Interesting Oats

by Wednesday, November 23, 2016

img_9415I grew up eating oatmeal. Usually Quaker oats “minute” oatmeal, must add LOTS of sugar, butter and or whole milk. Those days are long gone. My dad made the oatmeal soupy, I suppose to stretch the breakfast on cold winter mornings as thin as possible. I hate soupy oatmeal, enter – me not eating oatmeal for half a decade or so. Fast forward to now, self teaching as well as Pinterest consistently inform me on the health benefits of oatmeal. I thought I’d give it another try … but with my own interestingly healthy spin.

What I used

  • Rolled oats (red mill)
  • Fresh strawberry slices
  • Flax seed meal
  • Banana slices
  • Peanut Butter
  •  4 – 16 ounce mason jars

What I did

  • Prepare the oatmeal as directed. I doubled the recipe, to make it stretch for the week (2 cups). I also added a cinnamon stick to the water before adding the oats. Let them cool while you cut up whatever fruits you will add.
  • Slice fruit
  • Fill your mason jars halfway full with oatmeal
  • Layer in the fruit, theres no wrong way to do this. Generally I use 2 sliced strawberries and half a banana in each jar.
  • Sprinkle on a tablespoon of flax meal (more fiber & protein)
  • Add a dollop of your favorite peanut butter. The PB will melt into gooey greatness when you reheat for breakfast. 2 minutes in the microwave is all it should take.

This habit is a winner in the cold months. Oatmeal is warm and filling and the fruits add texture and a fresh aspect. Peanut butter and flax keep you full and offer plenty of protein to get you going in the morning.

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