Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oatmeal.... the most filling breakfast of all.....

It's unbelievable how many people skip breakfast or just drink coffee. This approach to weight loss will not make you lose weight. It will make you totally starving by 9am, and you will raid whatever chips, cookies, and crackers are nearby. I promise you this.

SO STOP SKIPPING BREAKFAST!!! Breakfast is A) tasty, B) wonderful, and C)seriously important. It gears your stomach up to be full. It gears your brain up to think and be productive. How distracted and unfocused are you when you feel hungry? Extremely.

Most mornings, I like to eat grapefruit and Kefir, a probiotic yogurt drink. The brand I buy is Lifeway, but there are many brands/flavors to choose from. And you're not limited to buying "health foods" at health food stores anymore. Meijer carries Kefir in the yogurt section. Why pay more? (Or so the motto goes.)

My other favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. Not that crap that comes in individual packets. Real oats that I cook on the stove. Which isn't to say it has to be the oatmeal that takes 8 hours to cook. They say steel cut oats are "best", but when I flip around containers of steel cut (which take a good 30 minutes to cook) and regular oats (much quicker), I don't notice much of a difference between the two. But it's important to cross-reference your oats so you get the most bang.

Here is one my favorite recipes for oatmeal... so delicious.

~ Stove-top oatmeal of your choice (follow directions for one serving)
~ 1/2 banana (or a whole one if you're feeling crazy), sliced up nice and thin
~ a big spoonful of natural peanut butter (or Jiff, if that's what you have sitting around)
~ a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
~ a packet of Stevia (if you like your oatmeal a little sweeter.)

So easy. Just make the oatmeal according to directions. While it's boiling, add the bananas and cinnamon. When the oatmeal is thick, I stir in the peanut butter and sweetener if I want it. Ooh, and sometimes I toss in a small handful of nuts, too.

I can promise you, this will keep you feeling good and satisfied well through the morning. And, it's yummy.

And now, I must make some popcorn to enjoy the big birth on "The Office." Just remember... EAT BREAKFAST!! IMPORTANT!!

until later...

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. ~Alfred A. Montapert


  1. Aldi has quick cook steel cut oats, for super cheap, too. I like to add a cup of frozen blueberries, vanilla, cinnamon, and pecans. Tastes like a blueberry muffin!

  2. i've been making 'apple pie' oatmeal lately - just chop up an apple and toss it in with some cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe raisins. oh and i always add a handful of sunflower seeds for the protein and sometimes wheat germ or wheat bran for the 'crunchy granola girl' credentials.

  3. mmm, yes, i also make it apple pie-style, super tasty indeed.

  4. Jen, I make almost the exact same recipe, except instead of peanut butter, I stir in one scoop of vanilla protein powder. It adds bulk to the oatmeal and it tastes yummy!

  5. Oh, Ashley! That's a great tip, too! Thanks!