Thursday, 1 September 2011
Recipe Thursday - Bump up Your Breakfast
Over the course of a week, I came up with a combination that has been keeping me full for hours. A simple bowl of oatmeal, topped with a ripe sliced banana and a measured amount of pecans. You can't get much simpler.
Oatmeal is a wonder food in my opinion. It costs cents to make a bowl and is most easily done in the microwave or with a kettle of boiling water. It is widely reported to help lower bad cholesterol levels. Check out this website, Eat More Oats, for additional information. I think that everyone knows that bananas are an excellent source of potassium. While pecans do have a lot of calories from fat, they are cholesterol free and help to lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol). They also contain a good amount of protein which helps you keep feeling full. Best of all, they taste great.
1/3 cup quick oats
2/3 cup water
1 banana sliced
1/4 cup pecan pieces
Place oats and water in a deep cereal dish and microwave for 1 - 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Add sliced banana and top with pecans. I then use my spoon to break up the banana and mix it real well. If you happen to have those little packets of flavoured instant oatmeal, go ahead and use them, they will probably have sugar added.
variation: some days I substitute 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice and 1/2 cup soy milk for the oats and water.
Are you an oatmeal eater? If so, what do you stir in?
Beth Fish Reads for Weekend Cooking. This meme is posted on Saturday morning, I'll add the actual link at that time.