Do you eat breakfast? Shame on you if you don’t! Don’t get me started on the benefits of starting your day off right! If there were a pill that was super cheap, fought cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and cholesterol you’d probably jump right on it right? Well, you don’t have to take a pill, you just have to eat oatmeal - and you could do this everyday for months and not even have to eat the same flavor!
Dad and Mom Meadows eat oatmeal E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y! I love to give them a hard time about it (especially because they only eat it two different ways) but I’ve seen the benefits in their health when they started this daily regime. Plus, I can’t say anything because I eat oatmeal for breakfast at least half the time. Oatmeal can be pretty bland though and I get really bored if I don’t mix up the flavors. Well, over the years I have tried many different ways to make this yummy-health-in-a-bowl and I thought I would share some of the ideas.
For your base, mix:
½ cup dried old-fashioned oats (not instant - not as healthy! And no packaged pre-mixed oatmeal!)
1-cup milk (variations: soy milk, chocolate soy milk, water + 1/3 c. dry milk)
mix ½ cup fruit of choice (frozen or fresh chopped apples, peaches, pears, bananas, pineapple, mango, applesauce, berries, canned pumpkin, whatever sounds good!)
1 t. appropriate spice (cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, ginger, all spice, almond or vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon, more or less of Splenda or favorite sweetener (sometimes the fruit is sweet enough!)
Add 1 T. peanut butter, small handful of favorite nuts; use sugar-free maple syrup or sugar-free coffee syrup in place of both seasoning and sweetener (the variations here are countless!) For super healthy additions add 1 T. ground flax seed (like Dad and Mom) or 2 T. wheat germ.
Microwave for 5 minutes on half power (stirring once or twice to keep from spilling over).
You can even make baked oatmeal
Try any type of fruit in place of the pineapple
And if you love those easy packets (that are filled with tons of chemicals) you can make your own here
So make sure and get you some power food and start your day off right!
Do you eat breakfast? What do you have?