Thursday, September 25, 2008

Homemade Oatmeal with Fruit

I make my own oatmeal because it's one less packaged food I'm eating. It's healthier and cheaper than those packets.

Easiest Oatmeal
1/2c Old fashioned rolled oats (not quick or instant)
1/2c Water
1/2c Frozen fruit such as blueberries, mango, strawberries, cherries, or peaches
cinnamon and or nutmeg to taste
With blueberries 189 cal, 3.5g fat, 6g fiber, 5g protein, 3 pts

1 small banana 90 cal
1Tbsp almonds (chopped or slivers) 84 cal
1 packet all natural sweetner (such as Sun Crystals or Stevia)
1Tbsp All natural fruit preserves (no added sugar or artificial sweetners) approx 35 cal

Microwave fruit to defrost to room temperature.
Microwave oats with water according to package
(Tip: Most packages will call for 1 cup of water which makes it REALLY soupy. I usually only use 2/3c)
Once oatmeal is at desired consistency, add the fruit, cinnamon and any other optional ingredients. Stir and then microwave about 30sec.

Cherry Almond Protein Oatmeal
I like this one after a workout

1/2c Old fashioned oats
1/2c Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Or sub soy or rice milk)
8-10 Frozen cherries
1 Tbsp Slivered almonds
1 Tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder
1 packet of all natural sweetener (Or sub 1 Tbsp fruit preserves)
Cinnamon to taste

Defrost cherries to room temperature.
Mix oats, protein powder, sweetener, cinnamon, and almond milk in a bowl.
Stir and microwave 1min to 1min 30sec. Stirring once halfway through and adding more milk if needed.
Add cherries and microwave 30sec, then top with almonds.'

Oatmeal to Go - Blueberry Mango
This one of my favorite combinations that I like to bring to work

1/2 cup - Old fashioned oats
1/4 cup - Frozen blueberries
1/2 cup - Frozen mango chunks (about 7-8 chunks)
1 Tbsp - All natural fruit preserves (any berry flavor)*
1 tsp - Cinnamon

Prep at home
Place the oats and cinnamon in a small tupperware container.
Place the blueberries and mango in another tupperware container and then the fruit preserves. The frozen fruit will thaw and then preserves will blend in to sweeten it. (I've found that 1-1.5 hours is good between prepping and eating)

At work
Place oats in a bowl or large soup mug and then add cold water. I never have a measuring cup so I just start with a little especially since the juices from the fruit will add more liquid.
Microwave for 1 min. Add fruit, stir and microwave another 45 sec - 1 min.

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