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Tip #13 Getting to Like Oatmeal

October 3, 2010

Oatmeal is the best breakfast that you can have.  If you aren’t currently eating oatmeal and you are having problems with your weight, please, please, please start.

Oatmeal is very filling with plenty of fibre.  When I eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning with a few thin slices of cooked ham (see Tip #3), I am perfectly full and feel great well into lunch.  This is the perfect meal.

The problem with oatmeal is that in its slimy gooey form it is kind of disgusting.  Okay, it is very disgusting, but there are very easy ways to make it much tastier and more enjoyable.  I love oatmeal now, but I still can’t eat it on its own.

To make oatmeal edible to me I add fruit, All Bran Buds and a little bit of granola.  Just for the record granola isn’t good for you, but it tastes great and by adding a little to oatmeal it makes the oatmeal taste so much better, just make sure it is a little bit, not a lot.

As well, never add sugar, I can imagine it would be too easy to get hooked on sugar in your oatmeal, but then that turns a good meal into a bad one.  I love my oatmeal without sugar (that includes honey, brown sugar and maple syrup), but I am sure if I got used to it with sugar it wouldn’t taste as good to me without.

So, my recipe for oatmeal is use quaker old fashioned oats (never use instant or any oatmeal with any added sugar or flavorings in it), and microwave 1/4 cup of oats with 2/4 cup of water for 4 minutes in the microwave.  I add a half a dozen blueberries when I start cooking it and another half dozen right when it is done.  The first batch of blueberries dissolves into the oatmeal to give it all a great flavor and the last blueberries, when stirred into the oatmeal get hot, like blueberry pancakes.  After stirring the oatmeal I add 1/4 cup of All Bran Buds, a smattering of granola, and finish it off with some skim milk.

This is such a good breakfast (when combined with a protein source.  If you don’t want to add the cooked ham, or some slices of deli turkey, try adding a slow cooked egg).

This meal doesn’t take long to make, the blueberries can be either fresh or frozen.  I keep a bag of frozen blueberries in the freezer but use fresh blueberries whenever they are in the fridge.

At the hotel I was staying at in LA, they had a small bowl of baked fruit to add to the granola.  It was incredible.  Some days peaches, other days pears.  I am not about to go baking fruit in advance for  breakfast, but man was that good.  Still you could have baked fruit for dessert one day and then use it in the oatmeal for the next couple of days.

You can also add raisins and chopped or slivered nuts.  These are things that are easy to keep in the cupboard so they are always on hand.  Find what works for you, but eat oatmeal for breakfast.  I have yet to find a fit person who doesn’t.

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