Oatmeal: The return of eight power combos

Skipping breakfast isn’t going to make you skinny. Dietician Patricia Bannan, author of Eat Right When Time is Tight, tells Metro that it is essential. “You’ve been fasting for at least eight hours, so you need to eat within two hours in order to boost your metabolism, stabilize blood sugar levels, and improve your mood,” she explains. “A good rule of thumb is that a breakfast should be at least 200 calories and contain some protein and fibre for sustained energy.”

But what to eat for breakfast? The best start to the day is typically because of a solid breakfast that contains complex carbohydrates and some protein. This will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied until lunch time. One great example of this type of meal is having a bowl of oatmeal. Especially now that fall is here and winter is fast approaching, oatmeal makes for a hearty, satisfying and filling meal to start off your day.

So, because we love oatmeal and we hope we’ve convinced you to eat up in the morning, we’ve teamed up with Bannan and came up with eight awesome recipes that will make you want to enjoy it. Just don’t have too much of it – hence the portion sizes.  You can make your oatmeal with either water or milk (rice, almond, cow) or half milk and half water.

  • Banana-Almond: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, 1 tbsp. almond butter, ¼ sliced banana, 1 tbsp. chocolate chips
  • Truly Canadian: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, 1 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 strip chopped bacon, cinnamon to taste
  • Smoked Salmon: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, ¼ chopped avocado, 2 tsp. olive oil, 1 fried egg, 30 grams smoked salmon
  • Berry Tasty: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, 1 tbsp. cardamom, ½ cup berry compote, ¼ cup dried chopped cherries, 1 tbsp. walnuts
  • Old Fashioned: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, ½ chopped apple, 2 tbsp. toasted almonds, cinnamon & brown sugar to taste
  • Spicy and Sweet: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, ¼ cup vanilla yogurt, ½ chopped peach, cinnamon to taste
  • Oriental: 200 grams cooked oatmeal, 1 tbsp. miso paste, 1 tbsp. butter, 2 tbsp. toasted walnuts, 1 shaved radish
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