Healthy Habits Week 2: Breakfast

Breakfast: The most important meal of the day!

Here are Dr. Glen’s three favourite recipes for you to implement this week:

  1. Raw Oats. These are easy to make the night before work so you can grab and go if you need to! (Serves 1)
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup-1 cup milk or yogurt of your choice (almond, oat and regular milk all work well)
  • 1 tbsp chia (if you use chia you need to add more milk as they absorb a lot!)
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Chopped nuts
  • Chopped fruit: to be added in the morning
  • Coconut as a topping
  1. Regular stovetop oats. This is a classic recipe many of us have been eating since we were kids for a reason! They “stick to your ribs” as my mom would say, and give you great energy for your morning. (Serves 1)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Tiny pinch of salt to wake them up
  • Milk of your choice to taste

Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Turn heat to low and add oats. Stir (so oats don’t stick to the bottom of the pot) for approximately five minutes until the oats have absorbed the liquid. Add milk, stir, let stand for a few minutes and serve with toppings:

  • Nuts
  • Fruit (dried or fresh)
  • Coconut
  1. Baked oats.  These are actually one of Dr. Jess’s favourite recipes for guests, adapted from Tosca Reno’s “Caledon Baked Oatmeal”. Easy to assemble in the evening and put in the oven in the morning! (Serves 4)
  • 2 cups (480 ml) old fashioned oats
  • 4 + 2 cups milk of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) vanilla
  • ½ cup (125 ml) slivered almonds, or other chopped nuts
  • ½ cup (125 ml) dried cranberries or other dried fruit of your choice
  • 1 large unpeeled grated apple (or more, to taste!)
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400.

Grease 9×13 baking dish.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl (minus 2 cups milk) and pour into baking dish. Refrigerate overnight.

Oats will have absorbed a good deal of milk, so add the rest of the milk in the morning so the mixture is liquid.

Bake uncovered for 45 mins..