Monday, February 7, 2011

I Like to Oat...Oat...Oat

Do you remember that song? Pretty sure it can go on forever...but it always made kids laugh!

This week, my challenge was brought to you by some fond memories of Valentines Days in the past. Since I was a little girl, my mom has always brought her kids breakfast in bed on Valentines Day, along with a cute note telling us how much she loved us. I had no idea how lucky I was until one day at school I was talking about it, assuming every mother did that, and my friends all freaked out saying they wished their mom's did that! Yes, I would wish that too if I were them :)

So besides that fact that my mom ROCKS, this week's challenge has a little something to do with breakfast and sharing the love :) I don't want to just challenge you to eat breakfast, although that is a very worthy goal if you don't eat it every day already. This week, I challenge you to...

eat oatmeal for breakfast at least twice!

Of course, I mean the real stuff too :) Why twice, you ask? Well, first off because it is a very good breakfast option. It has good fiber and carbs that will keep you full. Also, because there are SO many ways to eat oatmeal that if you try one way and don't like it, you should try another! There are recipes all over online with hundreds of ways to make your oatmeal to your liking. 

 sliced banana, oats, cinnamon

 yogurt, almond butter, oats

When I make my oatmeal, pretty much every morning, I take the following steps:

1. I take about 1/2 c. dry, old fashioned oats and put them in a bowl
2. I cover the oats with water so it is barely above them, and pop the bowl in the microwave for a minute
3. When it comes out, I put in a big spoonful of yogurt, followed by a spoonful of natural almond butter
4. I mix it up

It truly is delicious. Another combination I enjoy is sliced bananas and yogurt or sliced bananas and cinnamon. There are lots of different combos that work! You can even play with adding the fruit you choose (bananas, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apples) in with the dry oats when you microwave it. I do that frequently with the bananas to make them softer and mix better.

Some other toppings to try: nuts, honey, cinnamon, peanut butter, make it with milk instead of water (adds creaminess!), jam, coconut, raisins, canned pumpkin, cottage cheese, cocoa...the possibilities are endless!

Have fun!

~Do you have any good oatmeal ideas? What's your favorite?


  1. I don't like to use the microwave and I use steel cut oats which takes longer. So I boil the quantity of water needed in the evening, add the oats, cover and let it sit on the stove overnight. After 10-15mn of cooking in the morning it's ready to go.
    I like using almond butter and bananas too.
    Other good additions: maple syrup or berries and a bit of brown sugar.

  2. I do just the same with my oatmeal! I love sliced apples in it, too.. when they're in the mic with the oats, the mixture is soo good. :) Vanilla protein powder with skim milk in the mix is also great!

  3. My mom has a mean homemade granola recipe that I LOVE! It's a good option for the summer months, or even as a snack sprinkled over yogurt.
    This is a genius challenge!
    {And yes, I too, wish that my mom did that! LUCKY.}

  4. I do love that song! I always sing it to my little girl and my husband thinks I'm crazy because he has never heard that song!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours too! I'm currently on a weight-loss journey so I'll be stopping by often for tips! My hubby keeps trying to convince me to eat oatmeal like he does for breakfast, but despite my best efforts, I just never seem to have the time. S I always grab stuff that I can take on the go (yogurt, fruit, etc). You've inspired me, though.

    p.s. I had to steal, er uh, borrow the quote from your header. It is too fab for words, thanks!


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