I am totally a creature of habit.
When I was growing up, I pretty much had the same thing for breakfast from the time I was 5 to the time I was 18. And what was this wonderful dish that was the star of my breakfast for almost 15 years?
And to this day, I have never gotten tired of it. I absolutely adore oatmeal. It’s delicious and creamy, hearty and satisfying. It’s also amazingly good for you: with 130-150 calories, 5g fiber and 5g protein for 1/2 cup of rolled oats (which makes up to 2 cups of cooked oatmeal).
It’s the perfect healthy breakfast, and it’s so easy to make!
It’s also just a great base for all kinds of toppings:
- Milk like: 1% organic cows milk, unsweetened almond milk, or unsweetened soy milk
- Nuts like: Walnuts and Almonds (two of my favorites)
- Fruits like: Berries, Apples, Pears, Bananas
- Seeds like: Chia or Flax
- Spices like: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Unsweetened cocoa powder,
- Nut butters like: Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter
- Sweeteners like: Agave, Honey, Maple Syrup
- Slightly more decadent toppings like: Dark chocolate chips, granola, shredded coconut, fruit butters
You can seriously never get bored of oatmeal: there are so many ways you can dress it up – the possibilities are endless.
But there’s one combination of ingredients that I think really makes the perfect bowl of oatmeal. So here is my recipe for the perfect breakfast: Oatmeal with Berries, Walnuts, Spices, and Creamy Milk.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, or 1/2 cup multi-grain oats (Country Choice has a variety with oats, wheat, rye and barley that’s heartier than just plain oats)
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of frozen organic wild blueberries
- 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup 1% organic milk, or 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk, or 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Stevia, Agave, or Honey to taste (no more than 1 Tbsp honey or agave)
Step 2: Stir in the blueberries, cinnamon, flax seed, and walnuts
I like using frozen, organic, wild blueberries: they’re a little smaller than regular blueberries, they’re a superfood, and I’ve heard they have more antioxidants than regular blueberries.
Why do I buy them frozen? Because: 1) They’re fresh year-round 2) They become all melty and warm in the oatmeal and 3) They never go bad!
Walnuts are another great superfood because they have tons of Omega 3 healthy fats, and they add a nice texture to the oatmeal too.
Step 3: Stir in the the milk and agave/stevia/honey until the oatmeal is creamy and the consistency you like. Reheat the oatmeal for a few minutes until it’s the temperature you like (as it could get cold after adding in the frozen berries).
I like mine super creamy, can you tell?
This whole recipe is about 250 calories, with about 8g fiber and 10g protein. It truly is the perfect morning breakfast. Enjoy!