This warm breakfast is a fabulous way to add powerful adaptogens and mood boosters to your morning. Maca can help reduce hot flashes and night sweats during your menopausal years. Just 1 Tbsp. of powdered maca per day can decrease nervousness, mild depression, insomnia, and hot flashes. It also can help increase bone density! Maca gently raises our body’s production of “good” estrogen, while at the same time lowering levels of stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
We love doing a little advance planning on this for two reasons. 1) Deciding what you are having for breakfast the night before ensures that you will stick to your healthy plan (instead of eating sugary, boxed cereal at the last moment.) And 2) Making the plan the night before allows you to soak your oats! Soaking oats helps remove the phytic acid, making the oats more digestible and nutritious, and also makes the oats extra creamy and delicious.
So, with that in mind, before you go to bed, if you are making oatmeal for two, pour one cup of oats into a large bowl and cover with water by 2 inches and soak overnight. In the morning, simply drain and rinse, and cook oats as directed. You can vary the berries with seasonal fruit, and remember that variety is key in terms of getting a range of nutrients into your diet.
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Join us for our signature program, 12-week Sage Menopause Strategies program, where we teach about the effects of stress and introduce eight adaptogens that are particularly supportive during this transition. Each one has its own unique properties, which address different challenges.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup oats (ideally soaked overnight, but if not, a quick soak with boiling water before cooking)
- dash sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. hemp hearts
- 1 tsp. maca powder
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
- 1/4 cup Raisins chopped
- 2 strawberries diced
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- almond milk to taste
- Bring water to a boil and add the salt. Add oats and stir well. Reduce heat. Stir frequently. Once thickened to your likeness, add vanilla and cinnamon and remove from heat. In a bowl top the oatmeal with hemp, maca, walnuts, raisins, strawberries, and then maple syrup and almond milk to taste. So warm and delish on a wintry morning!