Home CEO Healthy Morning Oatmeal Recipe

My Dad is the one that really turned me on to beefed up oatmeal - that is oatmeal in the morning that is loaded with other ingredients to make it a healthy, delicious, filling and energy-providing start to the day.  To eliminate the need for added sugar, this recipe uses only natural sources of sugar, as found in fruit and the natural sweetness of cinnamon and cardamom.  The protein levels are also kicked up a notch with nuts and grains.  When selecting your nuts, really be on the lookout for the unsalted variety.  Often they are in the "green" section of the market. 

  • One serving of Oatmeal, cooked on the stove-top preferably, according to package instructions 
  • 1 cup of skim milk (or amount designated on oatmeal package) 
  • 1/2 cup of fruit (blueberries or chopped bananas are my favorite) 
  • 1-2 tbsp sliced unsalted almonds 
  • 2 tbsp unsalted cashews 
  • Pinch of cinnamon to taste 
  • Pinch of cardamom to taste 
  • Optional: Ground flaxseed and sunflower seeds 

Make the oatmeal per package instructions using skim milk instead of water as the base (use Lactaid if you have lactose intolerance). If you have the opportunity, try to make it on the stove-top because using the microwave lessens the nutritive value*. Near the end of cooking, stir in your fruit (either a half of a sliced banana or a half cup of blueberries or other fruit). You can also stir in your nuts at that time, to heat them and get them just a touch soft. Tap in a bit of cardamom and cinnamon to taste, pour into a bowl. Serve with a glass of low fat plain Kefir or a yummy warm beverage of your choice (I love Ghiradelli cocoa in hot unsweetened vanilla almond milk). 


Here's my breakfast. Yummy! You're worth spending the time making a good breakfast!

*Studies show microwaves drastically reduce nutrients. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/studies-show-microwaves-drastically-reduce-nutrients-food

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