Oatmeal is often a breakfast staple this time of year and for good reason. It fills you up, keeps you warm, and for me, is definitely associated with chilly winter mornings as a child.  I have to admit, since moving to a warmer climate, I haven’t had oatmeal as often this “winter” but it is still something I eat on a regular basis.

Oats are a healthy option for breakfast because they contain fiber (both soluble and insoluble), protein, are 100% whole grain and contain a whole slew of minerals.

Picking the Oats:

  • Steel-cut oats are best  - they are the whole oat groat which is then cut in pieces instead of flattened meaning it takes longer to digest which helps you feel full longer. They are essentially the least processed form of oats and are sometimes called Irish Oats. They do take longer to cook, but result in a chewy oat.
  • Rolled, Quick or Instant Oats are also good choices.
  • Instead of using the flavored packets which contain hydrogenated oils, corn syrup and a ton of preservatives, try making your own and topping it as you like! You can even make a big batch to eat throughout the week.

Topping Ideas:

  • Nut Butter: Peanut, Almond, Cashew, etc.
  • Sweeteners: Maple Syrup, Honey, Agave, Brown Sugar, Stevia, etc.
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruits
  • Shredded Coconut or Coconut Oil

Ways to Add Protein:

  • Nut Butters
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Protein Powder
  • Milk
Recipes to Try: 

What do you put in or on you oats? 

pumpkin curry

pumpkin & shrimp curry

I think my Madison friends will really enjoy this recipe. It is from L’Etoile Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are from the area, you know what L’Etoile is and what it is all about. L’Etoile is a restaurant that focuses on supporting local farmers and artisan producers and it just so happened that this

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asian bbq pork

chinese bbq pork with provolone

Have you ever eaten at a restaurant… and seen something that sounded so interesting but you just weren’t able to order it because there were so many other things on the menu that you needed to try? When that happens to me, I jot down a few words and email them to myself. Inspiration I

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breakfast

daily eats: 12.14.11

Hi Friends! The last few daily eats posts have had some sort of theme, but I’ve got nothing for you this time! Just a normal, old day. I started out the day with some green tea. Even though I just picked up a new coffee pot (I broke mine last week) I might be on

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asian chicken stew

asian chicken stew {slow cooker}

I’m not really sure how to describe this dish to you. It’s definitely Asian, I can tell you that much. It has curry paste, but it’s not quite a curry. It has peanut butter, but it’s not quite a peanut sauce. Along with the fact that it most certainly has an Asian vibe, I can

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coffee

daily eats {11.1.11}

Wow, I can’t believe it is already November! I surprisingly didn’t eat too much candy on Halloween, but did drink my share of wine and eat pizza, so I was a little slow-moving this morning. Nothing a little coffee, water and work can’t fix. Sometimes its best to just throw yourself into it! Peet’s Coffee

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shrimp & pesto pizza

shrimp & pesto pizza

Last weekend I was working on some shrimp recipes for a project and when I mentioned the thought of shrimp pizza to the Taster he got a little excited. Before I knew it there were multiple topping ideas being tossed out, but in the end, we went with pesto (as the sauce), red onion, roasted

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