I love that oatmeal is such a great breakfast option. It is literally a blank slate, and you can add any flavors you want! I don’t post a lot of breakfast recipes here, because I honestly eat about 3 or 4 different things for breakfast all year. I know this is slightly blasphemous, but breakfast is not my favorite meal… (I’m sorry!!!)
James LOVES breakfast, but for me, its a means to an end. I always make sure I get plenty of protein so I start my day off right. Most mornings I oscillate between Greek yogurt and granola, a protein smoothie, a protein bar (these are on rushed days), maybe an egg or two on toast, and in the winter – oatmeal with a scoop of protein.
These are all low sugar, low fat, high protein breakfast choices because if you know me, I get hungry every few hours. The protein helps me last a little longer. If I eat donuts or other sugary breakfast options, I need another meal within 1 hour – not ideal if you’re busy.
As I said, oatmeal is such a great blank slate. I love to add in any fruit I have, some shaved coconut, chia seeds, and cinnamon. I also like to add in a scoop of protein powder because otherwise, oatmeal is just a big warm bowl of carbs, which your body will burn through quickly. There isn’t much science to cooking oatmeal, but the fun part is adding in all of your flavor options.
For this oatmeal:
- 1/2 cup of large cut oats
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut shavings
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, and blue berries)
Cook your oatmeal according to your packaging. In this case it was 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of water, microwave on high for 2 min and let sit for 2 min.
Add in all of your other ingredients and give it a good stir.
This is a power breakfast, getting in a serving of fruit, some protein, and some complex carbohydrates to give you energy. The chia seeds are packed with omega 3s and the coconut is good for digestion, you really can’t go wrong with any of these ingredients!
As the weather cools off, a nice warm breakfast is sometimes exactly what you need.