My Best Oatmeal(s) and Breakfast Thoughts

My Best Oatmeal(s) and Breakfast Thoughts

Breakfast (in this case oatmeal) is the most important meal of the day. I do not care what some research says, but breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, it wakes you up, and it keeps you going. It is the gasoline to your car that is your body! Any day and every day of the week breakfast should be eaten. I strive to eat within the first hour I am awake. Sometimes I snack on half a banana before my actual meal, but it is key to give your body something to “burn off”. Of course your breakfast should include good fuel. Things to think about when it comes to breakfats:

  • What food groups are included, and are the good for my body to wake up on? E.g., do I have fruit, veggies, protein, and fiber included? Am I choosing good fats?
  • Is my breakfast planned to fit my lifestyle (e.g., am I physically active?)?
  • Does my breakfast include sugary cereals or added sugar? How can I eliminate them?
  • Am I making a conscientious choice in choosing the best breakfast available to me?

My typical breakfast on a week day is skyr yogurt, topped with untreated nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts), raisins, and a sliced apple. In this I have fruit and good fats, plus the skyr keeps me full longer than regular yogurt. If I am really hungry I will add a little oats.

That is my 5 cents on breakfast. Another great breakfast meal for me is oatmeal. Since I eat at my office I do not make it as a part of my daily routine, but it is nevertheless great. Oatmeal was never “just” oatmeal. It is a great breakfast due to the protein and fiber content. It is quick and simple, which makes it ideal for week days. I mostly make it on weekends when my boyfriend occasionally works mornings, and I want to treat myself. There are 1 million different ways to make oatmeal, and I have 2 favorites – Protein and Regular.

Protein

The Goodies:

  • 1 dl oats
  • 2 dl almond milk
  • 1/2 dl water
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Scoop of vanilla protein (chocolate is good)
  • Chia seeds
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Coconut flakes

The How:

  1. Add the oats and the almond milk in a pot and bring to boil
  2. Continue to stir as the oatmeal texture kicks in then…
  3. Add protein powder and 1/2 dl of water
  4. Stir until firm and add the egg white and stir heavily
  5. Serve topped with chia seeds, coconut flakes, and pomegranate seeds

Regular

The Goodies:IMG_5713

  • 1 dl oats
  • 2 dl almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 Handful of chopped almonds

The How:

  1. Add the oats and the almond milk in a pot and bring to boil
  2. Continue to stir as the oatmeal texture kicks in then…
  3. Add cinnamon
  4. Serve in a bowl with sliced banana, coconut flakes, and chopped almonds

This breakfast will and should keep you going for hours. It is a solid start to your day. I recommend doing the protein one if you are planning to workout later, have just worked out, or you have been very active the last couple of days. Your toppings can vary as much as you would like. My top toppings are: Dark chocolate (sinner), banana, chia seeds, coconut flakes, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. If I feel super frisky I blend spinach and a splash of peanut butter and milk and add it to plain oatmeal. What are your favorites? I am curious to hear!

♡ NKN

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