When you wake up feeling gloomy, this apple cinnamon oatmeal is just the thing

True, I’m on the Ketone diet and should be only eating low carbs/medium protein/high fat for my first meal but this morning, I’m feeling like comfort food. And of course, in honour of the Bala Cranberry Festival this weekend in Bala, I threw in some cranberries. It all has me ruminating on gloomy days and what to do to snap out of it.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This recipe is from goop

A detox version of a classic, this one relies on the natural sweetness of apples and dates to approximate that comforting taste of childhood. I used cranberries instead of dates. About six will just give it that inimitable tang. Every year I pick up a 10 pound bag of Cranberries at the Cranberry Festival and put them into my freezer. This lasts roughly a year and these local cranberries improve everything from pies to cakes to oatmeal.

Serves 1

1 medium fuji apple, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces

2 tablespoons + 1 ½ cups water

1 teaspoon coconut sugar

1 pitted date, finely chopped

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup gluten-free oats

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons toasted chopped walnuts, to serve

1. Combine diced apple, water, coconut sugar, chopped date, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture up to a simmer, lower the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Add the oats, remaining 1 ½ cups water, and the salt, and simmer over low heat, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add more water or a little almond milk if you like a slightly looser texture.

3. Transfer to a bowl and top with toasted chopped walnuts, a pinch of coconut sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon.

oatmeal

Chasing the blues

Guess what? none of us are immune to feeling glum. It happens even to the sunniest of us. In addition to comfort food –my chosen route this a.m.–here are some other antidotes.

Go for a walk. The leaves are finally turning and even cloudy days have crisp autumn air. Take deep cleansing breaths.

Meditate. My trainer told me yesterday that he has been meditating for ten minutes every night before getting between the sheets and that it has improved his sleep immeasurably. Yoga Instructor Jenn Dwyer has a new website with meditation tips. Check it out: http://www.jenniferdwyer.ca/

Start watching a new series on HBO or Netflix or even terrestrial tv, but make sure it is something upbeat and not bloody. Narcos not recommended here. If you haven’t started watching Suits or Scandal or This is Us, the time is NOW.

Buy tickets to see an artist who you love or want to learn to love for a winter performance. For example, Luminato now has tickets on sale for the Canadian Premiere of BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV. a solo theatrical performance based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is an emotional journey deep into the poet’s visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky’s mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis’ reverent imagining of Brodsky’s interior world. Tickets to this in January will definitely give you something to look forward to.

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