So you want to eat healthier, lose weight, and save money?? The beauty of my education is I know how to quickly adjust my intake to accommodate an undesired weight gain. Two of my most common suggestions to people who ask how to kick-start weight loss or just recover from an indulgent weekend are to eat more oatmeal and soup. I know, not glamorous or even undiscovered but they are 100% effective if you use them right.
Soups and oatmeal are admittedly understated but they can be delicious addition to any healthy, balanced diet. Today let’s focus on oatmeal – tomorrow we’ll talk more about soups (that way you can make a nice big batch over the weekend!). A quick search on pinterest, google or instagram yield thousands of images or recipes but few people I know would chose oatmeal for breakfast.
Oatmeal can be, and should be, so much more than the artificially flavored packets we grew up with. Consider oatmeal a blank canvas and the potential flavors are endless. This morning we opted for brown sugar cinnamon topped with diced granny smith apples and some pecan pie granola. Other great options – banana walnut, chunky monkey, s’mores, blueberry pie and the list goes on. A few weeks ago I had an idea to completely change how to make oatmeal – no more microwaving water and oats or boiling water then adding oats here. Why not cook the oats like you cook arborio rice for risotto?? Uhh yes… creamy oats with toasted spices and a hint of butter!!!
Did you see that??? We flipped the script on same old oatmeal, oh wait, yes, that’s right – and TOASTED THE OATS IN BUTTER….. You’re on board now?? Okay, so humor me, give the recipe below a try.
- 2 teaspoons light butter spread
- 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1½ cups skim milk
- 1 cup water
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Toppings: toasted nuts, granola, fruit, homemade applesauce, dollop of yogurt, etc
- Melt butter in medium pan over medium-high heat. Stir oats and cinnamon in the butter to coat and toast.
- Add in milk and water a bit at a time as you would for risotto. Pour in about ¼ cup of liquid and stir letting the oats absorb. Once that liquid is nearly gone, add in another ¼ cup. Continue this until all of the liquid is used up and the oats are super creamy.
- Mix in brown sugar, salt, vanilla and any additional spices. Stir well and portion into bowls. The portion above served two humans and two dogs (I pulled out a bit for the dogs before I added the salt/vanilla/sugar).
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy!