Okay, so this really isn’t anything fancy. It’s oatmeal, for goodness sake. But this oatmeal, along with a cup of tea, is my breakfast most mornings, and I never seem to get tired of it. Seriously. I buy 40 pound bags of oats from Bob’s Red Mill just to keep me stocked.
I’m one of those people who takes a little bit longer to get up and ready in the mornings, and I don’t want to have to think about breakfast too hard or I’d be tempted to just skip it. But skipping breakfast is a bad idea for me if I want to have a productive day. Solution: the three-minute breakfast you really have no excuse not to make.
And the best part about this oatmeal is that it fills me up and keeps me satisfied for a few hours, so I can get my day started off on the right foot without having to devote much time or energy in the morning to just getting food in my stomach. The almond milk makes it creamy and delicious but also adds a couple grams of additional protein and healthy fats. Chia seeds are chock full of omega 3 fatty acids and raisins add sweetness without having to use more refined sweeteners. And did you know that cinnamon helps to normalize blood sugar, partly by keeping food in your stomach longer?
Oats are crazy good at lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, and stabilizing blood sugar, and the fiber in oats can help to protect against breast cancer. Oats are high in protein, fiber, and minerals like manganese, magnesium, and zinc.
Talk about starting your day off on the right foot. Eat your oatmeal!
- ½ cup rolled oats (I use certified gluten-free oats from Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2-4 tablespoons raisins or currants
- 2-3 teaspoons chia seeds
- cinnamon to taste
- Place oats and almond milk in a medium bowl and heat in microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Sprinkle raisins or currants, chia seeds, and cinnamon on top and enjoy!