries!

blueberry oatmeal

Today felt like the first day of Spring!

I like to jump the gun on these things. I know that we have a month to go until the actual first day of Spring, but today was different.

Maybe it was because I heard the birds chirping for the first time, since December, or because there was not a single cloud in sight, but the sun was shining and I’ve been smiling. It’s crazy how a simple change in the weather can change our mood and outlook.

A couple of weeks ago, during one of our endless “snow days,” I was long overdue for a grocery run and trying to come up with something hearty and wholesome to make for breakfast.

I almost always have rolled oats in the pantry, because they are one of the most simple things to throw together when the groceries and meal planning are scarce.

This is one of the easiest recipes, yet incredibly delicious and healthy!

This is no ordinary oatmeal, oh no, it tastes like blueberry pie.

Blueberry pie for breakfast? Yes please!

This dish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber. It will leave us feeling incredibly satisfied and powered-up to conquer our day!

Blueberry Chi-Flax Oatmeal

servings: 2 small or 1 large

here’s what we need:

1 cup of rolled oats
2 cups of almond milk
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal (flax seeds can also be used, but in an oatmeal I prefer the flax seed meal)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
½ cup of fresh blueberries
optional: hemp seeds

here’s what to do:

Place the rolled oats and almond milk in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a low-boil and then simmer until the oats have slightly soaked in the almond milk to a thicker consistency. Stir in the chia seeds, flaxseed meal, vanilla extract and maple syrup.

If a thinner oatmeal consistency is preferred, additional almond milk should be added. Gently stir in the blueberries until they have been in the oatmeal for about 5 minutes—this will allow time for them to cook a little in the oatmeal but not too much. We want our blueberries warm and a bit cooked.

Remove from the stove and serve immediately.

I like to sprinkle some hemp seeds for an added crunch (and it doesn’t hurt to get additional Vitamin E)!

This is a great dish because it’s hearty enough that we can have it by itself or with any of our other breakfast favorites.

If time permits, I love accompanying this oatmeal with a variety of fresh fruit, smoothie or juice.

If I’m meal prepping for the week, I like to double the recipe. I always add more almond milk to the oatmeal before re-heating to help make it less dry and bring it back to life!

I know this Winter has been tough during this Snowpocalypse, but we’re one day closer to warmer weather and sunnier days!

There is no better way to snap out of those winter blues, than to have some blueberry chia-flax oatmeal to start and power our day!

Relephant read:

A New Take on Mint Chocolate Chip.

 

Author: Sofie Medina

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of author

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