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.
Instead of oats though, I cooked up a bowl of deliciously chewy wheat berries.
It might not be much to look at, but trust me, this was one satisfying bowl, chocked full of apples, raisins, and cinnamon.
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
- 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.