“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”
~Julia Child~ (Cooking Quotes)
Here you may witness my usual dish to “cook”. This is my usual breakfast, & as close to real cooking as I intend to get today. I’m limited to what is on hand, & there is nothing inspiring on hand I want to work with, so voila! This is what you get today:~) It’s tasty, quick, & easy, plus filling & good for me. I always feel good after I eat it, satisfied & light – if that makes any sense.
Plain nonfat yogurt (you can read why here), 100% pure pumpkin (comes in a can, but I didn’t have an unopened can onhand), Fiber One cereal, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, & paprika. Paprika is new, since I mistook it for the cinnamon yesterday & realized it didn’t affect the flavor & had some anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a Fitness.com article listing the health properties of some spices.
Granted I don’t know how potent the dollar store spices I use actually are, but if I think it helps, then of course it helps! The most powerful medicine we have is belief.
I also look for yogurts with live, active cultures in it because I have lots of tummy troubles (IBS most notably) & it helps to sort things out. The pumpkin & cereal are loaded with fiber, which is also good for the digestive system. Here’s some extra info on the health benefits of pumpkin. They say it has anti-aging properties, but I eat a lot of pumpkin & from what I can tell I’m still turning 36 next month. *shrug*
And just in case you need a formal recipe to feel like this is a cooking post… (Note: I don’t actually measure my spices, so these are just ball park guesses.)
- 1c plain nonfat yogurt (3Pts+)
- 1c 100% pumpkin puree (0Pts+)
- 1/2c Fiber One cereal (2Pts+)
- 1T ground cinnamon (0Pts+)
- 2t ground ginger (0Pts+)
- 2t paprika (0Pts+)
- optionally you can add honey for sweetness.
- Add yogurt, pumpkin, spices, & mix thoroughly.
- Sprinkle Fiber One & mix in.
- Add honey whenever you want to.
- Eat it! (Total 5Pts+ if you’re counting)
For those who like something warmer, the pumpkin, spices, & honey work really well in a hot cereal, too.