A bowl of fibre goodness

Snow started falling at about one yesterday afternoon and didn't stop all night. The streets, roofs, driveways, our balcony, are covered in the wonderful white stuff. To start my morning off, I cooked up a bowl of my winter morning staple: Red River Hot Cereal. It's all flaxy goodness, and I usually add a couple spoonfuls of plain yogurt, a handful of nuts (like walnuts or cashews or pumpkin), a drizzle of good maple syrup and a sprinkle of coconut and cinnamon to the bowl.

My friend Jo, from the George Street Naturopathic Medicine in Waterloo, has a winter morning ritual of porridge. Below is her recipe.

Mix together in a large bowl:

• 4 cups oatmeal
• 2 cups oatbran
• 1 cup ground flaxseed
• 1 cup ground almonds
• 1 cup ground sunflower seeds

Soak 1/3 of a cup overnight in the fridge in milk (rice, almond, soy, goat or cow). No cooking is necessary – just heat before you eat. You can add dried or frozen fruit before soaking. In the morning, heat it up in a pot and add some maple syrup or honey to taste. Store the remaining dry porridge in a container in the fridge and use within 4 weeks.

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