I am not a morning person. My morning routine usually consists of rolling out of bed, brushing my teeth and walking out the door. I’ll have breakfast on the bus, at the office or not at all. I decided that I needed to prep some emergency non-perishable food items for those particularly rough mornings. Oatmeal, despite the fact that I still kinda hate it, was a good start. I decided to come up with “jazzy” mixes that would help me enjoy oatmeal once and for all. This dried berry mix is great because it has sweet notes, a tart kick and a hint of cinnamon. It’s packed with healthy ingredients that are natural and protein rich. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Oh! Did I mention that it happens to be tasty too? It’s the perfect breakfast to start your day right.
Store in an air tight jar, at work or at home. When you are ready, simply serve out a portion and add boiling water and/or almond milk.
About the ingredients:
Barberries: Also known as berberis or zereshk (Iranian) are dried fruit found in Persian and European cuisine. They may be a little tricky to track down but totally worth it. They have a sour-sweet taste that makes you pucker-up. When I first ate these, I thought they were the perfect replacement for sour patch candies. They also offer many health benefits, such as cleansing the liver and fighting infections. Very rich in vitamin C and high in protein.
Goji Berries: These have been listed as a super food on many websites and articles. The goji berry is native to parts of Asia and are most often grown in the Himalayas. They are known for being a powerful antioxidant. They have a multitude of vitamins and are also known as immune boosters and diabetes fighters! Read more here.
Chia seeds: Another popular health food that is rich in fibre, omega fatty acids and protein. They’re well known for being high in minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
Almonds: I don’t think I need to say much about almonds. They’re a great source of protein that helps you lower “bad” cholesterol. They nourish the body, help the nervous system and taste delicious.
Cinnamon: Although mostly added for taste, cinnamon also has its health perks. Some of those include lowering blood sugar and boosting brain function.
Brown sugar: It may be brown but it’s still sugar. I added this for taste but if you can live without a sweetener, then you may want to omit it. Truthfully, I need a little sweetness in my life from time to time. I’m sure that you do too!
Where to find the ingredients in Montreal:
I got the goji berries, barberries, chia seeds and almonds for under $10. I found the organic quick oats at IGA.
If you live outside Montreal (DDO, Longueuil, Laval, Pierrefonds) you can also find everything at Bulk Barn.
If the south west and outer Montreal is really out of your way, you can try the health food shops below. They have everything but the barberries. If you can’t get your hands on barberries then replace them with goji berries for the time being.
Bio Terre on St. Viateur, for Plateau/Mile End dwellers.
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If you know any other shops in the city that sell these items, please share!
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