Post Christmas, pre New Year’s week. Today I had a small respite from holiday indulgence and chaos.  I was able to focus on work and triathlon training.  As I was slogging away in the pool this morning working on “Early Vertical Forearm Technique” (yeah, right! whatever that is….), my thoughts inevitable turned to food.  I was really trying to stay “in the moment” of my training; knowing full well that being “present” in a workout is how successful athletes become and stay, well, successful!  But there I was. Again. Thinking about food and holidays,  so to the tune of the “12 days of Christmas”, I created the “12 Bowls of Oatmeal”,  with each fruit topping corresponding seasonally to a month. 
Maybe it was the sheer monotony of the swim drills but “what is it about oatmeal?” In the winter (and we’re talking a mild 50ish here in San Diego……) I prefer a hot breakfast to a cold one.  My three favorite breakfasts are as follows (1)  a lightly toasted Ezeikel muffin with avocado, mustard and sprouts (2) a baked sweet potato with melted Daiya (vegan) cheese (3)  a bowl of homey oats, topped with 4 “superfoods”, homemade spiced almond milk whipped up in the Vitamix blender, seasonal fruit (as I write this, the current favorites are ripe organic pears and pink lady apples).
I find that the oats provide a stick- to-your-ribs, satisfying breakfast that will keep hunger at bay and energy high for hours.  Although berries are THE go-to fruit topping on oatmeal; I think that it is best to stay in the season.  You can usually find organic, domestic grapes through December.  Like blueberries, grapes are high in antioxidants, yet it seems as though no one is has thought of them as a hot cereal topper. They are amazing!
Winter Warming Bowl of Breakfast Oats

  • 1/2 Cup-3/4 Organic Oats, cooked in water
  • pinch of Cinnamon
  • 1 ripe Pear, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Spiced Almond Milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Macca Powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds

Here are some other winter choices for fruit

  • Diced Fuyu Persimmon (the kind shaped like an apple) and Pomegranate Seeds
  • Diced Pink Lady Apples and Dates
  • Red Grapes (sliced lengthwise) and grated Orange Zest
  • Bananas with Walnuts

“…..And a partridge in a pear tree”