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My New Favorite Breakfast

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.

7 thoughts on “My New Favorite Breakfast”

  1. This looks good. Thanks for sharing!

    Have you tried buying your Whole Foods on Amazon? I have no idea about the cost or availability there, but I’ve gotten dairy-free snacks and K-Cups coffee on their subscribe and save plan before for much less than I can find stuff locally.

  2. My go to is a .25 cup of old fashioned oats or some other flax/grain/oat hot cereal with some water and then a T of peanut butter and .5 of a chopped up apple. I’m a texture person so I love the crunch of an apple.

  3. I found ‘instant’ steel cut oats in individual servings at Target. Pretty good, super easy, and kept me full until lunch. Of course, I don’t run a zillion miles a week, so YMMV.

    On the calorie front, have you tried powdered peanut butter? It seems sketchy but the idea of low cal peanut butter smoothies is pretty appealing.

  4. Donnie LOVES that stuff! He uses PB2 and Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Powder and basically makes Reese’s Cup oatmeal every morning. He SWEARS by it.

    Unfortunately, I’m bound by stubbornness to not like anything he suggests, so I haven’t tried it yet.

  5. I like to add a tablespoon of peanut butter to my morning oatmeal to keep me full until 1st lunch at 12. (Pregnancy! So much hunger!) it’s really good and while it adds calories and fat (pregnancy!) it really feels satisfying.

  6. Hmm that gives me an idea. P won’t eat breakfast anymore because you know she’s 12 and that’s not cool anymore. She used to love Apple Cream of Wheat but they don’t sell it anymore. Wonder if I could come up with a homemade version using the regular and some applesauce. Curious why the almond milk instead of regular milk, is there a reason there or do you guys not drink dairy?

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