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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.

www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/nutrition_articles.as
p?id=1606


Well, now it is summer, and hot oatmeal just doesnít 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 donít 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 donít 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.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=5309


Just so you know, I donít 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 Ĺ cup old-fashioned oats and Ĺ 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 donít 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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LJCANNON 7/3/2013 2:45PM

    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!!

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SHARJOPAUL 7/2/2013 11:06AM

    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

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ELSCO55 7/1/2013 11:03PM

    thanks

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DEEGIRL50 7/1/2013 10:13PM

    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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CAROLJEAN64 7/1/2013 6:38PM

    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.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/1/2013 6:30PM

    Very interesting!!! I'll have to check that out!! ((HUGS))

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GOLFDAVE43 7/1/2013 6:03PM

  Nice I think I will try!!

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THINAGIN2 7/1/2013 6:03PM

    It sounds worth giving it a try! Thanks for the information.

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RUTHXG 7/1/2013 5:54PM

    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

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