Oatmeal w Almonds and Tart Cherries

Dress up those morning oats with cinnamon, almonds, and cherries, and start your day with a wealth of brain-boosting compounds!
Serves 3-4
Brain Healthy Ingredients: 

You can substitute dried blueberries or cranberries for the tart cherries.

Ingredients: 
  • 3 1/2 cups lowfat or nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • maple syrup or honey to serve
Preparation: 
  • Heat milk and cinnamon in a saucepan just until boiling. Add oats and cook, stirring, over medium heat until it reaches the desired consistency, about 5 minutes.
  • Add cherries to pot and stir in. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Remove to serving bowls. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, if desired.
  • To add more lean protein to the meal, you can also garnish with a dollop of lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt.