Apple Pear Cinnamon Spiced Oatmeal

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This recipe will fill all your Fall cravings! Packed with pear, apple, and cinnamon, and melded together with cinnamon, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Could you ask for anything more?

I've been taking time out of my days lately to meditate and eat more consciously. It's really helped me slow down while eating and chewing. I usually don't eat too fast but when I'm working a lot and am in a time crunch I sometimes have to gobble down food, which I hate! Then I have a hard time transitioning back to eating slowly again.

The good thing is that I've recognized this is something I need to work on, and meditating has helped a lot. I feel more mellow and don't let the small things get to me or effect me. I feel more grounded and present throughout the day as well. So many people have been raving and recommending meditation to me for  a while, and I thought that I needed to go to a meditation center to learn how to do it, but really you can do this anywhere you are. It takes just 5 minutes, or more if you have it a day. To sit in a quiet place and breath, and listen to your breath and let go of your thoughts. Guided meditation is a great option as well, because it keeps your mind at ease and on track of letting go of your thoughts and focusing on the experience.

This has helped me so much in eating more consciously. I chew my food, and let myself feel satisfied. I don't risk getting indigestion or feeling bad from eating too much too quickly.

Recognizing something you'd like to improve is the best realization. Not only will it motivate you to work on something that you know isn't good for you, but it will also open your mind to different forms of healing. In my case, this was meditation. Also, to reduce stress in my life. And let me tell you, I was pretty much a stress ball during college and after I graduated, freaking about what to do with my life and how I was going to support myself. Meditating has really allowed me to let go of these negative thoughts and enjoy the moment and my journey. I no longer allow other peoples stress, become my own, and it feels liberating and great! I try to keep positive as much as I can, and see the good in everything.

It's so easy to take for granted what you have and not realize the blessings that you have right in front of you. The challenge is to overcome those negative emotions and bring more positive ones into your life everyday. If you deal with stress, and it affects your eating habits in any way, I highly recommend trying meditation. Download a guided meditation CD, listen, breath, relax, and let go.

Hope you enjoy this Autumn inspired recipe!

Ingredients:

Serves 2 people

  • 1 red pear
  • 1/2 gala apple
  • lemon rind and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1-2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water

Toppings

  • Chia seeds
  • Sliced red pear
  • Mulberries
  • Raw almonds

1. Thinly slice red pear and gala apple into bite sized pieces.

2. Heat saucepan on low heat and add in red pear, gala apple, lemon juice and rind, cinnamon, maple syrup, and about 1/4 of almond milk. Cook until fruit becomes soft.

3. Add in oatmeal, rest of almond milk, and water.

4. cook on low heat, stirring frequently until oatmeal is fully cooked.

5. Place in bowls and add the toppings! Enjoy!