I love my morning oatmeal. I always know that I have something special in the morning but oveer the last few days my oatmeal seems to be even better.
I was apparently taking my breakfast for granted.
I used to eat Nutella on a raisin and cinnamon bagel but after a while I got tired of it and switched to apple flavored oatmeal. I realized that I really did like the taste of oatmeal and it wasn’t just that it was good for me.
Getting Started With Oatmeal Again
I started getting a bit more serious a couple years ago about my breakfast and realized that the flavoring in the oatmeal was really not much more than apple flavored sugar(how the heck do they make flavorings anyway). So I decided to find some better stuff to put in plain oatmeal.
I started with just oatmeal – no sugar even
Then I added some berries. Blueberries initially, then dried cranberries (much easier to travel with)
Then the seeds. I love pumpkin seeds, and I know that other seeds would add lots of nutrients and healthy fats.
And finally, just a few months ago when making my home made granola bars I realized that coconut flakes would be really great as well.
So here is a picture of my favorite Oatmeal. This is my great breakfast meal
Looks pretty full of stuff doesn’t it? I have to admit that I was a little surprised but not too worried about how high the calories are in this. It tastes really good, is super healthy for you, and is quite filling.
Here is the Nutritional Breakdown for my Special Oatmeal
|Oatmeal (Dry), 60 g||225||41||5||8||0||2|
|Raw – Pumpkin Seeds, 2 Tbsp||82||3||7||4||0||0|
|Sunflower Seeds – Raw, 1 fluid ounce||102||4||9||4||2||0|
|Chia Seed, 1 tbsp||60||5||3||3||0||0|
|Kroger – Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, 10 grams||70||3||6||0||0||0|
|Light Brown Sugar – Kroger, 1 tsp (4g)||15||4||0||0||0||12|
|Dried cranberries – Dried Cranberries, 0.19 cup||98||25||0||0||8||21|
|Total:||652 Calories||85 grams carbs||30 grams fat||19 grams protein||10 grams sodium||35 grams sugar|
This really is a substantial breakfast but it is a really great one with lot so nutrients and great flavor.
How Did I Take This For Granted?
Oh, and earlier when I mentioned that I was taking this for granted? I always make this as a big bag of oatmeal. I make a week or two worth at once and then just pour it out of the bag each day for a serving. Friday things changed a bit.
On Friday I had run out and decided to have something different – a sausage and egg bagel form McDonalds. The taste was great but the fat really slowed me down and it still did not energize me as much as the oatmeal.
Then over the weekend I was eating bagels with natural peanut butter – again tasted good, again not satisfying and did not fuel me like I am used to on a daily basis.
So try this out. Go to the local bulk section and get some seeds and add mix up a bowl of hot oatmeal. I always use water never milk – but try hot milk if you would like, see what you think.
If you try this for a few days you will find it is the best breakfast and you will never want to go back to boring cereal or donuts again.