Bountiful Breakfast: Hearty Camp Oatmeal
I just moved into my new apartment, with an abundance of groceries and a kitchen the size of a postage stamp. I have plenty of options for lunch and dinner, but I am so excited to make breakfast. The saying “eat breakfast like a king” is sometimes hard to adhere to but should be taken to heart. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day in order to drive your metabolism and ensure your blood sugar is balanced. There are so many options—I empower you to find the ones that work best for you.
Breakfast does not have to be a big production–save that for weekend brunch. It does need to be quick, easy, and filled with nutrients to give you the energy you need to get through the morning. I do not have time to use my stove to make breakfast during the week, so what I prepare can be made with a microwave or toaster. Here is what I’m going to make tomorrow:
Hearty Camp Oatmeal with Apples
You will need:
- 1-2 packets Instant Oatmeal or premade Steel-Cut Oats
- 1-2 t. Ground Flaxseed (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/2-1 Apple, chopped
- Honey, Agave Nectar, or Brown Sugar, to taste
- Milk, Almond Milk, or Soy Milk, to taste
- Raisins or craisins (optional)
- Walnuts or sliced almonds (optional)
Prepare the oatmeal in the microwave or by boiling hot water. If needed, add a dash of milk to get desired consistency. Add sweetener if needed. Chop the apple into bite-sized pieces and add to the oatmeal. Throw in a tablespoon of flax. Add dried fruit or nuts if desired. Enjoy!
Several benefits of this meal include:
- Fiber: oatmeal is high in fiber (about 8 g/serving), as well as the apple and the flaxseed. Fiber or “roughage” aids digestive health and increases regularity. High-fiber foods, like complex carbohydrates and fruit, will make you feel fuller longer.
- Less sugar: many breakfast options are laden with simple sugars. Sure, there are sources of sugar in this meal, but for the most part, they are natural sugars. Be wary of oatmeal that is full of artificial flavors and sugar. As you see from this recipe, there are ways to add that sweet taste without risking a mid-morning sugar crash.
- Healthy fats: Flax is the unsung hero of this recipe. Ground flaxseeds are so simple to add to breakfast foods, and provide many benefits. Flax is a great source of fiber and promotes heart health by lowing bad cholesterol. It also contains antioxidants and Omega-3’s. If you mix it in well, you will not even notice it is there. Just remember to keep flaxseeds in the freezer, or they will become rancid.