Good Morning Spiced Oatmeal
3/4 Cup Rolled Oats
1 2/3 Cup Filtered Water
Pinch of Himalayan or Sea Salt
Handfull of Pumpkin Seeds
Handful of Sunflower Seeds
Handful of Raisins
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom
1/4 cup warmed milk or kefir
1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom
Maple Syrup to taste
Set water to boil in a small pot with the pinch of salt.
Combine oats, seeds, raisins, and spices into a bowl.
When water boils add all ingredients at once and stir.
Boil for 1 minute then turn down to low simmer, stirring constantly.
Simmer for roughly 5 minutes or until thickened as desired.
Remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Serve with warmed cardamom milk or cardamom kefir and maple syrup on the side for each to add to their own taste.
Pairs Well With
I first learned portions of this recipe when I spent a summer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire as a merit scholarship dance student at a summer dance program. In addition to modern dance, the program included three weeks of Raja Yoga and Ayurvedic eating.
Dancers are notoriously "ungrounded" individuals, our heads often in the clouds as our bodies swirl around with abandon. Our instructor, a kind and mirthful yoga master named Ketul, wanted to help "ground" us each morning so that we were present in the moment, awake with energy, and able to focus on tending our bodies.
So he made a version of this recipe for us each day, which I have adapted to add more protein and, in one version (with kefir instead of milk), a "sour" twist with more digestive and probiotic power.
Eating this oatmeal each weekday morning makes me feel warmed from within, with a strong sense of my inner fire. It reminds me that my body, now almost 50, still has the capacity for creative and artistic expression albeit perhaps with not as much abandon as my college days. Still, it brings me "home" to the dancer and artist within and is a great way to start the day. An added bonus is that it's an easy recipe for kids who love the taste and benefit immensely from its rooting, stabilizing force.