So, judging by the recent messages and emails I’ve received, sounds like you guys want some more healthy food options. Well, ask and you shall receive…
I thought I’d walk you through my favorite meal of the day (breakfast) and one of my favorite breakfast foods: oatmeal.
Now, if your house is anything like mine in the morning, it’s a madhouse to get everyone dressed, ready and out of the door in time for school and work. Oatmeal is my saving grace because it’s super easy and fast. So, without further ado, here are two ways that I eat it (recipes at the bottom of the page)
Option 1: Overnight Oatmeal
This is basically cold oatmeal. Yes, I know “cold oatmeal” sounds horrible. It sounds like what Goldilocks turned her nose up to at the breakfast table. But, Goldilocks had it wrong, this cold oatmeal is really good.
Here’s everything I use:
Before bedtime, I put the uncooked oatmeal (I prefer the instant oats, but any will do), milk and sugar into a bowl and give it a stir. Then, top it off with a big, ‘ole handful of blueberries and put it in the fridge. That’s all there is to it. (And people say healthy cooking takes too much time…)
Next morning, when I open the fridge, that little bowl of deliciousness is just waiting for me to eat.
Option 2: Warm Oatmeal (I really should come up with a better name for this….)
This is almost the exact same breakfast. Seriously. I use the same ingredients. But one is hot and one is cold.
At breakfast, I just toss the oatmeal, almond milk, sugar and blueberries into a bowl. Stir and then heat it up. Now, what I like about this is what happens when you heat it up in the microwave. The blueberries get all hot and mushy and turn into little warm, grenades that explode in your mouth with blueberry goodness when you eat it. (Yes, Padma, you may use that description on your next episode of Top Chef.) It’s warm and filling and delish.
Now, Pinterest is covered with a bazillion different variations on overnight oatmeal (check a few out here.) But, I always go back to this one. It’s like a Marilyn Monroe movie, timeless and classic.
The studies showing the benefits of eating oatmeal are everywhere. And, they list everything from supporting weight loss to preventing diabetes (check out this LINK for more details.)
But, even without that long list of scientific reasons supporting the benefits of eating oatmeal, I’d do it for one very simple reason: it tastes really good.
So, try one of these oatmeal options. Channel your inner Paula Dean (sans four sticks of butter) and get creative with your oatmeal (add in mixed berries, chia seeds, nuts, yogurt.) But whatever you decide to toss in your bowl, just add oatmeal to your diet. Your waistline and your taste buds will thank you.
Happy Eating, Breakfast Club!
Approx 218 calories
1/2 cup instant oats (although any oats will do)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp sugar
Overnight Oatmeal: Add all ingredients together in a bowl and stir. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Eat and enjoy!
Warm Oatmeal: Add all ingredients together in a bowl and stir. Heat until warm (my microwave is about 1 minute.) And, yes, squealing with delight when the blueberries pop in your mouth is totally appropriate.