Friday, May 31, 2013

Overnight Earl Grey Tea Porridge

I have a strange love affair with oatmeal (or porridge? Call it what you will).


I could eat it every day, and it makes me feel awesome. Colour me surprised when I learned I could make it even more awesome thanks to Natural Vitality's Natural Calm packets, which help our bodies sort of their magnesium and calcium intake, resulting in body harmony and happiness. Natural Vitality contacted me recently to let me know about an awesome recipe contest they have on for their products***. I love finding ways to use new things in recipes, especially when it comes to vitamins.

I have these terrible memories of after I had my leg surgery (my tibia bones were restructured when I was 9) and taking a ton of disgusting chalky vitamins and totally hating life. Part, yes, because of the terrible pain and the whole "learning how to walk again" thing, but a lot of it had to do with choking back the awful pills and vitamins I needed. I admit -- I was nervous to try these ones and waited to judge them harshly if they brought back any more of those memories. But I was really surprised to find that not only do they taste kind of awesome (and come in lots of flavours), but they dissolve in water and you don't have to deal with any textures. Phew!

I thought about making a smoothie or some other kind of drink, but then I remembered how much I love eating stuff (expect vitamins). So I decided to incorporate it into one of my favourite breakfasts - earl grey tea oatmeal.

This oatmeal is one of my go-to recipes. It's relaxing, full of flavour on its own, but pairs well with chocolate, berries, honey, or even a little brown sugar. I usually just cook it up in the morning, but adapted it to an overnight oatmeal for this recipe. You just have to put it in a container over night, with no need to cook it. If caffeine isn't your thing, you can use decaffeinated, and still get the same results. But I like a little kick in the morning.

***Disclosure: I was provided products by Natural Vitality to contribute to their recipe contest. My opinion of the products, however, are my own.


Calming Overnight Earl Grey Tea Porridge
Leanne Bakes

Yields two servings. Or one giant one.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cups rolled oats (I just use the quick cook ones)
2 bags Earl Grey Tea
1 packet Natural Calm by Natural Vitality
any toppings you'd like

Directions
Bring the water to a boil, and steep the tea bags for 2-3 minutes. (Sometimes I will let them sit for up to 20 minutes, but it depends on how you like your tea). Remove the tea bags after steeping, and allow to cool. Mix in the Natural Calm packet, stir well to dissolve, then add the oats.

Keep refrigerated overnight, and enjoy in the morning! Serve with some milk, fruit, honey, or sugar.

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