Saturday, April 4, 2015

My Favorite Quick & Easy Breakfast

I love oatmeal! I never thought I'd say that, especially when I was younger. Maybe it's an acquired taste. Regardless, the important thing is I love it now, and it's a super healthy way to start my day! One of my goals is to reduce my cholesterol. Oats is one of the best foods to eat to help with that goal.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup water
1 tsp. agave or honey
1/4 cup skim, 1%, or 2% milk

Mix oats and water in microwaveable bowl. Cook on HIGH in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in agave or honey. Add a splash of milk. Enjoy! Makes 1 serving, 3 WW PointsPlus.

A note about agave: I'd heard a lot of hype about agave before finally giving it a try. Really, the only reason I purchased it was because I walked by it at Sam's Club, and it seemed to be a reasonable price. I bought Better Body Foods Organic Agave with fiber and calcium, and the package says:

  • it is a low glycemic sweetener
  • it saves calories versus sugar and honey
  • it is great for cooking and baking
  • it is raw & vegan.

I compared calories per tablespoon:

  • agave = 32
  • honey = 60
  • granulated sugar = 48 calories

In my opinion, the important thing is whether or not it tastes good. I'm happy to say that I like it! But I also like honey, and I have a lot of that in our food storage. I'll continue to use both honey and agave.

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