I wonder how many of you out there have made New Year resolutions. New Year is the time where most people take a break from the seasonal feasting and try to turn over a new leaf. Gym membership sign ups and new diets peak at this time of the year.
The truth is that I don’t usually jump on this bandwagon because since going on the low carb way of life about 2 1/2 years ago, I’ve found it sustainable (haha contrary to what my endocrinologist predicted). And as time has gone on, I’ve been amazed at how easy it has been to get things that support this way of eating. I used to have to ship low carb pasta and wraps from Netrition online (oh boy, the shipping did cost a bomb!) but recently I managed to find low carb wraps in Foodie Market Place and low carb pasta from Eat Organic locally.
Recently we were away for almost 2 weeks in Greece and I think all the oil and meat and eggs were finally getting to me. I was craving something simpler and gentler on the belly. In short I was craving a kind of comfort food that I haven’t eaten for a really long time – oatmeal.
I don’t think I’ve ever been an oatmeal or cereal fan in the past. I remember in primary school, my school bus used to come at about 5.30 am and there was usually no time to have a proper breakfast. My mom used to just make me a cup of Milo (a kind of milky hot chocolate drink). Because I was the first person on this bus, the Milo and the bumpy ride made a terrible combination with motion sickness and reflux. So since then I have never been a big fan of breakfast or anything milky. In fact I haven’t drunk Milo in decades because of my horrible childhood experience. I think by the end of the school year I flatly refused any kind of breakfast before getting in the school bus. And actually, ever since then, I’ve never been good with oatmeal or cereal. So I’ve always been amazed at kid#2 who adores both Milo and milky cereal and can eat the SAME thing every day.
This recent trip to Greece however uncovered a weird craving for oatmeal. Oatmeal is of course loaded with carbohydrates. And so far I haven’t seen any low carb version of oatmeal selling anywhere in the stores. However, there is something called N’oatmeal (not oatmeal) that some low carb cooks have come up with. This is a recipe I adapted that seemed to fit right into what I was craving for. So for friends out there who want a fresh and healthy start for the New Year, here is my version of N’oatmeal that is quite possibly much nicer than oatmeal. It’s good to go.
Low Carb Cinnamon and Blueberry N'Oatmeal
- 250 ml water or almond milk
- 4 tbsp almond meal
- 4 tbsp dessicated unsweetened coconut
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sugar substitute
- 2-3 tbsp blueberries
- Mix the almond meal, dessicated coconut, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, cinnamon and sugar substitute in the water in a microwaveable bowl.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
- Top with blueberries and serve immediately.