Yes, I’m posting about oatmeal. And I’m really excited about it!
I’m a big believer in a good breakfast. I never, ever start my day without something filling and nutritious. I’m passionate about breakfast, so passionate that I’ve even been known to shout, “don’t mess with breakfast!” at my boyfriend after he suggested we just grab a banana and try to catch an early morning bus in Albania without a proper breakfast.
A good breakfast just starts your day off right. And my go-to breakfast, most days of the week, is a solid bowl of oatmeal.
I know, most people don’t really get excited about oatmeal, but I do. I look forward to this breakfast. I pack it up and bring it to work when I’m doing day shifts and cook it in the microwave on my morning break. The thought of that breakfast waiting for me gets me through the busy start to a nursing day.
There are a few reasons why this oatmeal is so special. First, oats are great. They’re a whole grain, fibre- and protein-packed way to start your day. I pump up my oats with ground flax and chia seeds, and a healthy serving of cinnamon for flavour (plus its anti-inflammatory properties!). Instead of adding sugar, I sweeten my oatmeal with thinly sliced banana cooked right in. Once the oats are cooked, you whip the banana into the oats, so you’re left with a lightly sweetened bowl with no banana chunks.
I also add frozen raspberries for flavour and colour (and some more vitamins!). To top it off, a spoonful of peanut butter drizzled over top. Heaven in a bowl.
So don’t mess with breakfast, start your day off right with this healthy, hearty bowl.
1/3 cup large flake oats
1 tbsp ground flax seed (don’t get whole flax seeds, we can’t digest them)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 a ripe banana, thinly sliced
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbsp peanut butter (I use the natural, no added sugar or salt kind)
In a small bowl, combine oats, flax, chia, and cinnamon. Add thinly sliced banana and frozen raspberries. Stir in 2/3 cup water. Microwave for about 1 minute, stir, and then microwave another 30-45 seconds, until it’s the consistency you want your oatmeal to be.
Using your oatmeal spoon, stir to whip the oats into the oatmeal. Stir in peanut butter.
Get on the oatmeal train, guys, it’s the place to be.