I’d been regularly eating oatmeal for breakfast for four years or so til this spring (i.e., before I knew I was pregnant) — when I suddenly couldn’t stomach oats.
I wasn’t sure if it was the time of year– oats felt too heavy in warmer weather — or un-diagnosed first-trimester gag-reflexes … or maybe I was just sick of the same breakfast day in and day out … but whatever the case, my oats canister remained untouched for six months.
And so I’ve been religiously breakfasting on Eggo blueberry Nutrigrain waffles and turkey bacon or cold cereal. Processed crap, but oh-so-good when frankly nothing else will do.
Then today, I finally felt ready to go back to my roots, er, oats. And I have to say, it was FABULOUS! 🙂 I’m so so so happy to have oatmeal back in my life! Aside from its heart-healthy benefits and the fact that it’s filling, it’s one of those easy go-to breakfasts that just leave me feeling happy. (Note: this does not mean the waffle obsession is over; just that I’m grateful to be able to add oats back to the rotation!)
Elvis-style oats,what I had today, were something I learned about when I was following the Core program on Weight Watchers. Here’s the recipe I use and adore:
1/2 c oats
1 c skim milk
1 T all-natural chunky peanut butter (I love Trader Joe’s)
1 small banana, sliced
cinnamon and a swirl of sugar-free maple syrup
I nuke the oats, milk, and cinnamon on high for 2 min. Once cooked, I stir in the PB and bananas, and then add a swirl of syrup and viola! 🙂
For those interested in the nutritional information of this breakfast, let me tell you– this bowl packs the punch and I promise will keep you full til lunch! I think it’s because it has like the perfect combo of carbs/fat/protein? And man, does it taste GOOD.
Honestly, I don’t know how people make oats with water; it’s just so much creamier and more filling with milk! I remember early on in WW I’d use water in my oats to save Points, but once I started following the Core program (where skim milk was included) I realized how silly that mentality was — after all, milk is good for you! And well-worth the Points/calories even after the Core program died.
Elvis Oats nutritional information courtesy of MyDailyPlate.com
How about you? Is there a food that, for whatever reason, you couldn’t stomach for a time and have found your way back to?