Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to have for breakfast. It is easy to make, really filling, and has a ton of carbohydrates for me. During the school year I need quick, easy breakfasts and this is my go-to.
I do not like the pre packaged flavored oatmeal because it has such a high sugar content. Instead I buy the large container of plain oats and make my own. This way I know exactly what is in my oatmeal and I avoid all the unnecessary sugar. I do occasionally put in some dark chocolate chips… I gotta have my chocolate fix daily.
Here is a typical bowl of oatmeal:
- 1/2 cup dry oats (does not really matter the brand)
- 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup soy milk (you can also use whatever milk you want. I use half almond and silk so I don’t go through them as quickly since I tend to use more almond milk for smoothies)
- Fresh fruit (I use frozen in the winter when fresh fruit is not in season) (I also never measure fruit.. I just like a lot)
- A small handful of dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (they help to keep you full longer and have a ton of great nutrients)
Combine oats, chia seeds, and milk. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and then and fruit and chocolate chips (completely optional!)
*During the winter I will defrost my frozen fruit separately, and then add it in like I would fresh fruit.
Nutritional Information (approximation since I do not measure fruit):
- 142 grams of carbohydrates
- 22.5 grams protein
- 424 calories (130 of it coming from chia seeds)
This is a great way for me to get a good amount of carbs, protein, and calories. Since I run so early in the morning this is a great recovery breakfast.