Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal
Let me just start by saying that one of the best parts about coming home – besides being able to relax and hang out with my family – is using my parent’s fancy dishes, mugs and bowls! The one you see above is actually for salsa, but obviously I needed to use it for one of my oatmeal breakfasts!!
To be honest, this recipe is nothing new – especially in the blog world! But since cherries are at their best during the summertime, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight them in breakfast form…and what better way to do that then with oatmeal?!
P.S. These pictures are completely inspired by Miss Rose over at On a Lobster Placemat, who seriously has some of the most gorgeous oatmeal pictures I have ever seen.
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- 1 tbsp. ground flax
- 1/2 cup cherries, diced
In my opinion, the best way to make old fashioned oatmeal is on the stove top. I’ve had one too many explosions in the microwave 😉 Allowing the ingredients to simmer in the pot gives me the thickest, creamiest consistency.
The addition of the liquid egg whites is what makes this recipe “new” for me. I’ve never added egg whites to my oats before, and I found that it was a great way to get some added protein without significantly changing the taste and consistency of the meal. I will definitely be adding them again in the future!
I added an extra cherry on top, for good measure 😉 I was able to enjoy this bowl just as the sun came up, making for a wonderful photo opp – good stuff!
- 305 calories
- 7g fat
- 51g carbohydrates
- 9g fiber
- 15g protein
5 New Things…
Whew! It’s been such a wonderful weekend at home Quite honestly, I haven’t had a real “break” from school, work, etc. since Christmas break of last year!
First of all, this morning I finally quantified just how great of a workout walking 18 holes of golf can be. I know some people scoff at those who call golf a “sport,” but if you’ve ever spent 4 hours hauling clubs on your back – you know it’s pretty good exercise! Today I decided to wear my heart rate monitor to figure out just how hard I work. My average heart rate was 120 and in 4 hours, I burned close to 1,000 calories – give or take a few because sometimes when I was swinging, the monitor went out on me. I just thought it was interesting – and definitely gives me good reason to reach for that extra energy bar to keep me fueled!
Secondly, I am soo bummed that the Olympics are over! The closing ceremonies were just as wonderful as the opening, but it was also very sad because it’s pretty much been my life for these past two weeks! I feel like the U.S. had great success and I’m very proud of all the athletes!!
Next, I just want to say THANK YOU to Aimee over at The Healthy Lawyer for hosting the Udi’s Granola contest! I received my winnings in the mail earlier this week! Unfortunately, I won’t get to try them out until I get back to school, but look at all the loot – I can’t wait!!
Fourth, I wanted to show you the beautiful presentation of the salad I had for lunch today. It was one of those Build Your Own salads and it came in a super funky bowl, so of course I snapped a picture!
There is something about solid white dishes that I just love. Maybe it’s because they provide such a contrast to the food, or perhaps it’s because they just seem cleaner? I’m not sure! But I digress. Anyway, this salad was made with romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, red and green peppers and kalamata olives. It was served with an edible flower and white French dressing on the side.
Gorgeous. So fresh and so clean. YUM.
Finally, it’s my brother’s FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL tomorrow!! WOOHOO! I remember how NERVOUS I was for my first day – eek! He’s becoming a “man” now though, so I’m sure it’s no sweat for him 😉 But I’ll be in the car with him on the way to school, just in case he needs his sis!
Have a great night and Monday!