For the past several years, I’ve eaten a greek yogurt every morning.
And then I became pregnant. Clearly, this kid has inherited my husband’s taste buds. The thought of greek yogurt makes my stomach churn. So for the first few months, I ate dried Cheerios for breakfast. And then I moved into craving oatmeal. But to be honest, from my old Weight Watchers days, I’m a little scared of oatmeal. When I once calculated how many “points” were in an oatmeal in my office, I labeled this silent killer.
But recently I discovered there are ways to enjoy oatmeal, without sabotaging my diet. I recently tried Instant Maypo Maple Oatmeal with Quinoa, a combination of maple-flavored, whole grain oatmeal with protein-rich, golden quinoa flakes. And let me tell you – it is nourishing. I am ready to eat every few hours at this point, but when I ate this oatmeal, I stayed full for at least 4 hours – a great breakfast for me.
It was super easy to prepare. I made it in the microwave with water for two minutes, but I could make on the stove or with milk too. Best of all, the nutritional info spoke for itself – it has two-thirds less sugar than the leading brand of flavored hot cereal and contains 170 calories, 2.5g of fat, 5g of protein and 4g of fiber.
Katie Morford, MS, RD, author of Rise & Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings, offers four oatmeal recipes to make this heart-healthy breakfast even more nutritious – and I’m offering my lazy girl recipe too!
- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: Add pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, honey, a couple of dashes of pumpkin pie spice, and top with toasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds). Collectively this adds vitamin A and fiber, along with healthy fats, which can help you stay full longer.
- Savory Breakfast Oatmeal: Top with a drizzle of olive oil and any favorite sautéed leafy greens, such as spinach or baby kale. Finish with a pinch of salt and a light grating of Parmesan cheese. Leafy greens are a nutrition powerhouse, very low in calories and have vitamins and minerals. Olive oil provides heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats.
- Banana Bread Oatmeal: Top with toasted walnuts, sliced banana, a splash of vanilla extract, and a spoonful of raw honey such as Rigoni di Asiago’s Organic Italian Orange Blossom Raw & Creamy Honey. Walnuts provide healthy fats along with protein, fiber, and magnesium. Potassium delivers a big boost in potassium as well as fiber.
- Very Berry Oatmeal: Warm a few teaspoons of strawberry fruit spread (choose a variety with no added sugar such as Rigoni di Asiago’s Strawberry Fiordifrutta) in the microwave. Spoon over oatmeal and top with sliced strawberries and spoonful of chia or hemp seeds. The jam adds a flavorful source of sweetness. The fresh strawberries deliver fiber and vitamin C, and the seeds add crunch and healthy Omega-3 fats.
And of course, there’s my lazy breakfast….
- Laura’s Super Lazy Breakfast: I made my Maypo one morning, and realized why not add some fruit? I found a banana and craisins and tossed into my oatmeal. It was a nice mix of filling oatmeal and natural sweetness from the fruit. If you have apples, blueberries, peaches or more lying around, create your own combination!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary box of oatmeal in exchange for this review. Affiliate links are included within the post.