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
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!