If you’re anything like me, you associate the thought of bland mushy oatmeal with diet food you want to avoid. I prefer the motto “if you don’t enjoy it, it’s not worth eating”, no matter how healthy it is. That’s why I strive to create delicious, healthy food. I want to open your eyes to the things you can do for oatmeal, and the things oatmeal can do for you.
Just before the summer, we shared our bikini body weight Loss and fitness tips, Increase Your Fiber Intake. Now, let’s remember why we want to love the grain. It can help lower your cholesterol, which contributes to a healthy heart. There are only 150 calories in a ½ cup dry oats, which is 1 cup prepared, and it contains a lot of fiber which helps keep you regular and keeps you full longer. Plus is contains cancer-reducing phytochemicals and a good balance of amino acids.
So, there are many things you can do to oatmeal, endless possibilities really. A teaspoon of almond butter ups the filling factor, and tastes delicious with some fresh berries. Almost any fresh fruit goes well with oatmeal, and dried fruit and nuts can be divine.
I always cook with splenda, and use it generously on my oatmeal. I also am a fan of spices. Usually it is the autumn theme—cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger… maybe cloves. This morning I added a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin to create a pumpkin-pie like flavor.
I added one egg white and half a scoop of whey protein powder, which I mixed in at the end. Finally, I topped it off with crystallized ginger, which I would only recommend if you like strong ginger—it can be really intense. Overall, it was filling and delicious. I wasn’t hungry again for almost five hours, so it’s a great high-protein, high fiber, low-fat tummy tightening breakfast.
Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before changing your exercise routine or diet. We do not claim to be fitness or health experts. Try at your own risk. Results may vary.
Originally posted at “First Class Fashionista”