I recently shared my weight loss story on my Instagram page. With eating healthy and exercising, I have been able to lose 25 pounds within the last year and a half. I honestly slacked off my healthy eating routine just before Thanksgiving because I wanted to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. I got back on track a few days after Christmas by purging my pantry of junk and stocking my refrigerator with fresh fruits and veggies.
I believe the reason it’s so easy to eat junk food and thus gain weight is because we surround ourselves with junk and processed foods. Being back on track means that I have eat better and healthier. I have started packing fresh cut vegetables with hummus to eat as a snack at work instead of with peanut butter or ranch dressing.
So let’s talk about the star of this today’s post, OATMEAL!
I am not exactly a fan of oatmeal, but it is healthy and I eat it at least 3 times a week for dinner when I eat too close to bedtime. I make my bowl of oatmeal in the microwave and then add honey, cinnamon and sliced bananas.
Let me give you a quick scoop about the benefits of this hearty 4-ingredient breakfast (or dinner in my case):
Oatmeal has been around for a long time as a health food. It is know to curb bad cholesterol and it is heart healthy. It could be cooked on the stove top, in a microwave or a slow cooker. It could be made tastier with cinnamon, ginger, spices, peanut butter (Yes, I have done this many times), berries, apple sauce, dried fruit, and whatever else you dream of.
Bananas make a great snack and is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. I eat it with oatmeal, use it with smoothies (in the summer), on jollof rice or rice and tomato stew, and also for banana bread. Bananas are the perfect on-the-go fruit or snack because they are already packaged (in a yellow suit so to say) and ready to eat. It does not require being cut up or washed. Just peel and eat!
Cinnamon is also a super healthy food ingredient.The unique smell, color, and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part of the tree that it grows from. The health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. It is one of the most beneficial spices on earth. (Read more)
Did you know that pure honey never goes bad? Yes! It does not expire?!!! Did you know you can put it on bread like jam? Did you know you can use honey in beauty products (face scrub, hair conditioner)? It helps resolve indigestion, soothes sore throats, is a good source of vitamin and minerals, has antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and contains antioxidants and the list goes on and on and on. (Read more)
I’m having a lot of fun learning about healthy foods and healthy living. It definitely feels good to live a healthy lifestyle and not just focus on being on a diet and putting a lot of pressure on myself. So do yourself a favor, don’t diet! Just live and eat more oatmeal!
Please share your love for oatmeal. Do you eat it plain? If not, how do you spice things up? I look forward to your comments.