Oatmeal: A New Take On An Old Favorite

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I knew this would be my first recipe entry even before I started this blog because I eat the same breakfast every morning.  Someone recently asked me if I get tired of oatmeal, and I really don’t.  You may be thinking that eating the same thing everyday is boring and that everyone knows how to make oatmeal.  But, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that will entice you to try this healthy breakfast recipe.  First, I use milk because it’s a great source of vegetarian protein (8g in 1 cup).  Protein helps you feel fuller longer, and most people don’t get enough of it at breakfast.  (If you are lactose intolerant, water works just as well as milk.) For those with a very busy morning, oatmeal can be made the night before and stored in a Tupperware in the fridge. You can also make several portions at once and microwave  only the amount that you plan to eat that day.  When you are ready to eat, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or milk, microwave for 1-1.5 minutes, and then add toppings.  This breakfast is healthy, keeps me satisfied until lunch, and delicious without any added sugar. Here’s the recipe for my breakfast of champions:

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Makes 1 serving:

Ingredients:

½ cup Whole grain oats

1 cup low-fat milk (I use 1%)

½ banana cut small (cut it while it’s in the peel and keep the other half in the fridge for tomorrow- it will stay fine)

2-3 small strawberries, washed and cut small

handful of walnut pieces (about ¼ cup)

(optional: blueberries can be added or replace strawberries in this recipe.  I find it difficult to find ripe blueberries unless it’s the peak of summer, so I usually use strawberries.)

Directions:

1)    Boil 1 cup of milk.  Keep a close eye on this as it comes to a boil.  Milk boils over very quickly and can turn into a giant sticky mess.

2)    As the milk comes to a boil, add the oats and stir.

3)    Turn down the heat to medium and let cook for about 5 minutes.  If you make more than 1 serving, you will need to let it cook a few extra minutes.

4)    In the meantime, place the banana, strawberries, and walnuts in a bowl.

5)    When the oatmeal is cooked (most of the milk will be dissolved, but not all), pour in the bowl with fruit and walnuts and stir. Let sit for a minute or so.

6)    Enjoy a delicious hearty breakfast!

Nutrition Notes:

  • Strawberries have more Vitamin C than oranges! Try adding strawberries to your oatmeal rather than drinking OJ in the morning, which usually contains much added sugar.
  • Walnuts, strawberries, and blueberries are packed with antioxidants.   Start your day off right with these anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Oatmeal is a good source of fiber and iron. Most whole grain oats contain about 15% the daily value of fiber and 10% the daily value of iron.

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