Did you know that, not long ago, everyone ate soaked oatmeal?
I just found out that the directions on the oatmeal containers directed you to soak your oatmeal every night! Crazy, huh?
Why would they want to soak their oatmeal? Basically, soaking your oatmeal makes it easier to digest. You get more of the good stuff from your whole grains, and the stuff that is hard to digest is already pre-digested for you!
I got the book, Nourishing Traditions (affiliate link), from the library, and have been soaking our oatmeal with kefir or vinegar water to help that digestion process out just a little bit more.
Before you start grossing out, it actually still tastes good! The end result can be a little more mushy than what we’re used to, but my kids love it. We love to add a little extra cream on top with maple syrup, and maybe even a few frozen strawberries or blueberries.
The process is rather simple. Really, the hardest part about it is thinking ahead and remembering to soak the oatmeal the night before.
The Night Before:
First you start by combining 1 cup warm water with 2 Tablespoons whey, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, lemon juice, or vinegar. We’ve used kefir and vinegar so far.
Then you mix the water solution with 1 cup of Oats, cover it, and place it in a warm spot overnight (or for 7 – 24 hours).
In The Morning:
Bring 1 cup of water with 1/2 tsp of sea salt to a boil. Once it boils, add your soaked oats, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for a few minutes until it’s the consistency you like it.
Once the oats have been cooked, you can stir in a Tablespoon of ground Flax Seed if you’d like.
Serve with butter or cream, and your favorite natural sweetener. We like honey or maple syrup and some frozen fruit or fruit preserves!
That’s it! Easy, peasy.
Enjoy your Oatmeal!
(Copyright Information: This recipe was taken from the book, Nourishing Traditions (affiliate link), labeled as Breakfast Porridge. Check out Nourishing Traditions (affiliate link) for great explanations on to eat a more traditional diet and why the modern diet can be so devastating to our health.)