Another leftover creation that turned out so delish, that I will just make it on purpose and not wait for leftovers! A little Italian, a little Asian – win win!
Of course I had sprinkled everything on top, really pretty, to take an appetizing Insta-pic but then I stirred it and started eating it before I remembered to take the PICTURE!!
We like the really thin spaghettini or vermicelli noodles when we are eating pasta. I love to have just a little taste of noodle and mostly taste the veggies and sauce that I’ve dressed it with.
Since, I was starting with leftover spaghettini that had been in the fridge, it was cold and I decided to roll with it and make a cold noodle ‘salad’.
I added my seed mix. This SUPERFOOD mix I’m trying for the first time. Usually I just add hemp hearts and the “salad topper” from Costco that has pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries in it. Either way these seeds are a healthy source of fat, great fibre and add a nice crunch. I also sprinkled some chili powder, S&P and chopped up fresh basil. For a little moisture and some salty asian flavour (because that is what I love, give me heat and salt and I’m a happy girl!) I added a splash of tamari. Tamari is fermented soy sauce. Because of the fermentation, the salt doesn’t effect your blood pressure the same way that it would with other salty products and it is gluten-free if you need that.
If you decide to give it a try I hope you like it as much as I did!
OATMEAL: 28grams (1 small bowl) per day = 5% lower death risk (because the leading causes of death involve your heart and oatmeal is great for your heart)
Oatmeal has many health benefits and is quick and easy to prepare in the morning before work and school. You can also add a variety of fruits (both fresh and dried), nuts, seeds (chia seeds, pumpkin, sunflower) and spices (cinnamon) to the oatmeal to give it different flavours and boost it’s nutritional value even more!
This boosted version of oatmeal that I made for my kids before school took about 5 mins:
- quick oats & boiling water (protein and vitamins)
- hemp hearts (protein)
- ground flax (healthy fibre and anti-inflammatory)
- cinnamon (anti-inflammatory)
- chopped banana (vitamin C, fibre, protein)
- rasins (protein, antioxidants)
- dried cranberries (fibre, antioxidants)
- pumpkin and sunflower seeds (good fats for the brain!)
- a heaping scoop of coconut mango whip (healthy fat and vitamins)
- a small blob of maple syrup since my kids like it on the sweeter side (they are kids after all!)
- scoop of peanut butter (healthy fats, protein)
Some of the health benefits of oatmeal are:
– BETA GLUCAN (which is an extremely helpful sugar) – reduces absorption of cholesterol reducing LDL 7% (similar to a statin drug but without side effects)
– beta glucan also increases the production of bile salts which are critical for the digestion and absorption of fats (prevention of gall stones)
– it contains vitamins and minerals such as copper, manganese, iron, b vitamins
– oats are a source of soluble fibre which lowers cholesterol (lowering the risk of heart disease)
– oats are anti-inflammatory; lowering your blood pressure; reducing arthritis
– they help control your body weight
– improve liver function (fatty liver disease is now the most common cause of liver disease, even more than alcohol)
– increase positive gut flora (beneficial bacteria in your stomach and intestines)
With all these health benefits and so many ways to make it delicious I hope you consider making oatmeal a part of your morning!