What is a superfood?
A nutritient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
There are a couple that are commonly known such as blueberries, salmon, pomegranate, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, avocado, dark chocolate, goji berries, and kale. In honor of slow cooker month, I chose to use a couple of these superfoods to create a ready-to-go breakfast perfect for a busy morning. I used dried wild blueberries, chia seeds, almonds, pomegranate, steel cut oats, and almond milk. Read more about the health benefits of these foods below:
- Contain Antioxidants
- Have a low glycemic index to keep your blood sugar spikes low.
- Also contain vitamin C, fiber and copper.
Note: 1 cup of dried blueberries and 1 cup of fresh blueberries do not have the same nutritional value. During the drying process, water is removed, making the concentration of sugar a lot higher per cup. It is important to know that there is much more sugar and more calories in dried fruit by weight. However, the antioxidant properties remain the same!
- The fiber and protein in chia seeds make them popular for weight loss because chia seeds help you feel full.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (good fats)
- The good monounsaturated fats in almonds can raise your good cholesterol (HDL).
- The good fats also improve brain health and memory.
- Almonds are naturally low in sodium and can help control your blood pressure.
- Contain fiber and Vitamin C
- Have anti-inflammatory effects
- Powerful antioxidant – pomegranates contain almost every kind of antioxidant!
Almond milk (unsweetened):
- Contains twice the amount of calcium of cow’s milk
- Low in carbohydrates and sugar
- Contains zero lactose
Steel Cut Oats:
- High in fiber and lowers risk of heart disease by helping remove the bad cholesterol from the blood stream.
Wow! That’s some healthy food. Imagine how good you would feel consuming all of this for breakfast. It’s the only one you have, so fill it with delicious and healthy food! Check out my recipe for slow cooker oatmeal that you can make the night before. It is low in carbohydrates, high in protein and of course anti-oxidants. It’s the perfect nourishing healthy breakfast!
Slow Cooker Superfood Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup dried wild blueberries
- ¼ cup pomegranate
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- Into the slow cooker, add the oats, almond milk, water, and chia seeds.
- Cover and set on “keep warm” setting overnight (note: if you put it on low, the oats will cook too fast).
- In the morning, remove the lid and mix oats – if they are too dry, add more water or almond milk.
- Serve into 4 bowls, or serve yourself and keep the rest in the fridge for the week and reheat!
- Add almonds, dried blueberries, and pomegranate on top
Nutrition Facts: 297 calories, 9 g fat, 3g monounsaturated, 2g polyunsaturated, 46g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 13g sugar, 10g protein.
– From Pure Barre enthusiast, Gabrielle Terzano, client at Pure Barre South Jersey, NJ – Haddonfield.
About Gabrielle: My passion is living well, eating healthy and being physically fit. I want to motivate others and be a mentor for people to lose weight or change their lifestyle for the better. I take classes at Northeastern University for my Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health.
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