Harvest Oats

Delicious and Slimming Oatmeal BreakfastIt’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.

And dried apricots, fresh apples, and dried figs give this Harvest Oatmeal a flavorful sweetness without added sugar.
How to make oatmeal taste luscious!

Harvest Oats
 
A delicious way to include more slimming whole grains in your diet.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quick oats
  • 2 3/4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 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 maple pure syrup – optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place milk and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in oats, cover, and begin heating over medium-high heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cut apricots and figs into small pieces. (I cut the apricots into 4 pieces and the figs into 6 pieces.)
  4. Cut the apple into small pieces.
  5. When oatmeal comes to a boil, stir in fruit.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often to prevent oats from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  7. When oatmeal is done, stir in walnuts, sweetener, and vanilla.

    Serve hot.
Notes
Be sure to trims stems from figs before adding to oats.

 

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10 Responses to “Harvest Oats”

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  1. These bowls look so tasty and fresh! I love dried apricots.
    Pinning!

  2. Margaret says:

    My husband is not crazy about oatmeal but we love this dish!!! This is my way to get him to love oatmeal in the morning. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  3. Donna says:

    Cool, this is an extremely healthy food choice for everyone.

  4. Chris Zaccharia says:

    Fresh fruit with oatmeal. Wow delicious! :)

  5. Ann says:

    How much serving size in your recipe? Thanks
    Will make the oatmeal soon.

    • Hi Ann,

      This recipe makes about 3 cups of cooked cereal.

      Hope that helps.

      Jennifer

      • Ann says:

        Thank you, so the amount that i should cook for 1 serving on your recipe needs to divide by 3? I would like to lose weight but not sure the appropriate quantity.

        • Yes, you could do that.

          For my clients, I use the methods in the New Measure Weight Loss Program which doesn’t restrict serving sizes, but rather encourages individuals to eat (foods that are conducive to weight loss) until satisfied. This helps prevent cravings, low blood sugar, and low serotonin levels (which is associated with moodiness, irritability, anxiety, lack of concentration, chronic fatigue syndrome, cravings, binge eating, and weight gain.) and still provides weight loss.

          This recipe fits well in the New Measure Program.

          You can read a little more about it in my FAQ if you are interested.

          Best wishes to you,
          Jennifer

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