For breakfast I usually need 3 things to happen – the meal has to be delicious, filled with energy, and EASY to make (I always am running out the door!)
Oats have made it back onto the “list” this year for our breakfast menu. Somehow they always end up in various cookie recipes and we never have any leftover for a good breakfast meal, but we ran and got the big container from the store…so no excuses (or more cookies).
I decided to do a little side research and try and see why eating oats is a good way to start the morning.
Healthy Oat Facts:
- Oat bran (the outer casing of the oat) when consumed is believed to reduce LDL (“bad” cholesterol) – helping to reduce the risk of heart disease
- Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain – keeping you feeling full longer by slowing down digestion
- Oats are the only cereal containing a globulin or legume-like protein
So, after reading those (thanks Wikipedia) and reading about the benefits of a high fiber diet in the morning here. I’ve decided they make it back on the breakfast list. But, if you know me…it has to also taste good…really good… So, I’m mixing in some of my favorite breakfast routine into the mix with these little oat health wonders!
- 1/2 cup whole grain quick oats
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 medium sized banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- In a small saucepan, heat up oats and milk (add more or less for desired consistency) and bring to a boil. Stir in banana and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
- Serve (add honey if desired). This would also be great topped with fresh fruit!