I know I sound like a broken record at times, but after having a baby all I could think about was “Will I ever look appealing again?” Come on ladies, I know I’m not alone on this one, am I?
For the most part, I do great. Balanced diet, a lot of H20, consistent exercise, the works. Even though I love to cook delicious food, the truth is, I don’t eat much of it most of the time. Of course I try it, I wouldn’t feed anyone something I wouldn’t eat, but I hold back from indulging in the entire plate. Like I said, balance is key.
Lately though I have just been dropping the ball. A little too much eating out, enjoying sweets and maybe a little extra alcohol has been happening. So it is time for a mini cleanse. By cleansing, I don’t mean a lemonade cleanse or anything like that. Although if that works for you, go for it. I don’t think I have that type of discipline. Fail on my part. What I mean is upping my water intake and returning to some healthier eating habits, and just making better choices in general. So you are looking at my go-to breakfast and sometimes lunch oatmeal bowl. It is nothing crazy but super simple, super delicious, super filling and of course, nutritious.
Quakers Old Fashion Oats
Silk Almond Milk (Organic)
A pinch of Salt
Berries of choice, or some banana
Oatmeal Bowl - Basic "How-To"
I make 1 cup of dry oatmeal that yields 2 cups cooked. Normally I split this portion with my hubby or I eat 1 cup for breakfast and the other for lunch. You can also just eat the entire thing in one sitting, the choice is yours.
The ratio for old fashioned oats is 2:1, so for every 1 cup of oats, you will use 2 cups of liquid. Almond Milk is my go-to. It’s lighter in calories then any milk variety and gives it your oatmeal a super yummy taste. If you want to be extra healthy, you can use filtered water, but we all deserve some flavor in our lives!
After you add your oats and almond milk, add a pinch of salt and cinnamon, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until all the liquid has absorbed. Stir constantly to prevent burning and scorching. It could happen. Trust me, it is a pain in the butt trying to get burnt milk off a ceramic stove top. I won’t lie, sometimes it stays that way for days. So be careful! 🙂
Top your bowl with brown sugar, raisins, and choice of berries or bananas. Blueberries are my favorite, so blueberries it is! When I feel like being extra crazy, I toss in the bananas as well. I know, talk about walking on the wild side. I will be crazy today for you guys. But don’t feel restricted to these toppings, this is just what I like. Add whatever you want! Fruit, seeds, chia, honey, extra butter, dry fruit instead of fresh fruit – you can literally add so many different toppings to oatmeal. Oh! Granola is another good one, yum! See, I am already thinking on how to change it up.
This bowl of yumminess keeps me full well into lunch and sometimes late lunch, but I don’t recommend skipping any meals. It has been my go-to breakfast for the last few weeks and I am loving it. If I am feeling extra hungry, I pair it with a wheat English muffin with butter or peanut butter. But for the most part, this bowl is all I need.
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- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
- 1/4 tsp Kosher, Salt
- 1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Raisins
- 1/4 cup Berries, Banana, or fruit of choice
- Place the oats, almond milk, cinnamon and salt in a 1.5 qt pot over medium heat. (Adjust the pot size according to your recipe size). Bring to a boil. Be careful for boil overs.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until all the liquid has absorbed.
- Transfer to a bowl and mix in the brown sugar.
- Top with the berries (fruit of choice) and raisins. You can also mix in the raisins with the brown sugar if you prefer. There is no right or wrong way on how to add the toppings. Dig in!
- 1 cup of dry oats will yield about 2 cups cooked - I split this recipe and have 1 cup for breakfast and 1 cup for lunch, or I share it with my hubby
- Toppings will vary - use fruit of choice or any toppings you prefer