I’m totally into my slow cooker these days. Between work and trying to move to a new house, there is little time for cooking. Eric and I won’t ever miss breakfast, though. For weight management its essential. Plus, were hungry! Even if you’re not hungry–please don’t skip breakfast if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight. Here’s why:
People who skip breakfast or go too long without calories WILL NOT maintain a hormone balance for fat loss. Eating breakfast in the morning facilities calorie burning and prevents metabolic slowdown. Plus it helps to maintain leptin levels (which hopefully you pumped up with a good night’s sleep) and will help to prevent carbohydrate cravings later in the day.
It’s also important to eat a breakfast that includes carbohydrate, protein and fat. Oatmeal with nuts does the deed here. I like to use walnuts (for the added protein and omega 3 fats) more than any other nut for this reason.
As for steel-cut oats, they work great in a slow cooker and have a nutty, firm texture.
- 3 cups water
- 3/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1 can pureed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup honey or date sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Optional: sliced fruit like 2 apples and 1/2 nuts (walnuts or almonds)
- Put all the ingredients (except for the apples and nuts) in a 3-6 qt slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours (overnight)
- Stir and serve 1 cup per person.
- Top with sliced apples and nuts and a splash of almond milk if desired.