<div class="paragraph">Do you ever deal with regular carb and sugar cravings and wonder what you can eat in replace of the junk?<br><br>When I sit down to plan my meals each week, I always include a morning with oats. They are an excellent alternative to processed cereal, pastires, and bagels that provide tons of fiber to keep blood sugars stable and satisfy those sugar cravings. </div> <div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="162515886552202037-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="162515886552202037-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="162515886552202037-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/apless-2_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery162515886552202037]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/apless-2.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="533" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-38.83%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="162515886552202037-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="162515886552202037-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/apples1_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery162515886552202037]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/apples1.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="596" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-49.33%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph"> <span>This morning, I got a craving for some apples and decided to make a homemade apple topping for our oats. </span><br><br><span>This is going to be a regular oatmeal topping in our house from now on. It was seriously so delicious and filled me up for hours!<br><br>If grains cause stomach issues, I recommend soaking as it breaks down phytic acid found in grains which binds to minerals preventing them from being absorbed by your body.<br><br>The soaking process is extremely helpful in making the grains more digestable and nutritionally dense plus it cuts down on cooking time. <br><br></span><br><u><strong>Maple-Cinnamon Apple Oats</strong><br></u>Serves 4<br><br><u>The night before:</u><br>-3 cups rolled oats (soaked in water + 3 T yogurt)<br><br><u>For cooking the next morning:<br></u>-soaked oats + extra water if needed<br>-3 T grass-fed butter<br>-1 tsp cinnamon<br>-2 pinches of salt<br><br><u>Apple Topping:</u><br>-1-2 apples, diced<br>-1 T grass-fed butter<br>-1 tsp cinnamon<br>-2 T maple syrup or brown sugar<br><br>1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, place the oats in a medium-sized bowl and cover with water. Add yogurt and stir. Cover bowl and let this sit out on your counter overnight. <br><br>2. The next morning, add oats (plus some extra water if needed), butter, cinnamon to a medium-sized pot. Cook on low for about 5-7 minutes or until oats are softened. This will take significantly less time since you soaked overnight. <br><br>3. While the oats are cooking, heat a small pot and add apple toppings (butter, apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup). Cook for 3-5 minutes or until apples have softened. <br><br>4. Serve oatmeal and top with apple mixture plus peanut butter and pumpkin seeds!<br> </div>