Summer's on its way out, friends.
You know what that means? #pumpkineverything
Before that happens, I wanted to share this rad recipe I made last week. I actually said I'd post it sooner but I was caught up prepping the big new drop about my new office. If you don't know what I mean, go check this out.
One of the biggest tips I give my clients is quick and better solutions to make eating breakfast easier.
Definitely, definitely make this one as we head into the hectic back-to-school rush, whether you're in school or not, who doesn't love some hella good honey nut oats?! Brings back memories of downing Cheerios brand cereal before heading out the door to school. It sometimes surprises people when I tell them I wasn't raised to eat the way I do now. Don't get me wrong, my mom did a really decent job. Who thought there was anything wrong with boxed cereal? I mean, it has all those health claims on the box, right?
Turns out, it's one of the biggest ways you're wasting your money. Cereal is nothing more than uber-refined flour pressed into shapes. You know the dust at the bottom of the box? Most of the cereal is just that, only it holds its shape longer. There's nothing really nutritious or healthy happening with cereal, it's just really effective marketing that gets you to buy it. No wonder that people eat it and show up to work starved and ready for a frap and croissant around 10am.
Before you know it, you're busting your ass at the gym trying to work off all those calories that haven't really fed you one bit.
Whole foods solves this. Not the company, the real food. Eating whole oats and whole nuts and unrefined sugar is way better for you--I know the cereal tastes good, because it's packed full of sugar. Sugar causes all sorts of issues that you can sidestep by eating less of it.
Take my whole grains vs cereal challenge: Give up cereal for a week. Try this recipe and others with whole grains and real food here on my site and tell me what you notice.
Follow and tag me on Instagram @dillandigi and hashtag #wholegrainsvscereal with your breakfast pictures for a chance to have coffee with me and talk about food and life.
Back the recipe, my friends.
Hella Good Honey Nut Oats
1/2 cup organic rolled oats
2 cups water
2 Tbsp dried dates, chopped
2 Tbsp dried apricots, chopped
1 Tbsp organic peanut butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp organic walnuts, finely chopped
1 Tbsp organic almonds, chopped
1 Tbsp milk of choice (cow, almond, hemp---I would avoid soy, it's shady)
2 tsp organic raw honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon
pinch sea salt to taste
Combine 1/2 cup dry organic rolled oats with 2 cups water. Store in a tightly sealed contained on the counter overnight.
In the morning, throw the oats in a strainer to drain all the liquid. Add them to a small bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Throw a lid on the container and eat at your desk at work or at home, wherever you are. Chew each bite at least 10 times before swallowing. I'm pretty sure you won't be craving any croissants at 10am.