Last month we talked about food and faith and I never got the chance to share one of my favorite sources for information about nutrition and food, Nutritionfacts.org. In this house we are a little obsessed with this website. Run by Dr. Michael Greger it features a video of the day that discusses food and how it affects our bodies. He’s always suggesting ways we can optimize our health through our diet.
I think Dr. Greger’s biggest fan may be my husband because of the hours Dr. Greger spends reading the latest nutritional research and breaking it down for people. Alvin has said repeatedly that he wishes everyone would watch it. I love the site as well because each day he gives a piece of information that one can use to help maintain and enhance one’s health. I often find myself wondering how I can incorporate certain spices/foods that he recommends into our diet and that keeps things interesting in the kitchen.
Our everyday breakfast came about as a result of nutritionfacts.org. Apparently Amla powder is loaded with antioxidants, fights diabetes and lowers cholesterol. While we don’t these problems Alvin wanted to try it so I had to find a way to use the powder. The amla powder along other spices like cinnamon & cloves, helps makes our morning oatmeal delicious! We were able to raise the nutritional profile and boost the flavor. Definitely a successful venture!
If you’re looking for a healthier way to start the day this is a great option. We top the oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup and some ground flax or chia seeds to finish it off. We absolutely love it!
- 1 1/2 c large flake oats
- 3 c water
- 1 tbsp amla Powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of ground cloves
- 2 tsp vanilla
- a pinch of salt
- Combine the ingredients in a pot.
- Bring to a boil on the stove.
- Once it’s boiled turn the heat down to medium.
- Stir occasionally through the cooking process.
- Once the liquid is absorbed to your liking remove from heat and serve.
- A light drizzle of maple syrup makes this dish delicious. Don’t use too much! You want to taste the spices.
- I also put a little soy milk on mine. I cannot have oatmeal without some milk. It’s just something I’ve always done.
- I would say this serves 2-3 people. I give my husband a hearty portion so it serves the two of us.