Friday, March 25, 2011

oats...not just for horses!

"breakfast-the most important meal of the day" is SO overused, but can't be overstated. it really does set the tone for your whole day. in what choices you make, your mood, and your metabolism. if it's so important, why not make it yummy? last week i started counting calories and moving more. this included eating breakfast every day. i feel so much better and look forward to my scrumptious meal each morning. i got this recipe from deceptively delicious and the whole recipe is 360 calories(without the optional ingredients) but makes 2 servings. so good it tastes like dessert! i thought i would be nice and share the'll thank me:)

Deceptively Delicious Oatmeal

1 cup nonfat skim milk

.25 cup brown sugar

.25 cup pumpkin or sweet potato puree

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

.25 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

1 cup old fashioned oats

2 teaspoons peanut butter (optional)

dried fruit and nuts (optional)

pure maple syrup (optional)

1-in a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, and spice. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in the oatmeal. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the oatmeal is soft and creamy. Stir in the peanut butter if using.

2-spoon the oatmeal into bowls, sprinkle with dried fruit and nuts, if you like, and serve warm with maple syrup.


Micah and Christa Forsythe said...

Can't wait to try this out... we are oatmeal lovers in the morning! Thanks for sharing!

Tonya said...

YUM!! Sounds wonderful!! I am going to try it out, but with steel cut oats. I had no idea that oats weren't really flat (thus rolled oats,I'm a smart one!) and have fallen in love with the whole oats instead of the rolled ones! They are SOOO much better for you too.

Breakfast is supposed to be the largest meal of the day, I just learned this recently! For optimal healthy we should "eat like Kings in the morning, like princes in the afternoon and like a pauper at night" funny that we tend to do the opposite.

Good for you for making healthyier choices!