As the weather gets a bit cooler I get excited for warm foods (and let’s be honest cute scarves and boots). And most recently I’ve fallen in love with oatmeal. Wait- please keep reading! I know this sounds boring. An oatmeal love story. Hang with me…
Historically I didn’t like oatmeal. As a dietitian it always felt like one of those foods I was “supposed” to like because it’s so nutritious. But I just couldn’t get behind it. But now I’ve figured out my version of oatmeal that is delicious and packed with nutrition so I don’t feel hungry an hour later.
Marci’s Yummiest Oatmeal
1-2 packages of instant oatmeal cooked with milk
(Check out this old product showcase about a Trader Joe’s oatmeal product I think is pretty great)
1/2 chopped apple
1-2 Tb. peanut butter
Put your oatmeal in the bowl, add the milk (good source of protein and good for the bones), add the apple and microwave for 90 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds so the apples get a little soft. Note: I don’t peel the apples because I can’t be bothered and because they are a great source of vitamins and fiber. Next, add the peanut butter and stir until smooth. Top with a sprinkling of cinnamon. The result- creamy oatmeal that is delicious and also packed with whole grains for energy, fiber for healthy gut function, protein and fat for satiety. A perfect combination and ready in 3 minutes flat!
What’s your favorite fall breakfast? I’d love to hear your spin on oatmeal or another favorite morning dish.
Remember, eating breakfast stimulates your metabolism and is a super important start to your day. It also sets the stage for your eating the rest of the day. So if you think you don’t have time for breakfast, I’d say you don’t have time to not feel your best! We are far more productive when our brains and bodies are taken care of.