A Healthy Start- Breakfast

We have all heard that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but seriously, it is. You are breaking an 8-10 hour fast and giving your body the nutrients to get you through the rest of the day. So with this New Year, think about what your putting in your mouth, and choose to make healthy decisions for breakfast that will give you energy to be awesome all day long.

My hubby writes an article for the Hanford Sentinel, titled Movement is Medicine. Just last week he wrote a great article about increasing the likelihood of keeping New Year's resolutions. He offers some great advice and ideas for resolutions (my favorite being make 1 dietary change- ah hum, eating breakfast ;) If you would like some ideas, check it out here.

Back to breakfast… Eggs are a great protein choice for breakfast as are Green Smoothies with a hard boiled egg but since is it freezing (literally) in over 60% of the Nation, let's make something warm that you are excited to get out of bed for. And BONUS- you can prep this recipe in just minutes and let it cook overnight in your slow cooker so it is ready to go first thing in the morning.

Today I am making an Overnight Oatmeal recipe with Apples and Cinnamon. The great thing about this is the apples and sugar caramelize over night to make this a delicious dish. You can of course leave out or reduce the amount of brown sugar to make it even healthier. You can replace it with Agave Nectar, Honey or Maple Sugar as well.

Overnight Oatmeal (In a Slow Cooker)

Serves 4-5

  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oat or Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

Layer ingredients into a slow cooker in the order listed. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.Serve with chopped fruits, berries, nuts, raisins, or milk.