Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Strawberry Salsa Oatmeal Breakfast

I Heart Strawberries…

Not because they are incredibly sweet, tart and juicy but because they are good for my heart.  These potent powerhouse jewels are rich in potassium and magnesium; strawberries are effective in lowering blood pressure caused by sodium intake.  High in folate, fiber and antioxidants – Vitamin C and flavonoids make strawberries a heart healthy fruit that can effectively reduce cholesterol and Vitamin B will help strengthen the heart muscles for better function.

Every spring and summer I can’t get enough of these beautiful heart shaped gems.  I find all kinds of ways to incorporate them into my daily intake.  Breakfast has become an essential part of my day and I try not to get out the door without something substantial in me to make it through to a late lunch.  

Oatmeal has been something that I eat on a regular basis lately and mixing it up is so easy and blends with so many different types of flavors.  This morning I sliced up some ruby red strawberries, added some fresh basil and sweetened it with some stevia.  After I cooked my oatmeal, I added a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil (for my daily supplement), which makes it nice and just like adding butter but with health benefits!  I tossed in a few chopped pecans and walnuts and dressed it with the strawberry basil salsa.

Strawberry Salsa Oatmeal Breakfast
1 Serving
¾ Cup Water
½ Cup Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats (I use Bob’s Redmill Brand)
Pinch Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
5 Strawberries, Sliced
1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, Julienned Sliced
1 Tbsp Truvia (Stevia Sweetener)
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Pecans, Chopped
2 Walnuts, Chopped

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add water and salt.  Bring to a boil and add oats.
Lower heat and cook stirring occasionally until water is absorbed.  Remove from heat.

Add coconut oil and mix in.

In a small bowl, mix sliced strawberries with truvia sweetener and fresh basil. 

To Serve – Place oatmeal in bowl, top with chopped nuts and add strawberry salsa around the edges for a nice presentation.  (If you’re into that stuff – remember an eye catching meal is much more satisfying.)

Lotta love for strawberries!

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