THE MORNING HABIT THAT STUCK: AN ODE TO OATMEAL

Oatmeal

Four mornings in a row I have taken a picture of my morning oatmeal, simply because I wanted to write about it here on the blog. (Each morning I have also wondered if I’m going a little loony.)

I have oatmeal for breakfast on 90 % of mornings. Ever since my childhood I have loved eating porridge or oatmeal. On a cold winter morning, a belly full or warm breakfast just made me so happy. On the weekends or at my grandparent’s house, I was allowed to add butter, sugar and cinnamon on my morning porridge, and I  preferred that to any candy (besides chocolate) in the world.

Since then, my bowl of oatmeal has transitioned to something a little more filling and healthy, even though I still occasionally treat myself with the butter, sugar and cinnamon combo. Usually I top it with 150 g of fat free or 2 % cottage cheese and bilberries. Here in Dubai the cottage cheese costs a fortune and is pre-flavored, so I have resorted to egg whites. The fruit here is more affordable and better quality than berries, so there has been a tropical streak!

Oatmeal with pomegranate seeds and dried blueberries
Oatmeal with pomegranate seeds and dried blueberries
Oatmeal with pomegranate seeds and nectarine
Oatmeal with pomegranate seeds and nectarine

Here’s the recipe for my morning oatmeal.

1. 50 – 60 g of oats per portion. I prefer whole and jumbo oats, not the pressed, quick kind. Put them in a small sauce pan. I like to add chia seeds at this point, if I have them.

2. Pour in enough water to cover the oats, then add an equal amount of milk. Almond and coconut milk are great for this!

3. Add salt to taste. Nothing is worse than oatmeal with no salt.

4. Bring to boil and let simmer on medium heat until the oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid. Add more milk, if necessary.

5. If I’m using egg whites, I add them right before the oatmeal starts to simmer. Whisk them in so they don’t get clumpy.

6. Add toppings as you desire – I add one protein and one or two fruit and berry toppings.

Topping suggestions

Fresh or frozen berries

Fresh fruit

Coconut oil

Peanut or almond butter

Nuts & seeds

Dried and powdered berries

Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin spice, ground ginger, chai spice

Oatmeal with white peach and dried blueberries
Oatmeal with white peach and dried blueberries

Here’s a super protein-packed oatmeal alternative that is so yummy. Whisk egg whites in a separate bowl until fluffy and white. Add some extra milk to porridge mixture if needed, and mix in a scoop of vanilla or chocolate flavored whey. Fold whisked egg whites in with the porridge and whey mixture.

What is your favorite breakfast?

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