For the first morning in 2 1/2 months, I bid adieu to my staple green smoothie and experimented with a new breakfast food more well-suited to the chilly Wisconsin autumn: oatmeal. Transitioning to a heavy bowl of oats from a refreshing, fruit-and-kale-packed smoothie proved a bit difficult and my stomach felt slightly sluggish for the rest of the morning, but it certainly warded off my shivering at the breakfast table (icy smoothies, though delicious, fit more snugly into warm-weather days when your body needs cooling, rather than colder ones when it needs exactly the opposite).
My greatest concern in forgoing breakfast smoothies involved kale, for how could I incorporate the leafy nutritional powerhouse into oatmeal without it tasting…well, like kale? With smoothies, the fruit overpowered the kale’s grassiness, but I remained skeptical that kale and oatmeal would marry well. Taking a leap of faith, I chopped my lacinato kale incredibly finely, like one would mince parsley, hoping that the kale would blend adequately into the oats.
The rest of the ingredients comprised of more orthodox breakfast fare: 1/2 cup gluten-free oats cooked in 3/4 cup Edensoy Extra soy milk with a dash of cardamom and cinnamon, mixed with 1 small banana, 1 dried fig, 2 dried apricots, 1 tbsp almond butter, (then the wierder ingredients) 1 tbsp Green Superfoods Powder, and 5 small leaves of veryveryvery finely chopped lacinato kale.
Breakfast Checklist: Protein—soy milk. Whole Grain—gluten-free rolled oats. Fruit—banana, dried apricots, dried figs. Leafy Green—kale. “Power Food”—green powder.
By golly, my concoction didn’t taste half bad! In fact, I’d say it tasted fairly yummy. During the last seven minutes of the oats’ cooking time, I added in the kale to sufficiently cook it. Surely if I hadn’t taken that step, the grassy flavor would have shone through the oats, but the rest of the ingredients mellowed out the kaleness.
I truly do miss my smoothies, but perhaps I can continue to attain my goal of leafy greens at every meal with this new breakfast.
For more green oatmeal craziness, check out my ninth What I Ate Wednesday.
Comment Provoking Questions: What’s the craziest dish into which you’ve incorporated kale? What are your favorite oatmeal mix-ins? What do you eat for breakfast every morning?
Until next time, Ali.