Yes, I practice what I preach and eat breakfast every day, and it’s usually — POWER OATMEAL!
If you’ve seen many Quaker Oats commercials, you already know that oatmeal is a good health food. I call this “Power Oatmeal” because I rev it up with a few extra ingredients with shown health food benefits to make it even better.
For instance, I add cinnamon. It adds great flavor and has good health benefits. Many studies have shown cinnamon to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, and more recent research also suggests it may help bad cholesterol levels.
I add whey powder and walnuts to boost the protein level. The walnuts are also an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a special type of protective fat the body cannot manufacture. Omega-3 has many potential health benefits, most notably cardiovascular protection and the promotion of better cognitive function. Great stuff to start your morning!
As one last nutritional bonus, I add some flax oil to my oatmeal. Like walnuts, it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and a teaspoon a day is also purported to boost immunity and promote healthy skin.
Now, here’s how I make my POWER OATMEAL. I cook mine in a pan on the stove, but you could also make it in the microwave if you prefer. I’m prone to forgetting it and having a mess boiled over, which I hate to clean up. I prefer the occasional crunchy oatmeal from leaving it cook just a little too long on the stove.
- 1/3 cup oatmeal (rolled oats)
- 3/4 cup of water
- 3/4 scoop of whey protein powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of flax oil
- 2 tablespoons of walnuts
Mix water, whey powder and oatmeal together in measuring cup with a small whisk.
Before mixing on right, mixed up on left.
Pour the liquid mixture into your pan if you’re cooking it on the stove, or into a bowl if you’re cooking it in the microwave.
I cook mine on medium-low heat because I usually go off and do something else while it’s cooking. I like mine fairly dry, but you can obviously cook yours to whatever consistency you prefer.
For cooking times, check your oatmeal package instructions. When using a microwave to cook regular oats, cook at 50% power for 5-6 minutes. (The lower power setting helps prevent the mixture from bubbling over and making a mess in your microwave.)
I use regular oats, but you could use instant. Once it’s cooked, dump it into a bowl, sprinkle the walnuts on top, and that’s all there is to it.
Oatmeal to power up your morning!