Hello again! It’s good to be talking with you. I’ve been on the road recently, and away from my desk. But, I’ve got a really great recipe to share with you today and some summer updates about BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE). There is always something new being uncovered, and I am amazed at how this body of knowledge has grown, even in a few months. If you’re new, (or want some refreshing), head over to R. BIE. It will give you a short overview of what I do, how it all works, and why it’s effective.
The summer can be a difficult season for a lot of people, with the heat, pollen, dust and nature popping up all over. It’s no wonder many people just stay inside. However, summer doesn’t have to be that way. I can tell you from my own experience that I used to be on bags of medication every day, and dread “pollen season”. I don’t take any prescription medications any more, and I haven’t for a long time. And no, I’m not one of those people who refuse to take medication thinking that I can just “tough” out the symptoms. I love the summer now. It can be that way for you, too. All the seasons were made to be enjoyed!
Quick Summer Tips:
- Stay hydrated – Aside from obvious reasons, adequate hydration can help reduce your body’s predisposition to have an allergic-type reaction. Histamine responses have been observed to occur more easily in people who are not properly hydrated.
- Take a little vitamin C – it can help support your adrenal glands and immune system.
- Enjoy everything that you can – Be cautious where caution is appropriate, but don’t let the sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, UVA/UVB, SPF be in control of how you spend your time. Those types of summer health tips are great, but balance is always beneficial.
Right now in Ontario, we are right in the thick of berry season. The strawberries are out, and just the other day I noticed that the store is carrying heaps and heaps of blueberries. No longer are they carrying the scrawny 1/2 pint containers. Now they have the gigantic ones that are a challenge to use up before they go bad. When fruit is right in season, it is a completely different thing than the watery, vaguely fruit-like berries for sale during the winter. It is so sweet and strong that it can carry a dish all on its own, no extra sugar required.
With that in mind, I’ve made this easy, blueberry bowl. It’s full of blueberries, oats, and flax, giving you a great start to your day with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C (which helps your body deal with histamine), magnesium, calcium and iron. It has staying power, and is ready before you know it. It doesn’t require any preparation ahead of time, and is hearty enough that it could travel with you. This summery sweet breakfast will have you ready for the day ahead in no time!
Sweet Summer Blueberry and Oats Bowl
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8-12 minutes
- 1/2 tsp Becel Vegan/Earth Balance Spread
- 3 heaping handfuls of fresh blueberries (washed)
- 1 tablespoon Sucanat (use 2 if you prefer your breakfast a little sweeter)
- 1.5 tsp flax-seed meal
- 1/3 C rolled oats
- 1 C soy milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
- In a saucepan over medium heat, warm Becel Vegan until just melted and bubbling slightly (30 seconds), then stir in blueberries. Heat them until the blueberries are just warm through, then add the sucanat. Cook until the sucanat is dissolved and slightly caramelized and the blueberries are soft. (Approx. 3 minutes).
- Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine.
- Reduce the heat, and simmer until the oats are cooked through and the mixture has thickened (8 minutes).
- Serve topped with additional berries, a little honey, seeds, raisins, etc (optional).
In our travels, I was given some honey, so that is what I used on my bowl of oats. I am always impressed by how different honey can taste just because it comes from different places. This honey comes from New Brunswick, Canada, and it is definitely a winner! If you like, you can follow them on @honeyfarmKP on Twitter.
What is your favorite summer breakfast? Oats, toast, cereal? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. – Ready to enjoy summer again? Book an appointment. You will be glad you did.
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