F#ck Brunch: Oatmeal with Poached Apples
Photography by Shay Harrington, Styling by Monica Pierini, Words by Tayler Rae Dubé
Oatmeal is a staple breakfast choice amongst cyclists, and for good reason! Oats keep you full for miles and provide your body with plenty of nutrients and sugars, allowing you think clearly all ride. In this recipe, we replaced your average dried fruit toppers with fresh pomegranate seeds and delicious poached apples!
1/2 cup thick cut oats
1 cup almond milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 apple, sliced thinly
1/4 tsp cardamon
1/4 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
Combine oats, milk and salt in a small saucepan. Cook until desired doneness 8-15 minutes.
In a small skillet combine apple slices, cardamon and cider. Cook over medium heat until
tender. Remove apple slices with a slotted spoon and set liquid aside. Top oatmeal with apple
slices and pomegranate seeds. Remaining cider and additional milk.
Why it should be your next breakfast
Oats: Gluten free and high in vitamins and minerals, oats provide many health benefits. Gluten-free oats allowed people on gluten-free diets to achieve their recommended daily intakes of fiber, as well as increasing levels of a particular antioxidant called bilirubin, which helps the body eliminate free radicals as well as protect the brain from oxidative damage. Oat beta glucan also keep your body satisfied for long periods of time, meaning its the perfect pre long ride fuel.
Apples: The old saying goes "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!" and well that may not be completely true, they definitely have a ton of health benefits. Apples are high in a soluble form of fiber called pectin that helps block your body's absorption of cholesterol. Being high in fiber also means they keep you fuller for longer. Eating apples has also been linked to better lung function, most likely due to an antioxidant found in the skin, something we all need when riding bikes! Make sure to wash your apples before eating, though. They are also one of the fruits found with the highest amount of pesticides.
Almond Milk: A great alternative to milk for vegans and lactose intolerant folk, Almonds are an amazing super-food. They are a top plany source for protein and vitamin E, and are packed with fiber, calcium, Iron and and other important nutrients. Low in calories, almond milk still provided healthy monounsaturated fat for heart health. In Brooklyn we love Fresh Till Death's organic nut milks, delivered by bicycle from Red Lantern.