Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Liven Up Your Breakfast Oatmeal

I don't know about you, but breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. My husband, Randy can survive until lunchtime with just a glass of juice but not for this lady! I'm the type of person who gets cranky if I don't eat breakfast. That's why, I take time to prepare it even if it means waking up a little earlier. Somehow, my breakfast obsession has rubbed of on our little one because he's as excited as I am for the most important meal of the day. Ask him what he wants for breakfast and he will eagerly shout, eggs!! Hahaha!

So, what do you usually have for breakfast? Me, I love eggs, bacon, ham, longganisa and rice - the typical Filipino breakfast. I can eat this everyday. But when I had gestational diabetes while I was pregnant, I had to make variations to my usual breakfast menu. And what could be a healthier breakfast but oatmeal. I know you're thinking, BORING, yuck, right? Wrong. I think we Pinoys are just not used to eating what tastes like paper mache. Lol! But before you brand oatmeal as either a senior or baby food, let me tell you why oatmeal is actually good for you (as if you don't know!)

1.  It helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease

2.  It is satisfying and gives you energy 

3.  It helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

4.  The soluble fiber in whole grain oats aids in your digestion

5. It has protein and is also loaded with vitamins and minerals like magnesium for stronger bones and normal blood pressure 

Convinced now? Oatmeal comes in many formats in the grocery. Personally, I prefer the old fashioned whole grain rolled oats because I want to get the most of its benefits and also because I can play around with it to make it more exciting. Here are some of my tried and tested oatmeal recipes that you can try at home. These are all so delish and easy to prepare plus, no stove cooking required!  

1. Nutty Apple Pie 

Base:  Cooked Oatmeal (8 Tablespoons of Quaker Old Fashioned Whole Grain Rolled Oats + 1 cup water, cook in microwave for about 3 minutes)

Ingredients:

1/2 piece of apple, diced
1 tsp  brown sugar
Cooked oatmeal
1 cup  soy milk, low sugar/ unsweetened
leftover apple pie (optional)
dash of cinnamon
unsalted roasted mixed nuts 

Procedure:

Heat diced apple with sugar in microwave for about 30 seconds. Add cooked oatmeal, soy milk and mix. Top with leftover apple pie and mixed nuts and sprinkle with some cinnamon 




2.  Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients:

Cooked oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 pc. banana

Blend all ingredients for pancake mix. Add 1 Tablespoon of corn oil before cooking in a non-stick pan.  Top with sliced bananas, butter and maple syrup



3. Good Morning Sunshine (Egg and Cheese)

Ingredients:

Cooked oatmeal
1 sandwich slice of Low-Fat Swiss or Cheddar Cheese
1 pc. egg

Procedure:

Top cheese and 1 pc. of uncooked egg over cooked oatmeal. Microwave for about a minute in a covered ceramic bowl.



4.  Banana Hazelnut

Ingredients:

Cooked oatmeal
1 pc. banana, sliced
1 teaspoon Nutella Choco Hazelnut Spread
dash of cinnamon

Procedure:

Mix cooked oatmeal, sliced banana, Nutella and sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.


5.  Power Oatmeal Shake

For a quick and healthy breakfast to go, whip up this drink the night before so you can just grab and go the next morning! This is also the perfect after work out drink and my absolute favorite! Prepare your taste buds for ultimate yumminess!  

Ingredients:

Cooked oatmeal
1 cup soy milk, low-sugar or unsweetened
2 pcs. banana
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

Procedure:

Blend all ingredients and chill. (How easy is that?)



Enjoy these recipes and cheers to happy healthy mornings!







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