Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and long weekend. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to start my Monday with a healthy breakfast and get in a get back to barre and routine. Since it’s cold here I’m craving oatmeal, although if you were following along on social media yesterday we swapped our Scone Sunday for Smoothie Bowl Sunday and enjoyed smoothie bowls even though temps were below freezing. On the menu this morning though Golden Turmeric Cranberry Oatmeal!
As I said I’ve been all about the oats, even making what I wanted to call SmOAThies (combo of oatmeal and smoothie bowl) for the last few months. Many twists of cravings like chai, turmeric, cranberries, and caramelized bananas. Not the usual pumpkin I’m craving this time of year. Ones on regular rotation being my Chai Chia Nana Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats Smoothie Bowl, and then this Golden Turmeric Cranberry Oatmeal. Also variations of these swapping the bananas in my Chai Chia Nana Oatmeal for cranberry sauce (or making my Cranberry Superfood Oatmeal on mornings I have a little more time) and making my Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats Smoothie Bowl with golden turmeric milk. These aren’t new though as I was enjoying Golden Banana Bread Chia Oats, another twist with more chia seeds and banana, over a year ago. I’m like a broken record sometimes when it comes to food and when I get in my cravings I keep with it making variations until I get bored, find something new, or in the case of cranberry sauce run out. Loving my cranberries for months in the fall and winter usually making a batch a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, for Thanksgiving and enjoying them after, and then one last batch in December then I move on. Then back to bananas, haha. I’m not a huge banana fan and don’t usually eat them raw, I use to pre workout but haven’t for a few years and until my caramelized banana craving hit months ago I would go weeks without eating a banana. Now with oatmeal and topping my toast I typically make them at least twice a week, sometimes days in a row but I try to switch things up a little.
Many know my love for golden turmeric milk and turmeric in general. I especially love it for recovery post workout. Turmeric also supports a healthy immune system as it’s packed with antioxidants and includes great anti-inflammatory properties. This Golden Turmeric Cranberry Oatmeal is a quick and easy post workout breakfast for mornings I get my workout in early. That is why I have noted adding protein as an option, see notes in the recipe. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, and high in vitamin C and fiber. and high in vitamin C and fiber. They also fight inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, and help prevent ulcers and yeast infections and may help prevent cancer. Here are a few more of my favorite ways to use turmeric and cranberries.
This week will be full of cranberries, turmeric lattes, and lots and lots of fruits and veggies! Maybe even more smoothies sipped in sub freezing temps while wearing lots of layers.
Today being Monday doesn’t just mean getting back to school or work and a fresh start to a new week but also Meatless Monday! My co-host Deborah and I look forward to seeing what’s cooking in your kitchen right now and hope you link up with us for Meatless Monday below or tell us in the comments.
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