Banana Nut Oatmeal
It’s a chilly day outside, and it makes me think that it’s a good day to start with a warm bowl of oatmeal, to help get the morning started.
When you are looking for a simple breakfast that is more “interesting” than plain old oatmeal, look no further than this recipe. The challenge for oatmeal is that for a healthy eating pattern you typically want to get 20-25 grams of protein at every meal, while oatmeal by itself only provides around 5 grams of protein per serving. By being a little creative, you are able to boost the protein, and enhance the flavor, without having to resort to scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage.
Oatmeal is a good choice for breakfast
Easy and quick to make, it stores well in your pantry where it is always available when you don’t know what to make. It’s a good choice to start your day because it is nutritious, provides fiber, and fills you up before you start your busy day.
Yes, bananas are ok to eat
Yes, this recipe includes a banana. I don’t know quite why or when bananas got a bad reputation on the web. However, I do not believe that bananas are bad to eat and, in moderation, bananas can certainly be part of a healthy eating plan for most people. Bananas are a good source of potassium, are low in fat, and are a good source of fiber.
Walnuts and milk add extra protein
By adding walnuts and milk to the recipe I have increased the protein to nearly 13 grams per serving; dietary fiber per serving is about 8 grams (or nearly 30% of the recommended daily amount of fiber for people over age 50). Note: If you follow a gluten-free diet, use gluten-free oatmeal instead of regular oatmeal to modify this recipe.
This recipe is part of my comfort food series.
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