Eating Pure and Simple
Losing almost 70 pounds in just over a year (I like saying almost 70 rather than 68, it just sounds like more!), I thought I would share with you two of my favorite things to eat.
My favorite breakfast is John McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. It is a very hearty oatmeal, no added flavors or chemicals, nothing processed, not the rolled kind but the little pellets. It takes a little longer to cook, about 25 minutes on the stove. I think the 25 minute build-up time actually makes you want it more and makes it more satisfying when you get it. Once the oatmeal is cooked I add fresh berries to it like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries. I choose organic berries if I can find them. I heard yesterday that organic berries have 50% more antioxidants than conventional ones, so that is a big plus. I also add some walnuts and almonds to it.
This breakfast is warm, satisfying, natural, filling, a little sweet with the berries, and crunchy with the nuts. It can easily hold you till lunch or your mid-morning snack and you don’t get the “heavy” feeling that often comes with a traditional big breakfast.
My favorite snack is very similar, but totally different in taste and texture. I often have this snack as a dessert after dinner (but not too late). I get non-fat plain organic yogurt and add the berries and the nuts to it. Once again the berries add the sweet and the nuts add the crunch.
My dog Max loves it when I have this snack as well! He gets to lick the bowl. Many nights he will remind me right after dinner that I need to fix my “dessert”! Eating pure and simple is really just a choice, and one that has all kinds of benefits.