As a new mom, I’m slowly perfecting the art of doing things with one hand while holding a baby in the other.
Typing with one hand – yep. Brushing a teeth while entertaining an infant in the bathroom mirror – check. Making breakfast while bouncing a cranky baby - got it down.
Having said that, there are certainly limitations to what I can cook when Ellie isn’t cooperating. On days when making breakfast or a snack is a one-handed operations I’m very thankful for quick meals; yogurt and granola has been my go-to lately. For the last few weeks I’ve been really enjoying Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola.
At first I was a bit concerned that it was going to be one of those pumpkin-spice flavored foods that initially you love, but after a while you grow tired of (especially during the fall when EVERYTHING is pumpkin spice flavored). However, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
This mild-flavored granola is the perfect addition to your favorite yogurt (mine is Stonyfield’s Smooth & Creamy Whole Milk French Vanilla). It’s packed full of flax and pumpkin seeds, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (an essential fatty acid that your body cannot make but you must obtain from food).
As a bonus, I found the perfect make-ahead snack! I’ve recently discovered (thanks Pinterest & Instagram) something called “chia pudding,” have you heard of it? Basically, if you add chia seeds to liquid (almond milk, for instance) the seeds absorb the liquid, resulting in a pudding-like texture (think tapioca pudding texture, more so than, say, vanilla pudding). Nature’s Path has one-upped the run-of-the-mill chia pudding recipes with their new product, Qi’a (pronounced key-ah).
Qi’a is packed full of not just chia seeds but also buckwheat, hemp, dried cranberries, and almonds. I add 1 TBSP to 5 TBSPs of almond milk, mix briefly, then let it rest for a few hours (even overnight!) for the perfect make ahead snack!
Nature’s Path makes a wide array of Qi’a products, including hot cereals and bars (my next purchase is going to be Qi’a in apple cinnamon – sounds like the perfect fall breakfast!) and are available at most local groceries stores and health food stores.
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