Dessert for Breakfast? (Berry Chocolate Oatmeal, yum!)

We have all heard the age old words “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” My Mom used to recite that phrase every morning as she chased me out the door to the school bus with a glass of Carnation Instant Breakfast (the only thing she could get me to choke down in the morning).

It took me years to start a practice of eating in the morning. Putting food in my mouth first thing in the morning made my stomach hurt…. not to mention that I was never a huge fan of breakfast foods. Instant oatmeal was bland, cereals were not exactly what I was craving at 6 am, and there was no chance I was getting eggs bacon and toast unless I was heading to a diner first thing in the morning (ain’t nobody got time for that!)

I finally started eating breakfast when I began my health journey and learned the importance of kickstarting my metabolism first thing in the morning. I started practicing chugging a full glass of water as soon as I woke up, and following it with whatever easy breakfast I could find.

I was very skeptical at first of the importance of a breakfast, but lo and behold, once I started eating breakfast my life did change! I had more energy, I actually started losing a few pounds, and I wasn’t as cranky or groggy when I got to work.

Once I got on the breakfast train I couldn’t help but expand my morning menu. I’ve always been pretty excited about cooking, but the breakfast world was pretty limited to me. Sure I could make myself some scrambled eggs but other than that, it was cereal and almond milk.

I started with smoothies, omelettes, and avocado toast, but I have also expanded into the world of homemade oats.

For my entire life I was under the impression that homemade oatmeal must be super difficult… I mean why else would everyone choose super processed, cardboard flavored, instant oats? Well folks… I was SO wrong!

Who new making your own oatmeal takes only 10 minutes and can taste like heaven in a bowl?! You can make so many different flavors, add any toppings you want, and sweeten them with maple syrup, honey or agave without sacrificing health!

Some of my favorite homemade oatmeal’s include apple cinnamon, pumpkin spice, banana peanut butter, and my latest obsession Chocolate Berry!

Chocolate berry has become a favorite not only for its delicious taste, but for its health benefits! It is choc full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and is sure to leave you satisfied! Not only is it delicious, nutritious and chocolates, it’s one of the easiest breakfasts to whip up! So follow along with the recipe and enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need for 1 serving:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 tsp cacao powder

1 banana mashed (optional but so good!)

1tsp maple syrup

1/2 cup berries

1 Tbs pecans

Coconut flakes for garnish

1/2 tsp cinnamon

  1. First you’ll need to bring one cup of water to a boil, and then add in your oats and reduce to a simmer.
  2. Allow the oats to simmer for about 3 minutes, or until the oats appear to be thickening. Once this happens add in that mashed banana. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Cool for another 2 minutes or until the oatmeal has reached your desired thickness. You may choose to wait to add the berries until the end, which will keep them from breaking up in the mixture (which I prefer), or to save a few to add as topping!
  4. Once your oats appear fully cooked, remove them from the stove, top with your coconut flakes and any remaining berries for garnish and enjoy!

I literally can’t stop making this recipe. It’s simple, delicious, and highly nutritious! It only takes about 10 minutes to whip up, and leaves me full and happy (not to mention I get to eat chocolate before I even start my day!)

I hope you enjoy this yummy breakfast treat! Get creative and swap out pecans for you’re favorite nuts, choose whatever berries you like, and garnish with whatever toppings you see fit! It’s your breakfast, so make it the way you like it!

If you try this out, let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

Happy cooking!

– Love & light,

Rachael

How It All Began

To cultivate: “to foster growth…to improve by labor… to seek society of friends.”

This word defines me. At this very point in time I am on a journey; an exploration, if you will, into wellness. This journey started about 4 years ago, and with every day I get further and further.

I guess we should start at the beginning.

“You have stage 3 precancer.” Those words forever changed my life. At 24 years old, after a routine visit to my OBGYN, I was told I had precancerous cells on my cervix.

The pamphlet I was given told me there was nothing I could do but monitor it, and hope I wouldn’t need surgery to remove it. I was also told that if I had to have surgery that getting pregnant or holding a child full term would be difficult.

At 24, this was not something I had even begun to think about, but suddenly it was the only thing on my mind.

I went in for further examination and asked if there was anything at all I could do to heal myself before surgery. Luckily, the NP I work with said she had done some research on her own and found a correlation between cervical cancer and the immune system. She suggested I take vitamin C, folic acid and try exercising and eating healthier

So began my journey into wellness.

It started with the choice to finally join the online fitness program I had been half ass following for years. With the support of my boyfriend (now hubby), I took the plunge purchased my Tone it Up nutrition plan and jumped head first into one of their fitness challenges. For the first time ever I had a reason to stick with a workout program, and to learn how to properly fuel my body. I read that plan backwards and forwards, started waking up at 5 instead of 7am, and stuck to the plan. I dropped 20 LBs within a year.

After a few months on the program my doctor reassessed my condition and recommended surgery. When they did the actually procedure they were shocked by how small the infected area of my cervix had shrunk. The doctor said because of how small the area was during the procedure I would most likely have little to no complications for pregnancy in my future. He said he couldn’t believe that in a few short months the abnormal cells had shrank a so quickly.

Instead of saying to myself “you’re healed! We can quit this now,” it only fueled my fire. If I could rapidly heal my body in a few short months with diet and exercise, there must be something to this wellness thing.

So here I am today. I am constantly on the hunt for new nutrition information, new workout ideas to keep me motivated, and information on women’s health. My diet has changed immensely even since joining Tone it Up, and I am still so hungry for any new science I can get my hands on to heal the body through food.

I created this blog so that I can share my passion for food and it’s healing properties with other women. I am blown away that in 2018 it is not common knowledge that what we put into our bodies can help heal us even more so than some medicines. I want to share my love for delicious, hearty, filling and nourishing food that also happens to be super healthy.

This is just the abridged version of how I fell in love with food and wellness, but I continue to fall in love with the process over and over again. The story is never ending.

It is my hope that through sharing my journey, I can help even just one person heal themself from the inside out.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy what is yet to come!

Love and Light,
XOXO Rae