Woke up to another rainy day, the kind that make you want to stay underyour duvet until bed-time. Luckily the thought of breakfast got me up. Not just any breakfast, but my favourite cold rainy day breakfast- oatmeal.
That might not sound super glamourous, but trust me, it was delicious and set me right for the rest of the day. Oats not only promote heart health with their cholesterol lowering effect but they also help to balance blood sugar levels and starting your day with oats can keep your blood sugar balance under control for the whole day!
I had multiple bowls of soaking nuts and seeds that I used. I soaked a bowl with 1 cup of raw cashews (great source of zinc and vitamin E for immunity and glowing skin) and a bowl with a quarter cup of pumpkin seeds (great source of magnesium and iron) and a bowl with a handful of goji berries (super source of antioxidants). All were covered in filtered water and soaked overnight. Why soak? It helps to make nuts and seeds easier to digest, and because it reduces enzyme inhibitors present in the nuts and seeds allowing us to absorb more vitamins. And with the power of antioxidants and zinc-rich foods I know I'm helping my immune system stay strong as we head into cold and flu time.
So, I got my oats cooking on the stove and added chia seeds for an extra protein and fibre boost. Then I made cashew cream. Yes, that's right, cashew cream and it tastes as good as it sounds. I tossed the soaked cashews into my blender, added a pinch of salt and filtered water until I had the consistency I wanted, and tah dah! Amazing, creamy, sweet, salty deliciousness! The extra stores in the fridge for up to 5 days, or you can leave it out on your counter to ferment naturally making a cashew yoghurt. If your blender doesn't make a creamy texture, you can strain through cheesecloth or an old piece of fabric.
Poured my cashew cream on top of my oatmeal, a generous drizzle of maple syrup, walnuts, soaked goji berries and pumpkin seeds, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and there it is, Best Rainy Sunday Breakfast.