By October 17, 2012Fuel

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Today’s breakfast is brought to you by the letter P…why is this?
  • P.umpkin spice coffee (P.our over style)
  • P.each-P.omegranate-P.ecan oats

Ps (not Peas!) Oats

-1 c. oats (not instant).  I used Coach’s Oats because they cook in 5 minutes.
-1 ripe peach, sliced
-water (according to oat cooking instructions)…I used a little over 3 cups.
-half and half (to taste).  I used about 1/4 cup
-seeds and juice of half a pomegranate (about 1/2 cup)…(juice can be omitted)
-sweetener (honey/sugar/syrup) if desired

* Cook oats in water in a medium pot, stove-top.
*While cooking, stir in Peaches, mashing once softened (leave some chunks whole).
*Once oats are cooked, remove from heat and stir in half and half,Pomegranate seeds/juice, and any desired sweetener.

*Sprinkle some spiced Pecans (see recipe below) on top!

Can you spy my breakfast?

* I also added some mixed berries and a couple slices of banana.

sPiced Pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 300*F
  2. Toss 2-3 cups (depending on desired spicy-ness of nuts (less nuts=more spicy coating per nut) of raw pecan halves in bowl with the following:                                                 …Drizzle of honey (2-4 T), 2 T cocoa powder, a few sprinkles of ground sea salt and    fresh ground black pepper, 1/2 t. ground cloves, 1-2 t. ground cinnamon, 1/2 t. ground ginger.  
  3. Pour mixture onto baking pan and spread evenly.
  4. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes, until softened and perfect but not burnt!
In other edible Wednesday news…

  • a plate of smoked Salmon, braised cauliflower, sliced tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella and parmesan with crackers.
  • a cup of Herba Mate tea (loose leaf from Brazil!) with steamed milk.
  • an afternoon smoothie with frozen mixed berries, a banana, plain Greek yogurt, and some milk, sprinkled with homemade granola and spiced pecans

  • a taco

…and a strawberry margarita

Fun Food Facts (FFFs)… 

Pomegranates: these cuties contain antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, copper, & some B vitamins!
Peaches: supply a good amount of fiber, vitamin A, niacin, potassium, & vitamin C.
Pecans: rich in manganese, which plays a role in many body processes (e.g. bone formation, fatty acid and cholesterol processing, blood sugar control, etc.)
Salmon: excellent source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which are associated with reduced inflammatory symptoms and improved cardiovascular disease prognosis.  
Yerba Mate:  a south american plant often prepared as a hot beverage; contains caffeine in smaller amounts than coffee and has milder affects.


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