Hi again! Thanks for stopping by, I missed you! Who has been working on turning their negative beliefs and feelings into gratitude statements? Hands up! I have! There was a day earlier this week when I just didn't get around to it and I had a pretty lousy day. I don't believe that's a coincidence. Any insights or anything you're thankful for? Drop them in the comments below!
I think I mentioned last time I've been doing a keto diet for a while now and for the most part I really like it. Going out to eat with family kinda sucks, and there are times I just really, really want a piece of fruit, but overall it's going pretty great. I started doing it to 1) lose fat and 2) reduce systemic inflammation. Number 1 hasn't really happened, but number 2 seems to be happening. My random aches and pains have more or less gone away. So yeah, I'm totally on the keto train! One of the things I miss the most, though, is a hot, steaming bowl of oatmeal on a cold, rainy morning.
If you're doing any type of diet that eliminates grains, whether it's Paleo, low carb or something else, you've probably seen recipes for N'Oatmeal scattered across the internet. There are dozens of them out there. Whenever I make N'Oatmeal I try to incorporate some type of vegetable or lower carb fruit. N'Oatmeal is great, but it can be a bit heavy if you don't add something fresh. Veggies with a mild flavor will work themselves in just fine - think chopped fresh spinach, shredded zucchini, or mashed cauliflower. You could also choose some fruit - but if you're doing keto stick to the lower carb fruits like berries.
Today's N'Oatmeal turned out absolutely perfect so I wanted to share it with you. It has just a touch of sweetness, nuttiness from the flax, and a umami element from the PB Fit. I topped it off with a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream and it was absolutely perfect. A few berries mixed in would have been fantastic, too. This recipe is very forgiving and easily adaptable, so feel free to own it and make whatever changes your heart desires. Too thick? Add more almond milk. Too thin? Add more chia or flax.
2 T. ground flax seeds*
2 T. unsweetened coconut flakes
2 T. PB Fit**
1 T. chia seeds
1 T. erythritol (or substitute sweetener of choice)
1-2 cup unsweetened almond milk (adjust according to desired thickness)
1/2 to 1 small zucchini, shredded
*Instead of regular flax seed meal I used Barlean's Flax*Chia*Coconut mixture. If you can find that, I highly recommend it. If not, regular ground flax seeds will work.
**If you desire a higher fat, higher calorie N'Oatmeal, simply substitute any nut butter for the PB Fit.
Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Whisk in the almond milk, starting with 1 cup. Turn the heat to medium and add zucchini. Stir frequently. Add additional almond milk as needed until desired consistency is reached. Once mixture is simmering and desired consistency is reached, remove from heat and serve.
Makes 1-2 servings.