Happy New Year!!  New Years is that wonderful time when the calender changes and we tell ourselves it's a good time to start fresh and accomplish all those things we put off last year.  I think this someecard is pretty fitting:
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So like everyone else this time of year, I am actively trying to eat better and exercise more.  Mostly I am just walking more and have made a clean break from all the junk food that had been a staple in my life since Halloween.  Things are going well so far.

One of my new habits is eating Oatmeal in the mornings.  Oatmeal is a regular breakfast for me, but until last week I was instant packaged all the way.  I had myself convinced that not only was cooking oatmeal way more work, it also tasted gross.  I discovered that I was wrong on both assumptions.  For the past eight days I have cooked the oatmeal and it takes about as long as boiling the kettle.  As for the taste, it tastes good for you - but not in a bad way.  It is also hearty, so it feels like I am eating a meal.  Plus 10 packages of instant oatmeal costs $2.00 for only 400g.  A bag of Quaker Quick Oats is $2.50 for 1000g.  It's an awesome deal too!

Here is how I have been preparing my morning oats:
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup quick oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 cup chopped walnuts

Bring water to boil and add oats.  Let simmer on low for 4 minutes, adding cinnamon and ginger while cooking.  Pour into a bowl and add walnuts.  Enjoy!

I am going to check out Bulk Barn sometime this week and see what other fun things I can add to my oatmeal.  Do you like oatmeal?  What do you add to yours?

Posted by Jen B On Monday, January 10, 2011 7 comments

7 comments:

  1. I do cinnammon and raisins, or sometimes cinnammon and little apple chunks. I don't think I've ever added nuts to oatmeal... good idea!

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  2. I pour a little maple syrup on mine. I'm not so into healthy living, apparently!

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  3. @Marilyn: I am for sure going to try little apple chunks. YUM!

    @Alison: Maple syrup rocks, healthy living be damned!

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  4. I put a big blob of jam in mine, or I'll had frozen fruit during the last minute of cooking.

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  5. Frozen fruit is a great idea! I'll have to try that too! :)

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  6. We've been eating home made oatmeal in the mornings since just before Christmas. I do 2/3 cup oatmeal, and add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to it while it's cooking. This is enough for my daughters and I to have a small bowl each.

    I find I use less brown sugar when I cook it right in, than when I add it after it's cooked.

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  7. Isn't homemade oatmeal the best? Your recipe sounds yummy. If I'm not sweet enough in the morning, I'll add some brown sugar to mine too! Brown sugar for the win!

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