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Oatmeal Breakfast Sausage

I’m a big fan of oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which aids in digestion and acts as a prebiotic for good gut health. Gut health has been linked to mental health. Oatmeal is also a good source of zinc, which has antidepressant properties, reduces anxiety and protects the brain from environmental toxins. When I heard about the “oatmeal breakfast bootcamp” recipe collection at The Watering Mouth, I was overjoyed to see the unique and fabulous oatmeal recipes. More ways to incorporate oatmeal! This inspired me to share my “secret recipe” for Oatmeal Breakfast Sausage. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or just interested in cutting down on saturated fat, you will love this version of “sausage”. To be honest though, the main reason I created this recipe was for using up leftover oatmeal! It’s hard to always make just the right amount of oatmeal and easy to make too much. Leftover oatmeal quickly becomes a sticky solidified glob that isn’t very appetizing on its own. I had this brainstorm to fry it up as sausage patties. The texture is very much like sausage and the oatmeal is bland enough to take on the flavors of the sausage spices. You can mix your own sausage seasoning blend or you can use a commercial blend such as this one made by A.C. Legg. If you use a commercial blend, I recommend using one that does not have MSG added. Here is my basic recipe to give you a starting point. You can add more or less red pepper flakes and cayenne to make it hotter or milder. You can tweak this a hundred different ways. This makes a fairly mild “sausage” with good flavor.   Sausage Seasoning Blend 1 tsp salt ½ tsp dried parsley ½ tsp dried sage (rub this between your fingers as you add it to enhance the flavor) ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper ¼ tsp dried thyme ¼ tsp red pepper flakes ¼ tsp cayenne pepper pinch of garlic powder ¼ tsp ground coriander (optional)     Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.                   Add seasoning blend to 3 cups leftover old-fashioned oatmeal (you will get a better texture than the quick cooking kind) and blend well. I typically use oatmeal that has been in the refrigerator overnight.   Form into patties. Heat 2 or 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Cook patties in hot pan for several minutes on each side until crispy brown. Makes about 6 patties....

Stress Busting B Vitamins!

You may already know that the vitamin B complex is great for energy. But did you know it is also a stress buster? A recent study of 60 people over a three month period, double-blind, randomized and placebo controlled, showed that those who took a vitamin B complex supplement showed a reduction in confusion, workplace stress, and personal strain, and also showed a lowering of depressed mood. Although this particular study concerned workplace stress, several other previous studies showed the same effect for non-workplace related stress. A deficiency in B vitamins can cause psychiatric disorders like dementia, psychosis, anxiety and depression. Some B vitamins can actually increase the effectiveness of traditional antidepressants. Obviously, then, keeping up your body’s levels of vitamin B complex is a good idea, and this can be done by eating the foods that contain these vitamins. There is no one particular food that contains all the B vitamins, but it is easy to find them in many foods. Let’s look at what makes up B Complex. B Complex is made up of the 8 B vitamins: B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyrodoxine), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folate), and B12 (Cobalamin). Below is a list of the 8 B vitamins, some of their additional benefits, and some of the foods that contain them. B1- Thiamine. This B vitamin helps make new cells, protects the immune system and helps break down simple carbohydrates. It is found in the following foods: wheat germ peanuts beans spinach kale blackstrap molasses B2 – Riboflavin. B2 is an antioxidant that fights free radicals. It also helps in red blood cell production and may help with migraines. It is found in: almonds wild rice milk yogurt eggs Brussels sprouts spinach soybeans B3 – Niacin. B3 boosts HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. You can get this B vitamin from: yeast red meat eggs beans chicken tuna split peas B5 – Pantothenic acid.   B5 breaks down fats and carbohydrates, produces sex- and stress-related hormones, and gives you healthy skin.   It’s found in most foods in small amounts, but is most prevalent in: avocados yogurt eggs meat beans B6 – Pyrodoxine. This vitamin helps regulate levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to heart disease. It’s also essential for good sleep as it helps produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine. It possibly also helps reduce inflammation in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.   It is readily available in: chicken turkey tuna salmon lentils sunflower seeds cheese brown rice carrots B7 – Biotin. Biotin promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, and helps regulate...

Top 10 Mental Health Foods

We know there is an important connection between nutrition and mental health. New and exciting research is surfacing almost every day. The relationship is clear; a deficiency in certain nutrients can cause mental disorders. This is especially apparent in regards to anxiety and depression. These nutrients include particular vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega 3 fatty acids.

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