I’m been working on finding the perfect breakfast for awhile, one that is quick, easy, relatively nutritious, tasty, and most importantly…FILLING.
For awhile I was simply making a packet of the low-sugar Maple and Brown sugar oatmeal mixed with some protein powder. The problem was, even though that had a fair amount of protein in it, it wasn’t very filling. AND – I’m not a big fan of protein powder as a concept anyway. It just feels weirdly synthetic.
A friend of mine posted a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal on Facebook recently. I simplified it a bit and adjusted a few things here and there and I think I’ve found my new breakfast! I ate this yesterday morning before my hard/tough trail run. I ate it around 5:30am and wasn’t hungry again until after my first 5 miles on the run which was around 8:30! So, carrying me 3 hours including 5 miles is REALLY good for me. And even then, I wasn’t starving, we were just at a good “break” point so I though, “Well…now seems like a good time for a snack!”
Easy Breezy Pumpkin Oatmeal
- 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (150 calories)
- 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree (20 calories)
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (15 calories)
- 1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar (28 calories)
Mix it up, microwave 2 minutes! (Total: 213 calories)
I’ve been doing different things some days, sprinkling a few cranberries in there (Nothing more than a tablespoon, which is 25 calories) or just a dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice. And if it’s not sweet enough for you, I did try a full tablespoon of brown sugar once, but that was too sweet for me. I like sweet things, but not in my oatmeal.
I wish I was more into “Whole Food” eating. I’d never really switch completely because I tend to like treats like Handisnacks too much. But, if I wanted to only eat Whole Foods, to REALLY commit to it, I’d also have to have more time and/or money than I have currently. You either have to plan/shop deals/look for sales (requires times) or have extra money to just buy whole stuff wherever it’s easy (requires money). Since I don’t really have extra time or money to make a complete adjustment in my diet, I try to do it where I can without needing that extra time or money. So this breakfast fits the bill.
Basically, this breakfast makes me feel better than when I use the packets of oatmeal with the unpronounceable ingredients combined with synthetic protein powder. Which means NOW I can eat my Handisnacks (mmmm…red stick and cheese spread) later and not feel quite as guilty about it.