And you thought oatmeal couldn’t be paleo?
For those of you who are following a paleo diet, but are missing your daily bowl of oatmeal, have no fears! Paleo oatmeal is here!
Okay, so maybe this isn’t exactly ‘oatmeal.’ But it’s pretty darn delicious. Butternut squash and soaked nuts play a major role in this wholesome and healthy breakfast.
Why Paleo Oatmeal Makes an Excellent Breakfast
Sure, it’s pretty unconventional. But I think butternut squash is an excellent way to start your day. Here are some awesome reasons why you should consider eating butternut squash for breakfast this morning:
- Vitamin A—Need I say more? I know I rant and rave about vitamin A all day every day, but it’s true! Vitamin A is the secret the radiant skin. And don’t you want to start your day with a meal that will help you glow?
- Healthy Polyunsaturated Fat—Almonds and Pecans give you a healthy dose of fat in this meal. Specifically, soaking nuts like almonds can help digest them better!
- Calcium—Depending on what kind of milk/milk substitute you use, this breakfast can actually be loaded with calcium. That almond milk I use has about 40% of my recommended calcium intake. That’s more than a traditional class of cow’s milk. Look at different nutritional labels when purchasing dairy substitutes and try to find something with at least 20% of your recommended calcium in it.
- Fiber—Americans are encouraged to get at least 25g of fiber in their diets per day. But most people don’t get nearly that amount of fiber in their diets. Between the butternut squash, the nuts, and the fruit in this dish, you’ll definitely get more fiber than if you ate a bowl of sugary cereal or some toast and jam.
- Easy to Make—I’ve saved probably the best reason to make this breakfast for last. Did I forget to tell you that you make this oatmeal in your slow cooker? Simply throw all the ingredients (chopped of course) into your crock pot the night before, set on low, and wake up the next morning to a magic pot of cinnamon goodness!
One last note: this recipe was originally adapted from this recipe by Rubies and Radishes. I like some of the components of this dish, but decided to make it my own. Definitely check out Arsy’s blog and cookbook for even more awesome paleo finds and food hacks.