Switchin’ Up Breakfast

Wow, I’ve really been slacking on posting since school has started up, haven’t I? That’s what happens when you have 6 classes, work 12 – 16 hours a week, try and fit in some exercise time, and have a social life. And even keeping up with that has been a challenge. I’d love to say I can do it all, but I’m a realist, and I know I have limits. Sleep has been taking a back burner these past two weeks, and has left me with one lovely head cold. It was inevitable really – so many people around me have been sick. Just means I need to focus even more on healthy, nutrient-filled eats coupled with plenty of fluids for the next week or so, and getting plenty of sleep, because I don’t want these sniffles lingering.

Something about being under the weather always makes me crave warm, hearty, nourishing foods. Nothing overly complicated – just good ol’ honest food. And this twist on morning oatmeal I had a few times last week fits that bill perfectly.

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Instead of oats though, I cooked up a bowl of deliciously chewy wheat berries.

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It might not be much to look at, but trust me, this was one satisfying bowl, chocked full of apples, raisins, and cinnamon.

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Wheat berries do take a long time to cook (45 min to 1 hour), so cook them up at the beginning of the week, and you’ll be able to enjoy them for breakfast with only a few minute of heating time.

 

Apple Cinnamon Wheat Berry Breakfast

serves 1

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  • 3/4 cup cooked wheat berries
  • 1/2 apple chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (more or less, if you like)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter (or your favourite nut butter)

1. Combine wheat berries, apple, milk, raisins, and cinnamon together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the apples are cooked and the wheat berries have absorbed some of the liquid. It will still be a bit watery.

2. Serve in a bowl topped with maple syrup and peanut butter. Enjoy!

 

This breakfast couldn’t be any easier, and is a great way to switch up your hot cereal. No need to limit yourself to oatmeal in the mornings – variety is not only great for your taste buds, but for your health as well.

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12 Comments on “Switchin’ Up Breakfast”

  1. January 17, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Yum, that looks so good. Now I want a second breakfast. :p I’ve been getting back into eating oats after a while of not eating them. As long as there’s grains and peanut butter I’m usually a fan.

  2. January 17, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I love wheat berries and was just thinking yesterday about making a breakfast creation. I ended up with steel cut oats this AM, but the wheat berries will be filling in soon.

    I was so stressed with getting posts up last year after I started my job in September. I set a goal to step back in 2011 and not worry about the number. Some weeks will be 4 posts, some 1. I’m going to do my best at planning them and let the rest go. 🙂

  3. January 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    I’ve always been kind of intimidated by wheat berries, but you’re making me think that preparing them is indeed possible!

  4. January 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    You are such a busy little beaver! I hope you have some time for self-care in there somewhere (hmm).

  5. January 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Wheatberries are one of those thigns I can’t find around these parts. Must load up, next time I hit up civilization! 😉

  6. January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Wheatberries are great in yogurt, too! Hope you feel better already, Marianne!

  7. January 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    That is such a great idea to use wheat berries. I love those chewy things, but it’s been ages!

    Be sure to load up on Vitamin C!!!

  8. January 21, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    i made groats (well not wheat berries but gluten-free hot cereal version) for breakfast this morning too (altho i realize this was posted on the 16th hehe). when i looked outside at the weather, sheesh!.. definitely one of those days when its necessary to make a hot bowl of anything! i agree, no need to limit to just oats, theres so many nutritious grains out there that are really satisfying. i also like millet porridge too, it pretty delish 😉

    xoxo

    • February 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

      I haven’t cooked up any millet in awhile – I need to get on that!

  9. January 22, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    oh and also Solstice luckily didnt smell bad when i went in but uno thats funny you mention that because i have a friend who goes there for the poetry slams they hold there all the time, and she mentioned something similar. but i wonder if it smells more on days after a heavy rainfall when all the stink kind of harbors around lol. i didnt sit in the back tho, where all the couches are, so maybe thats why. haha thats so funny tho!

    xoxo

  10. January 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    mmm, this looks really delicious. Never thought of wheat berries as an oatmeal type thing. Must try!

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