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Morning Gratitude and a Bowl of Oats

March 8, 2017

We've all heard it. Your morning routine sets the stage for your day. Are you setting yourself up for success?



I've always struggled to have a morning routine that isn't rush, flail, forget, and eat in the car. When I made the decision to put my long term wellness first, I knew this hurdle was going to be right up there with more appropriate cheese consumption. 



How you eat your food actually has the power to alter your digestion. We can increase the absorption of nutrients by taking our time to taste, chew and be thankful for the food we are eating.


How? Simply put, you'll salivate more as you take time to chew your food. Your saliva is the first step of healthy digestion. Secondly, eating in this way is meditation! My favorite kind of meditation, I might add. Breathing, chewing, being thankful will pause that stress reaction (fight or flight response). 



These days, my daily gratitude pairs well with Honey-Date Oats. It's quick to prepare, tastes yummy, is versatile and avoids refined sugars. We consume enough of those hidden in various foods! 


Never used a date? I am relatively new to the date-world too! Found in the dried fruit section, be sure to pick out dates without pits (hard seeds in the middle as a peach or a cherry has)



Honey-Date Morning Oats:

Serves 1 in 5 minutes


  • 1/2 c Oats

  • 1/2 c Non-Dairy Milk - I prefer unsweetened almond milk 

  • 1 Dried Medjuul Date- casually chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Honey - local if available

  • Cinnamon or nutmeg sprinkle optional


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to avoid sticking to the bottom. 

  2. Heat thoroughly until texture is porridge- like and bubbles are thick. Approximately 3-5 minutes.

  3. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon! 

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