As the temperatures drop my body begins to crave warmer, comforting foods. This morning I made turmeric-infused steel cut oats with creamy almond butter, sprinkled with tart, juicy ruby red pomegranate jewels.
Just a few words on the luscious pomegranate..it contains powerful anticarcinogeic and anti-inflammatory compounds such as ellagic acid and red-pigmented flavonoids called “anthocyanins.” Just one-half cup of the ruby red arils provide 18% daily value of vitamin K and 15% daily value of vitamin C. In Chinese medicine red foods are believed to nourish the heart and in Indian Ayurveda they are believed to support healthy lymphatic flow. I love pomegranates for their beautiful color and sweet, tart flavor! Blend into smoothies, sprinkle onto salads or in this case enjoy with oatmeal.
Each delicious bite contains a rich blend of heart-healthy fatty acids, fiber, calcium, protein and anti-inflammatory compounds to nourish my body. You can read multiple studies on the powerful compiles in ginger and turmeric as well that contribute to the anti-inflammatory benefits of this dish.
Before cooking the steel cut oats I soaked them for several hours to release any phytates. These compounds bind to minerals like zinc and iron, preventing absorption.
In addition to almond butter and pomegranate, I also added some pink Himalayan salt, chia seeds, turmeric, ginger and raisins for some natural sweetness.
The fiber, protein and fat help keep you full and maintain stable blood glucose throughout the day. Bonus points!
1/2 cup soaked steel cut oats
1/4 cup pomegranate jewels
1 Tbsp unsalted almond butter
1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp raisins
Take a mason jar and measure a half cup of steel cut oats. Pour some water into the jar and cover. Let the oats soak overnight in the fridge.
Rinse the oats the next day to remove the phytates released from the water.
You can add the remaining ingredients to the oats and enjoy as is. However, I like to warm up my oats in a saucepan with some water, stirring in all the ingredients. The almond butter will be easier to incorporate as well.
I love to sprinkle the pomegranates on top and enjoy their crunch and tart bite. You can either purchase them ready to eat or have fun getting the seeds yourself 😉
Happy and Healthy Cravings! 🙂