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A New (at least to me) Twist for Oatmeal

Monday, July 01, 2013

One of the keys to weight loss success is eating a healthy and filling breakfast. During the colder months, my go-to breakfast is most often some variation involving oatmeal. This SPARK article included not only information on why oatmeal is a healthy choice, but also a bunch of variations so you never have to have the same oatmeal twice in the same month.

Well, now it is summer, and hot oatmeal just doesn’t appeal to me, especially this week where every day here is going to be over 100 degrees. Yikes! I was getting bored with my options, so I went searching through SPARK recipes for some new ideas. Imagine my surprise to find a recipe for summer oatmeal. Apparently, you don’t have to cook it. That is not entirely new information to me because I have used oatmeal to make a pretty good smoothie in the morning. I do like a good smoothie, but most mornings I don’t want to be bothered pulling out the blender and putting it all together. Plus sometimes, I find that drinking breakfast is just not as satisfying or as filling as actually chewing something. Who knew you could eat it just like cereal? When I saw this recipe, I realized I may have been missing out.

Just so you know, I don’t think the calorie information for this recipe is correct, and I found that letting it sit overnight as per the directions made it mushier than I like. I also want more protein, so I made some additional adjustments to increase that. Most of the time I use ½ cup old-fashioned oats and ½ cup 1% fat milk. To that, I usually add 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 1 Tablespoon of unsalted natural peanut butter and mix it all together. That is about 336 calories and 16 grams of protein (or 8 WW points+). I just make that a grouping on my food tracker, and I am good to go. As with hot oatmeal, there are a ton of variations. You don’t have to look any further than the reviews that accompany the recipe, but that is just a start, I am sure. It may not be for everyone, but I think it is worth a try.

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    emoticon It NEVER Would have occurred to me to try Cold Oatmeal, but I have GOT To try this!! I LOVE Oatmeal and I DO miss it in the Summer, plus if it travels well, I could even take it to work!!
    1694 days ago
    Since high cholesterol runs in the family and I have to work hard at keeping mine down, I have oatmeal for breakfast several times a week, even in summer. My favorite is chocolate cherry oatmeal. to 1-1/2 cups of water I add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, 1/4 dried cherries and cook Then add 1 Tablespoon of honey and some low fat plain yogurt. YUM
    1695 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    1695 days ago
    My sister sent me a recipe for cold oatmeal and strawberry yogurt. She loved it, but I never tried it. Now, that I have two recommendations for it...
    I might have to try it! Thank you for the suggestion.
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    1696 days ago
    I love my summer oatmeal. I do a variation with the milk. I use 1/4 c. non fat greek yogurt, 1/4 c. kefir (you can find at Trader Joe's, essentially it's a drinkable yogurt), 2 tbs. ground flax seed and fruit.... if I use banana, I mash it up in the mix. I have added cinnamon, or blueberries, or strawberries. I usually let it sit for 10 15 minutes while I make tea or wash up or something.
    1696 days ago
    Very interesting!!! I'll have to check that out!! ((HUGS))
    1696 days ago
    Nice I think I will try!!
    1696 days ago
    It sounds worth giving it a try! Thanks for the information.
    1696 days ago
    Yum! My housemate does this every morning, though with yogurt instead of milk. As I think you know, usually I make homemade muesli--I toast oats in the oven with nuts & cinnamon, & often coconut & sesame seeds. I make a big batch so it lasts for three weeks or so. And I eat it as cold cereal, as you are doing.

    Thanks for sharing these tips! If I don't get a new batch of muesli made tonight, maybe I'll try this tomorrow a.m. emoticon
    1696 days ago
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