MY HEART DID AN EXTRA SKIP THIS MORN ##APPLE OATMEAL WITH BLUEBERRIES/FLAX-SEEDS

I was still in a heart-healthy kind of mode this morning. They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. I’m no scientist; however, I do know that incorporating fresh fruits in my daily diet aid me tremendously when it comes to digestion. So, to ‘bump’ up the taste of my morning’s oatmeal, and to give my dish more fiber I decided to add a shredded apple.

In a small stockpot 2%whole milk was poured. Oatmeal was then added with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla. This was simmered on low heat until a thick consistency was had. Then shredded apple was added. This was folded into oatmeal and allowed to simmer for another couple of minutes.

Apple oatmeal was sweetened with a couple teaspoon of dark sugar. This was then served in dish with a topping of blueberries formed in a heart-shape. And in between my blueberry heart, flax-seeds were sprinkled for more heart healthy properties. My heart and I were happy.

A HAPPY HEART BEAT #OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL WITH FLAX SEEDS AND BERRIES

It was quite a heart healthy kind of morning for yours truly. Already my heart was skipping and in a joyful mood from my morning workout. Thus, I wanted to keep same going. With endorphins kicking, I made my way to my kitchenette poured some old-fashioned oatmeal in a small stockpot along with some whole milk. To that I added a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, a few raisins for added fiber, and a splash of vanilla.

I love oatmeal because it keeps me satiated for hours. Moreover, based on studies, this whole grain is excellent for good heart health. In addition, a sprinkle of cinnamon is ideal to keep my blood sugar balance. With these health reasons in mind I simmered oatmeal on low heat until it came to the right consistency I needed. This was then sweetened with a teaspoon of dark sugar bearing in mind that the raisins also provided added sugar.

I further gained more heart health by topping with a sprinkle of powdered flax seeds. Also, I added  toppings of blue berries and strawberries. To say that I was happy is an understatement; I was over the moon.

ONCE AGAIN, OATMEAL/FLAX SEEDS DID IT FOR ME #WAFFLE-STYLE

I was inspired to make this super-delicious and healthy set of waffles by a fellow blogger, Frugal (Frugal Hausfrau). By the way, her blog is fantastic. You should check it out. She made these awesome looking Scottish oatcake. Thus, I replicated  her cakes. I didn’t have all the ingredients she actually added; as such I made the dish my own by doing waffles instead.

One of the important tips in making the batter is to soak the oatmeal overnight; which I did. I used the old-fashioned type and added whole milk. The oatmeal absorbed the milk and became more manageable. In the morning, I added vanilla, beaten egg (at room temperature), sour cream, half of a mashed ripe banana, sugar, and melted butter to soaked oatmeal. Dried ingredients in the form of whole wheat flour, a little all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt were added to wet ingredients. Powered flax seeds and additional cinnamon were added and folded in batter.

BATTER FOR OATMEAL AND FLAX SEED WAFFLES
BATTER FOR OATMEAL AND FLAX SEED WAFFLES

When all the ingredients were combined, batter was placed on hot and oiled waffle iron using a 1/3 cup measuring cup. Waffles were topped with strawberries simmered for a few minutes with a sprinkle of sugar. Also a serving of orange wedges a fresh strawberry completed the dish. Thanks to Frugal the waffles were a hit.