The Oatmeal I Didn’t Hate

Every time some makes oatmeal near me it smells so good. I have tried to eat oatmeal numerous times and each time I get all of one and half spoonfuls down before I start to gag a little bit.

Oatmeal is a great source of whole grains so it is definitely something I would love to incorporate into my diet on a semi-regular basis. Luck for me, Anne from Fannetastic Food posted a great piece on making oatmeal suck less.

The Oatmeal I Didn't Hate

Her first tip was to use milk (or in my case a milk alternative) instead of water. Water makes the oats less tasty and more gummy and that consistency is just not fun in the mouth. I had never made oatmeal with almond milk (my favorite my alternative) before but I will never use water again.

Anne’s next tip was to use rolled oats instead of instant oats. I am 100% guilty of this. Instant oats are chock full of sugar and are more processed than regular rolled oats so they lose out on some nutrition. She also mentions adding an egg to the oat and milk mix to boost the protein factor and make the oatmeal more fluffy. Perfect for me, seeing that the oatmeal consistency is what normally kills me.

So with these great tips in hand, I set out to make an oatmeal I didn’t hate.

oatmeal ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup Silk Almond Coconut Blend (<– loving this stuff lately)
  • Optional toppings: 1 Tbs nut butter, dash of cinnamon, berries (dried, fresh, frozen), nuts, seeds, anything you want!

Directions:

  1. Add oats and milk to a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Whisk egg and egg white in a separate bowl then whisk eggs into oatmeal and milk mix.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, then microwave for another 1 – 2 minutes.
  4. Top with whatever makes you happy! I used frozen wild blueberries and a dollop of almond butter.

This oatmeal was super easy to throw together and kept me full for hours thanks to the protein and fiber. I used g-free oats for this because I am trying cut down on my gluten intake to see if it helps a few stomach issues I’ve been having. I don’t want to admit it to myself but I actually think my body is rejecting coffee…noooooo! Long story short – here are the nutrition facts for this oatmeal. The headers got cut off (derp) but it goes likes this:

  Calories :: Carbs :: Fat :: Protein :: Fiber :: Cholesterol

Oatmeal Nutrition Facts

Do you like oatmeal?

I didn’t until now!

What’s your favorite breakfast?

My favorite breakfast is a weekend breakfast with friends or at home with SL that includes an omelet, maybe some bacon, and english muffin, some homefries, coffee…the works!

5-minute Kettlebell + Burpee Workout

I have been choosing sleep over morning workouts lately and I am finally realizing that it is OK! Now that I am done with school, I actually have my nights to myself and low and behold, I actually made it to the gym after work last night! And I had a great workout! Double win!

I started on the elliptical and sweat it out for a 20 minute interval workout out with a five minute cool down. I covered 2.20 miles and according the the machine, torch 250 calories. I never trust those calorie counters though. I rounded out my time at the gym with this 5-minute Kettlebell + Burpee Workout.

Kettlebell Burpee Workout

I set my phone timer for 5 minutes and got work finishing 3 full rounds plus 2 kettlebell swings. I am already dying to do this quick workout again! I was in and out of the gym in about 35 minutes and was a sweaty beast. I loved using kettlebells again too!

The inspiration for this speedy workout came from the Zuzka Light blog (I can’t seem to find the original post). But her video of the workout is here. Follow along with her cues as well if you are new to kettlebells. She has plenty more kettlebell workouts on her channel as well.

Today was supposed to be a Barry’s Bootcamp day but in order to save some dinero I am going to hit up the good old gym after work today or do a little at home HIIT workout in my living room. Maybe I can convince SL to do it with me? Better yet, maybe I can convince him to cook dinner while I workout!

Happy hump day!

Have you recently rekindled a fitness love now that summer is over and life is back to normal?