Need a new Quick & Healthy Breakfast Idea?

Want to start your day with a hearty breakfast but don’t have time in the morning? Why not pull out your slow cooker – it’s not just for dinner!   Prep some oatmeal to cook overnight and come down in the morning to a hot, delicious breakfast ready to go!

Steel-cut oats works best, as they are the least processed of all oatmeal varieties, meaning they are coarser and maintain their texture after cooking - rolled oats can get a bit mushy overnight.  

For 4 servings, start by combining one cup of steel-cut oatmeal with 3 cups of water and a pinch of kosher or Himalayan salt in the pot of your slow cooker.   Set to cook on ‘Low’ overnight (or for 6 hours if yours has a timer). Then pick one of the add-ons below, or simply use your imagination!

✅  Substitute full-fat coconut (or almond or cashew) milk for one half of the water in the recipe.

✅  Include ¼ teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon & a diced, peeled apple before cooking.

✅ Top cooked oatmeal with fresh berries, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or  chia seeds

✅ or swirl in a spoonful of almond or peanut butter.

XO,

Koren Bradshaw

Koren is a clinical nutritionist and certified lactation counselor passionate about functional nutrition and lifestyle education.

If you would like to set up a consultation with Koren call us at (203) 254 - 2633 to discuss your health concerns. We would love to help!


How Milk Thistle Can Help Your Spring Cleanse

Currently I, and my group of yearly spring cleansers are entering our second week of “detoxing”.

The benefits of our cleanse are already observed with some weight loss, some clarity, less headaches. I’m quite proud of one of our members who has cut her large dunk’in coffee down to a tiny cup.

There are so many ways to cleanse your body of the toxins that are ubiquitous in our world. Silybum Marianum  commonly known as milk thistle is one herb you will usually find it in any cleanse product that you purchase.

Milk Thistle has been utilized for multiple ailments but the one it is best known for is to help the liver detoxify. It has antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory components.

I have prescribed it frequently and have seen it, along with other measures, improve liver function tests.

It is considered safe with minimal side effects. It can actually lower blood sugar, so if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia you want to make sure you are aware of this possibility. If you have a ragweed allergy you may also react to Milk Thistle.

Milk thistle also has positive estrogenic effects, and may act like a phytoestrogen which means that it can hop onto the estrogen receptor sites it may help decrease your chances of breast cancer and also may help maintain healthy bones. However, you may read about warnings not to ingest if you have or are at risk for breast cancer. The jury appears to be out about whether or not Milk Thistle helps or hurts someone with hormone-sensitive cancers. Always discuss with your healthcare practitioner before starting any supplement if you do have a medical condition.

Interested in joining our next Spring Cleanse Group? Give us a call at 203-254-2633. We plan to start on Saturday the 27th at 2pm with a follow-up on May 4th and May 11th.

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife