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April 18, 2012 8:42 AM
I don't really know anyone who loves oatmeal as much as me.... I love my breakfasts sooo much and wanted to share. I once proudly told my doc that I ate oatmeal for breakfast every day and she suggested adding other whole grains. So glad she said that as i now make these awesome breakfasts that have more protein than oatmeal alone. They are not entirely low calorie, usually around 350 ish calories but it works for me as I like a filling healthy breakfast and lighter lunches and dinners, and like to eat most of my carbs in the am.

There are infinate variations but here is my favorite breakfast (1 serving):

1/8 cup of a mix of equal parts: steel cut oatmeal, amaranth grain, millet and quinoa
1/8 cup of canahua - I never heard of this but found it in the bulk bin next to the amaranth, it is a Bolivian grain (it's a seed really, just like amaranth and quinoa), related to amaranth and quinoa, brown in color with a great texture
3/4 c. water
1/2 or 1 apple, chopped
1 TB raw almonds
1 TB whole chia seeds or pureed flax seed
1-2TB blueberries or raspberries (I use frozen as its easier but fresh would be even better)
8 oz of your favorite milk alternative, low or no sugar

variations: cinnamon, other fruits, other grains if I feel like something sweet I add a packet of stevia. on big exercise days I may have a banana or raisins if the calories work out.

Add grains and chopped apple with water and bring to boil. Boil on low for a few minutes, then you can cover and let sit while you do your morning stuff (I like to do this so I don't have to babysit the stove). After 15-20 minutes water should be absorbed. Add remaining ingredients, let frozen berries sit a few minutes to thaw and YUM.

Tip: I get all my grains in bulk and put them in jars, and pre-mix the blended oatmeal, quinoa, amaranth and millet. If I'm out of any of the grains I just use an equivalent serving of whatever I have on hand. I get about 15 grams of protein and 51 carbs.
April 18, 2012 9:03 AM
Thank you for sharing :) It sounds delicious! I love oatmeal so much! <3
April 18, 2012 11:44 AM
I've done similar with wheat berries and millet. I'll have to add some oat to that next time. Sounds super yummy!
April 18, 2012 12:24 PM
We have been making variations of these for breakfasts/lunches using almond milk:!

We make 6-10 at a time and just grab and go when needed.
Edited by LordBezoar On April 18, 2012 12:25 PM
April 18, 2012 1:53 PM
I love oatmeal so much!! My favorite is half cup rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of crunchy unsalted peanutbutter, 1 table spoon of flax seed and a chopped banana. So good!
April 18, 2012 4:32 PM
great ideas!! I'm going to try these. Already looking forward to breakfast...
April 18, 2012 5:27 PM
I'm going to have to look for canahua! I've not seen it yet.

I don't see buckwheat on your list. I use kasha, cracked buckwheat, or buckwheat flakes regularly. Quinoa either whole grain or quinoa flakes. I haven't added amaranth to my porridge, but I know I don't like it by itself.

I can't do oats or any grains, but I still have my porridge pretty often!
April 29, 2012 4:56 PM
I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, and I simply love it! It keeps me feeling full when I don't get a chance to eat a snack before lunch. I always add fruit- frozen berries, apples, raisins, dried cranberries, pineapple, etc. If I know I am going to be having a long day or that I will be getting a lot of exercise, I add a tablespoon of peanut butter. It literally blows my mind how delicious this is! I also always add a quarter cup soy milk, coconut milk, or almond milk, and always some cinnamon! Yum!

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