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 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.
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.