It feels good to be back after a break of a few weeks without doing much cooking or writing. For most of February and March I was caught up in training for the Puerto Rico Marathon and Half Marathon. Those focused weeks definitely paid off: I shaved off over six minutes over my previous half marathon personal best.
Unfortunately not everything was smooth sailing over winter hiatus. After some routine medical tests, my blood sugar levels were above the tolerable range. It didn’t make any sense. I had no symptoms and thought I was in one of those happy health peaks I associate with racing season. However, the diagnosis also shone a light on genetic factors and a bad habit – bingeing on sweets – that apparently all the exercise in the world cannot cancel out. That meant taking some difficult decisions, including dropping out from Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking Chez Moi. In the meantime, I’m learning as much as I can about alternatives to refined sugars and flours for baking and cooking, about conquering those crippling cravings, and about living with Type 2 diabetes in general. I’d like to think I’m also moving on from the reflex to hate-hashtag every appetizing picture of sweets on Instagram with #diabetessucks.
No matter what your blood sugar levels are, the most important meal of the day will always be breakfast. Breakfast is also the ideal time to enjoy fruit during the day, so I get my (natural) sweetness fix with these mango spiced oats. The best part about this quick recipe is that it finishes cooking while you get ready for the day. Like popular overnight oats, these require minimal assembly and prep. Unlike overnight oats, you just microwave the mango spiced oats for a minute, and let them stand for at least ten minutes. During this time, the oats will plump up from soaking almond milk and the natural juices of the mango. Asides from being a tasty and filling breakfast, it is also packed with superfoods. Mango is full of fiber and vitamin A. Turmeric and cinnamon contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help stabilize blood sugar levels.
This is not a traditional cremita or porridge, but rather a chunkier cereal. Mango, turmeric and cinnamon is just one of the many combinations of fruits and spices that can be used instead.