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Mixed Berry Macadamia Nut Oatmeal

Did you know that there is an entire month dedicated to oats? Oatmeal month is not June, it’s actually January, but no matter. Last January, enough oats were purchased to make 470 million bowls of oatmeal. That’s a lot of oatmeal.

Did you also know that there is now a GOLD Power Ranger?

It’s really not surprising that we buy so much oatmeal. Can a breakfast be anymore comforting  than a big bowl of warm, creamy deliciousness that is an absolute blank slate for adding flavor and color and goodness? (The answer is no, I can’t seem to think of a more comforting breakfast). Oatmeal is the Power Ranger of breakfast foods. One minute it’s a teenager:  a blank slate upon which to add ingredients for fantastic results. The next minute it’s transformed into the superhero of breakfast foods. Maybe it’s pink Ranger style, with berries and maple syrup. Or maybe it’s green Ranger style with salsa, a fried egg and some scallions. Or maybe it’s gold Ranger style and it’s the best of both worlds. Like this Mixed Berry Macadamia Nut Oatmeal. Sweet from the berries, but still savory and nutty from the macadamia nuts.

I think I’ll compare food to Power Rangers more often.

easy diet hq berry oatmeal

Oats are one of the healthiest, most inexpensive additions you can make to your diet. And they’re powerful.

The benefits of Oats

Just a half cup of dry oats fills a bowl (and your belly). And it’s only 150 calories!

Oatmeal is a good source of fiber. Which means it fills you up and stabilizes your energy level all morning. No crashes before lunch time!

Oatmeal is low in fat and is high up on the list of grains that contains a bit of protein.

Oatmeal helps lower bad cholesterol.

The list of benefits far surpasses the amount of room dedicated to it here. But believe me, this is one of those foods that fits into the Super category.

So, what’s better: steel-cut oats or rolled oats?

Most of the time I’m a banana-and-walnuts-in-my-oatmeal kind of girl (yellow Ranger?). But this morning I was feeling fancy. And when a girl feels fancy, she’s got to step up her breakfast game a bit. We always have a bag or two of frozen fruit in the freezer. The frozen berries work well because they hold their own as the oatmeal heats them up. Plus, they are frozen at the peak of ripeness so they will definitely have a natural sweetness to them that will sweeten the whole bowl of oats. I happened to have macadamia nuts left over from granola that my man made a few weeks ago. I toasted up the macadamia nuts to get them crispy and bring out that toasty, nutty flavor that is so delicious. You don’t have to, but I recommend toasting. If you don’t toast the nuts they get a bit lost in the texture of the oatmeal.

Mixed Berry Macadamia Nut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Vita Fiber
  • 1/2 cup frozen Mixed Berries
  • 1 tablespoon Macadamia Nuts, toasted, chopped

Method

  1. Combing oats, water and salt in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Slowly bring to a simmer. Once simmering, cook 2-3 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Add egg white, stirring constantly so that it does not cook separately. Continuing stirring for 30 seconds. Shut off heat.
  3. Add vanilla. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Top cinnamon, berries and nut.

Nutritional Info

Protein: 12 g Carbs: 52 g Fat: 13 g Calories: 314

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