A healthy oatmeal breakfast is a great part of a heart-friendly well balanced nutrition plan.
The fiber in cooked oatmeal can help reduce bad cholesterol, aid digestion, and may even lower the risk of colon cancer.
And the slower burning carbs from oatmeal will help keep your blood sugar levels balanced and give you sustained energy for longer.
That’s great, but who wants to eat boring old oatmeal!?
An Oatmeal Breakfast That Isn’t Boring.
I’m not always the most organized person in our home. In fact, if I don’t keep my finger on things, they seem to have a way of spiralling into chaos around me.
As mundane as it may sound, structure, good habits, and boring old daily routines have been key to keeping my life and our home organised.
I love spontaneity, and so for years, was very resistant to anything routine. In my teen and young adult years, that spontaneous spirit often led to rushed mornings and more often than not, I skipped breakfast. Fortunately, I’ve made a lot of improvement in this area, though I probably have to work a little harder than most people to keep things organized around me.
Something that helps me start the day on track is a good morning routine. Eating my oatmeal first thing in the morning is something that provides structure to my day. The familiarity of something so simple yet routine gives me a sense of control.
It’s like making my bed before I leave my bedroom. My mom always says that once you leave your bedroom with a bed unmade, you’re probably just going to get busy and forget about it. My father in law took it one step further and said that it’s the first successful task of the day you can tick off and what better way to start your day than with a success?
When my husband and I got married, he introduced me to his oatmeal breakfast. It’s not that I’d never had oatmeal before, but he ate oatmeal every morning. Every single morning, except maybe weekends.
Unlike my former self, my husband is all about structure and routine, and he had his morning routine down to a science. His breakfast only took a few minutes to make, consume, and clean up afterward. It was healthy too; he’d tell me exactly how many calories, carbs, protein and fat were in each meal he ate.
I would watch him eating his bowl of morning mush with a squinty eyed spontaneous girls’ mistrust of anything boring. But eventually I had to try it. Wow! It was really good. He had a few secret ingredients, but the main one I liked was PeanutButter.
Oatmeal has never been the same and honestly, if I’m making my oatmeal and realize that we’re out of PB, I feel like a 6yr old whose ice cream fell on the floor!!
I love variety, so it’s a bit surprising to say that I’ve enjoyed eating oatmeal almost every morning for the last 6 or 7 years.
Yes I will make exceptions – Saturday mornings, Christmas, birthdays etc. but for the most part when I have a choice I stick to my oatmeal.
If you open my kitchen cupboards and find breakfast cereal there, you can be sure that it’s a school holiday because other than the holidays, my kids are daily oatmeal eaters too.
My Breakfast Oatmeal Recipe
My husband’s morning oatmeal is similar to what a lot of fitness enthusiasts eat. He adds whey protein powder to his morning oatmeal, and occasionally I do too. But as long as I have PB, cinnamon, a sprinkle of healthy seeds and some fruit, I’m a happy girl!
- 1/2 cup (dry measure) quick oatmeal (I use oatmeal with zero sodium, zero sugar, no additives)
- 1/2 scoop zero carb, chocolate whey isolate protein powder (healthy source of protein)
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (a good source of healthy fats for those who are not allergic)
- 1 teaspoon of ground flax seed (contains the cholesterol lowering omega 3 fatty acid; alpha linoleic acid)
- 1/2 tablespoon of roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (contains healthy fats that can help lower blood pressure)
- 1/2 cup blueberries or other favorite fruit
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (great anti inflammatory, and helps control blood sugar)
Put oats and water in bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir in the peanut butter, whey, cinnamon, and seeds. It should be the consistency of wet cookie dough. If it’s too dry, add a sprinkle of water and mix some more. Top off with your fav fruit.
Protein: 27 grams
Carbohydrates: 45 grams
Fat: 15 grams
I love this breakfast, it feels like I’m starting my day with dessert… just without the guilt 😀
There’s no sugar in the natural peanutbutter, which means there’s no refined sugar in this breakfast.