It’s cooooollllldddd outside!!!! But I’m not complaining. The frigid weather just gives me an excuse to make this warming and nourishing breakfast.
Speaking of nourishing, how about some chocolate fudge for breakfast? I can’t say it would be the healthiest choice, but, remarkably, some breakfast cereals pack more sugar into your bowl than a serving of chocolate fudge.
In fact, breakfast cereal can be one of the highest – and sneakiest – sources of sugar in your day. Most granola on the grocery store shelves contains as much sugar in one bowl as a Twinkie! A serving of Quaker Honey Nut Oats will load you up with more sugar than a Butterfinger bar.
And with Thanksgiving just a few days away, those annoying fat cells don’t need any sugar-boosts.
Fight Holiday Weight Gain Before the Holidays!
If you don’t want to gain weight over the holidays, what you need to do is eat a good breakfast. Well, ok, a few other strategies in your game plan may help as well, but research has shown that people who eat breakfast every day enjoy easier weight-loss and have more physical and mental energy throughout the day than those who don’t eat breakfast.
So, by including this simple, painless (compare it to working out for 3 hours) habit in your day, you may lessen your risk of gaining weight through the holidays and make it easier to get back on a healthy track once the holidays are over (if you got off track).
Oats and Their Whole-Grain Goodness
Not only have oats been shown to reduce cholesterol, help control blood glucose and insulin levels, reduce asthma risk in children, and boost the immune system, oats also have a fiber compound called beta-glucan which encourages your body to release hunger-suppressing hormones.
- 1 cup uncooked quick oats (use gluten-free oats if desired)
- 2 3/4 cups almond milk - I use Silk Original because it's one of the few varieties that doesn't contain natural flavors (an ingredient we try to avoid)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 7 dried apricots
- 5 dried figs
- 1 medium apple (about 1 1/3 cup diced apple)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup – optional
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Place milk and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Stir in oats, cover, and begin heating over medium-high heat.
- Meanwhile, cut apricots and figs into small pieces. (I cut the apricots into 4 pieces and the figs into 6 pieces.)
- Cut the apple into small pieces.
- When oatmeal comes to a boil, stir in fruit.
- Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often to prevent oats from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- When oatmeal is done, stir in walnuts, sweetener, and vanilla.