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Try My Power Oatmeal!

Yes, I practice what I preach and eat breakfast every day, and it’s usually — POWER OATMEAL!

If you’ve seen many Quaker Oats commercials, you already know that oatmeal is a good health food. I call this “Power Oatmeal” because I rev it up with a few extra ingredients with shown health food benefits to make it even better.

For instance, I add cinnamon. It adds great flavor and has good health benefits. Many studies have shown cinnamon to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, and more recent research also suggests it may help bad cholesterol levels.

I add whey powder and walnuts to boost the protein level. The walnuts are also an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a special type of protective fat the body cannot manufacture. Omega-3 has many potential health benefits, most notably cardiovascular protection and the promotion of better cognitive function. Great stuff to start your morning!

As one last nutritional bonus, I add some flax oil to my oatmeal. Like walnuts, it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and a teaspoon a day is also purported to boost immunity and promote healthy skin.

Now, here’s how I make my POWER OATMEAL. I cook mine in a pan on the stove, but you could also make it in the microwave if you prefer. I’m prone to forgetting it and having a mess boiled over, which I hate to clean up. I prefer the occasional crunchy oatmeal from leaving it cook just a little too long on the stove. 🙂

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Ingredients:

Oatmeal Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal (rolled oats)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 scoop of whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of flax oil
  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts

Mix water, whey powder and oatmeal together in measuring cup with a small whisk.

Mixing first ingredients for oatmeal.

Before mixing on right, mixed up on left.

Pour the liquid mixture into your pan if you’re cooking it on the stove, or into a bowl if you’re cooking it in the microwave.

Oatmeal ready to cook in pan.

I cook mine on medium-low heat because I usually go off and do something else while it’s cooking. I like mine fairly dry, but you can obviously cook yours to whatever consistency you prefer.

For cooking times, check your oatmeal package instructions. When using a microwave to cook regular oats, cook at 50% power for 5-6 minutes.  (The lower power setting helps prevent the mixture from bubbling over and making a mess in your microwave.)

I use regular oats, but you could use instant. Once it’s cooked, dump it into a bowl, sprinkle the walnuts on top, and that’s all there is to it.

Bowl of Oatmeal

Oatmeal to power up your morning!

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