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Hi friends, I hope you had a great holiday! I just got back from a trip to New Jersey visiting my family with Stephen, and it was such a wonderful trip. For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a Jersey girl through and through. Despite the bad rep that Jersey has from TV, it has so many redeeming qualities (the beach, the countryside, the people, the beauty), but one of my favorite things about NJ is the food. Oh. my. gosh. Every time I go home I just eat bagels, pizza, taylor ham, seafood, etc., the entire time. Needless to say, my caloric intake on a trip home is much higher than usual, which I’m OK with because I’m on vacation. Calories don’t count on vacation, right? Right.
But, now that I’m back home I decided I need to eat healthy. I’m definitely starting to feel the holiday pounds creep up on me–it’s been about two months of cookies, gravy, bread, stuffing, and every other fattening food imaginable. So today I’ve started my healthy streak with this amazing breakfast. When I thought up this recipe, I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea it was going to be mouth-wateringly, can’t put my spoon down, can I lick the bowl delicious.
It’s not only easy on the eyes, it’s easy on the stomach as well. This breakfast is loaded with everything that you should start your morning with. You have a mix of nuts, oats, fruits and chia seeds. The blueberries and pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants, and for those of you who don’t know what chia seeds are, you’re about to learn, because this little superfood is such a great addition to any diet. chia seeds are an amazing source of healthy omega-3 fats and fiber. They virtually have no taste, but do add a little crunch which is always great.
And although I know it’s super healthy, my favorite thing about this recipe is definitely the taste. Whenever I make breakfast, I usually whip up something and then eat it casually while I’m getting work done. So I take a bite and then put it down and do work for a few minutes, and then take another bite, etc. But with this breakfast, there were no breaks. I tried to put it down, and I literally couldn’t. Do you know when you get sad when a delicious food is about to run out and you’re not prepared for that moment? That’s exactly how I felt.
- One serving oatmeal (I used maple and brown sugar Quaker Oats oatmeal)
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Make your oatmeal according to the directions on your package
- Add your pomegranate seeds and blueberries to the oatmeal
- Top with sliced almonds
- Sprinkles with chia seeds
- Drizzle with maple syrup
- Dig in!