Friday, June 8, 2012

Gluten Free Oatmeal, Flax, Nuts & Fruit

Did you know that not all Oatmeal is Gluten Free?'s true so just because you are eating oats doesn't mean it's GF.  Unfortunately most oats are cross contaminated with wheat, barley and/or rye which occurs during harvesting, transporting, milling, processing and packaging.  The good news is there are reputable companies out there that produce GF oats in fields and packaging facilities that are GF facilities.  I prefer Bob's Red Mill brand. I'm just gluten intolerant but some of you might have Celiac's Disease and you might want to consult with your doctor before consuming oats.

Preparing oatmeal from whole form brings a much more hearty and flavorful oatmeal.  I like to add a mixture of nuts for crunch and added nutrition, flax seeds for Omega 3 which is a key source to fight inflammation and heart disease.  Add some Himalayan Pink Salt to the water before boiling. 

Instead of butter, use extra virgin coconut oil.  Consuming at least 1 TBSP of coconut oil daily will help aid in improving your metabolism and digestion, decrease blood pressure, increase your immunity system.  Not to mention the coconut oil adds a wonderful richness and healthy fat so you feel your are not being deprived.

I use Stevia extract as my sweetener and omit brown sugar and honey.  Stevia extract contains no sugar, calories and is about 300 times more sweet! 

Throw in some berries some freshly grated orange zest you have a healthy, nutrient packed breakfast that will stay with you for a few hours.  

Look for Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats.

Very satisfying and better than those packets you microwave.  It only takes about 15 minutes and it's worth the effort.

Thanks for stopping by...

Grilled Broccoli & Cabbage Salad w/Smoked Salmon

Some days you just want to run through that drive thru on your way home from work. It was a long day, your tired and you just don't want to deal with it.  But you have to stop and think...How hard is it to throw together a salad, I mean really... 

Yesterday was one of those days. I was driving home and I decided I would stop at one of my favorite specialty food locations and pick up something to go with a salad so I didn't have to do too much to put together a nice  nutritious meal.  I'm not talking about a grocery store, I'm talking about seeking out places that make exceptional food and you can order it to go.  We have a great little BBQ place next door to work where this guy built his business by smoking high quality meats starting in his backyard.  His business grew through word of mouth and then his wife kicked him out of the backyard and told him to get serious about it.  I'm sure glad he did because he smokes the best BBQ I've ever tasted in Texas and everyone knows we are know for our BBQ.  

He smokes a salmon that is so succulent that it just melts in your mouth and I couldn't resist last night.  It was perfect.  I came home, fed the dogs, tossed some cabbage and broccoli with some sesame oil and fired up the grill.  While I changed clothes, I let the cabbage and broccoli cook on the grill.  Then I grabbed a nice glass of orange cinnamon iced tea and sat outside  until they were done cooking.

Then I chopped them up, thew together a vinaigrette and tossed it together.  The salmon was to die for and the salad was a nice crunchy side dish that pulled it all together.  Not to mention how good it was for me.  Much better than a drive thru and more satisfying.

Here is the vinaigrette I threw together:

Dijon Mustard
Lime Juice
Rice Wine Vinegar (unsweetened)
Sesame Oil
Garlic Chili Paste

I tossed in some fresh cilantro and red onion.  Make sure to lightly coat the salad and not drown it in the vinaigrette.  It doesn't need much.

Tip of the week:  Seek out places that make handcrafted high quality ingredients and start putting them in our list to turn to when you want something good for your and tastes great without having to be sucked into the drive thru.