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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

By Lindsay Hunt | February 14, 2011

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

I know that it’s Valentine’s Day and I should be sharing pink-frosted sugar cookies, heart-shaped brownies, and fudgy chocolate cake. While I on the one hand wish I could take a nibble of all three goodies, I am making a concerted effort to reduce sugar and refined flours in my diet, and to increase whole grains and fruit.  Not to mention I’m reinstating the morning work out, and I need a filling, delicious, and healthy breakfast to get my day started, day of love or not.

So this morning, instead of pancakes, or coffee cake, I made a delicious apple-packed, cinnamon-scented bowl of oatmeal.  The cinnamon and apple contribute all the flavor and sweetness you could need in the morning, but for an extra V-day treat I added a spoonful of dark brown sugar.  That’s a lot less than most cereals have, and I’ve even been known to add a hearty scoop of light brown sugar to my oatmeal.  Now I can enjoy this day of love without the guilt of indulgence.

For an equally guilt-free Valentine’s Day Meal, make this five-ingredient Beets and Quinoa dish. Maroon and pink beets would certainly be festive!

For a sweetener with a lower Glycemic Index, choose Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup.

Happy Valentines Day!

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