What Do They Eat? - Warm Oats with Pear & Cinnamon

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Amelia on Sullivan's Island
Gayle & Amelia
One of my dearest friends, Gayle just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Amelia.  Gayle is not only a new mother but also a successful wedding photographer based in Charleston, South Carolina.   Gayle puts so much energy and talent into her work.  She was shooting weddings right up until a couple of weeks before Amelia's birth!  Amazing!

On my recent visit to Charleston I got to spend some QT with mother and daughter, laughing, playing, eating and strolling.  As you can imagine Gayle is a bit sleep deprived these days so she needs as much energy as she can get when starting out her day.  Even in SC there is a little bit of a chill in the air this time of year so Gayle likes to cook warm oats with a fresh pear and a dash of cinnamon.  Since this only takes about 20 minutes to prep and cook, Gayle can prepare her oatmeal while she is nursing.  Soon Amelia will be eating oats as well.  It's going to be one of her first whole, milled foods. 


Let me give you the lowdown on why OATS are such a great, WHOLE grain to start your mornings with:
  • Oats are high in fiber and fiber helps remove cholesterol from the digestive system.
  • Research has shown that fiber from whole grains and fruits are protective against developing breast cancer.
  • One cup of oats has a high percentage of manganese which functions as an enzyme activator in the body.  It helps the body maintain a normal blood sugar level.  This important in reducing your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
  • They are also a good source of selenium.  Selenium is helpful in the prevention of heart disease as well as reducing the risk of colon cancer.
WARM OATS WITH PEAR        one serving
Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole oats (gluten-free)
1 cup water
1/2 fresh pear (any variety)
dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions:
1.  Measure out water, place in a small pot and bring to a simmer
2.  Add in oats, pear, cinnamon & salt
3.  Cook for about 15 - 20 minutes until oats are tender
4.  Pour into a serving bowl and top with a kiss of maple syrup
WARM, NOURISHING SUSTENANCE FOR THE WHOLE DAY!

Source:  WH Foods

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy came in at a steady pace and when she made landfall she hit us hard in New York City and New Jersey. In my neighborhood we were extremely lucky to have electricity and no flooding. There were several downed trees on nearby streets but we were in reasonably good shape compared to other parts of the five boroughs. As you can imagine Hurricane Sandy forced parts of the NYC to shut down and the entire city to slow down. When the power is out, streets and tunnels are flooded, houses and lives are lost, it gives us a broader perspective as to what is most important in our lives. We are so used to the hustle and bustle that we seldom take time to look around to see what is happening outside of ourselves or our family's life. This past week was a reminder that sometimes you just need to get slow. 

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