Sunday, June 27, 2010

We All Scream for Oatmeal!

Gotta be honest... I think I could eat breakfast foods every meal for the rest of my life.. Cereal, yogurt, bagels, eggs, french toast, fruit, pancakes, bacon, maple syrup, even poptarts- how can you go wrong?!  

Oh yeah and oatmeal- one of the healthiest breakfasts... seems to be overshadowed by some of its more sugary and fattening competitors, yeah? 

Well, these recipes are no-fail, very healthy and DELICIOUS versions of your plain jane oats.

These recipes are courtesy of Hungry Girl's guilt-free "200 under 200" recipe book.
And she is a genius.  Every one of these is AMAZING. 

Berries & Cream Oatmeal Pudding

1/3 c. regular oats (not instant)
1/2 c. frozen mixed berries
1/4 c. light vanilla soymilk (or fat-free milk)
1 Tbsp. sugar-free fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 tsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
Dash salt

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine powdered creamer with 1/4 c. warm water.  Stir until dissolved.  

Add soymilk and pudding mix, and stir until mixture is thoroughly blended.  Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl and stir.  

Microwave for 3 minutes.  Allow to cool and thicken.  Dig in!

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition:  190 calories, 2.5g fat, 501mg sodium, 35.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 7g sugars, 5.5g protein

Choco-Banana Oatmeal

1/3 c. regular oats (not instant)
One 25-calorie packet diet hot cocoa mix (Swiss Miss)
One-half medium banana, mashed
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
Dash salt

Pour cocoa mix into a glass with cinnamon, sweetener, and salt.  Add 1/4 c. hot water and stir thoroughly.  Once cocoa mix has dissolved, add 1/4 c. cold water and stir.  

In a large microwave-safe cereal bowl, combine cocoa mixture with mashed banana and oats until mixed well.  Microwave for 2 minutes.

Give it a stir, and then allow oatmeal to cool and thicken.  Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition: 185 calories, 2g fat, 137mg sodium, 37 carbs, 5g fiber, 11g sugar, 6.5g protein

Fro-yo'ed Up Oatmeal Sundae

1/4 c. quick-cooking oatmeal
1/4 c. low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/4 c. fresh blueberries
1/4 c. sliced fresh strawberries
1 Tbsp. strawberry (or any fruit flavor) sugar-free or low-sugar preserves
1/2 Tbsp. All Natural Almond Accents in Original Oven Roasted or Honey Roasted
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Dash salt

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine oatmeal with 1/2 c. water.  Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until desired consistency is reached.

Once bowl of oatmeal is cool enough to handle, mix in preserves, sweetener, cinnamon, and salt.  Top with fruit.

Place frozen yogurt on top of fruit layer, and then sprinkle with almonds.  Serve immediately- the frozen yogurt will melt, but it's delicious as it melts into the oatmeal!

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition: 198 calories, 4.25g fat, 219mg sodium, 38g carbs, 4g fiber, 11.5g sugar, 5.5g protein

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