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PB&J Oat meal Bliss: A Flavor Packed Twist on a Classic Breakfast



Oatmeal is the best, if made right oats are literally so tasty and a great healthy breakfast option! I don't know when overnight oats literally took over but lets be so honest you really aren't saving yourself time in the grand scheme of things.

If I’m going to be honest I think overnight oats are freaking gross. There I said it. For me personally the powdery chalky flavor that seems to persist no matter what you do. I will nie sure to share an update the day I find a recipe that I like but for the time being, it’s a no from me, dog. The texture is weird and something about the cold podwer-yness of it just makes me feel like I am setting myself up for a bad day. If you like them, fine. Keep doing your thing, but if you are like me and you just do not get the hype, let me remind you that regular oatmeal is awesome and it did not go away!

My biggest breakfast hack is keeping a giant container of instant oats (specifically instant oats) in the pantry and some cut up fruit in the fridge. In the morning I add a scoop of peanut butter, a scoop of jelly and some almond or coconut milk into a bowl with my instant oats and pop it into the microwave. Done and done, so quick. It literally takes the same amount of time it would have taken to convince myself I like the cold soul sucking overnight oats. So sorry if they are your thing but Im passionate here. Regular oatmeal can be put in a togo container too, sometimes you have to remind yourself that not everything in your life has to be "hacked" into something deemed super efficient.


I took the biggest hiatus from oatmeal as a breakfast option because I just could not figure out how to make it in a way that I liked, I am not a huge fan of the traditional butter and brown sugar recipe because I can never get it quite right at home! Then the other day I hit the jackpot with this PB&J oatmeal recipe and I have been having it for breakfast almost every morning since!


The Benefits of Eating Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a nutritious food that offers several health benefits, making it a great addition to a balanced diet. Here's why!


1. Heart Health: Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, particularly beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. This type of fiber works by binding with cholesterol in the digestive system and removing it from the body.

2. Blood Sugar Control: The soluble fiber in oatmeal also helps to slow down the absorption of glucose into the blood. This can help stabilize blood sugar levels, making oatmeal a good food choice for people with diabetes.

3. Weight Management: Oatmeal has a high fiber content that can help you feel full longer, reducing the temptation to snack between meals. This can be beneficial for weight control and obesity prevention.

4. Digestive Health: The fiber in oatmeal aids in regular bowel movements and helps maintain overall digestive health. It can be effective in preventing constipation and promoting a healthy gut.

5. Rich in Antioxidants: Oatmeal contains important antioxidants, including avenanthramides, which can help reduce blood pressure and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. These antioxidants also help combat the damage caused by free radicals.

6. Energy Boost: Oats are a good source of complex carbohydrates and protein, providing a steady source of energy throughout the day. This makes oatmeal an excellent breakfast choice.

7. Nutrient-Rich: Oatmeal is a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, which are essential for a range of bodily functions.

Incorporating oatmeal into your diet can be a delicious and effective way to enhance your health, particularly when topped with other nutrient-dense foods like fruits, nuts, and seeds.


PB&J Oatmeal Recipe

If you know me, you know I hate to measure. This is going to be a measure with your heart kind of recipe!

Well... actually let me not lie to you! I do measure my oats because when I try to eyeball it, I end up accidentally making enough oatmeal to feed a small village. For one person I think that about 1/2 a cup of instant oats is perfect! (I just leave my measuring cup in the oats container as a scoop so I am never tearing apart the kitchen looking for it when I am in a pinch to whip up something for breakfast.


Ingredients


1/2 cup Instant Oats

1 Tbs (heaping) Peanut butter

1 Tbs (modest) Strawberry Jelly

1 cup Coconut Milk

Handful of cut up Strawberries


Combine your oats, peanut butter, and coconut milk into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about a minute. Add more time if your oats are really watery and less if the milk seems to already be pretty soaked up.

Remove from microwave, stir in jelly and cut up strawberries. Serve while hot!


If you want to take things a step further and really make this so delicious I recommend making your stawberry jelly from scratch!!

I made my first batch of homemade strawberry jelly the other day and oh my goodness it is the most freaking delicious thing and could not be easier to make. I will share the 3 ingredient recipe I used HERE.





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