Oatmeal

 

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the kind of food everybody knows how to cook. Or at least I thought so. In fact, my friends are always asking me to give them tips on how to cook the easiest foods. How do I prepare my oatmeal is a question that I get all the time.

It’s from very young…

oatmeal 1I used to love breakfast cereal when I was a kid. As I already mentioned in this post, I would go for almost a box at a time. Something else that I also used to be hooked in was Nestum. Chocolate Nestum, Honey Nestum, but specially Rice Nestum.

oatmeal 2What’s funny about this is that I don’t recall anyone ever telling me about oatmeal. No one ever came to me and told me “Just taste this oatmeal, so creamy and tasty! Just give it a try!”. No, as far as I knew back then, Chocapic and Nestum was for the youngsters and Farinha 33 or Farinha Amparo (portuguese brand cereal based porridges very popular back in the day) for the elders. My grandmother (or old grandma, like I used to call her) would even cook some sort of maizena porridge, something I never tried.

I think I never heard about oatmeal until I was 18 or 19, which is also when I started doing sports. Before that, I think, for me, oats were just cereals used in shower gels.

I don’t remember the first time I tried oatmeal, not even how did I cook it, but I remember I didn’t like it. It had a weird consistency, lack of taste and a sickening feel in the mouth.

It’s from very young that one twists the cucumber, as they say in Portugal. I already know that I have know ideia where does this quote comes from, but the point is that it would have been much easier for me if someone taught me how to enjoy oatmeal when I was still a kid.

Every single day

I also don’t remember when I started enjoying oatmeal, but I’m pretty sure it required some power of will. I remember making myself eat a lot of stuff that I didn’t really enjoy in favor of my wellness (both physically and mentally). Abandoning the guy on the left and becoming the guy on the right on only one year demanded a lot of self sacrifice. Specially for a lazy dude that never took part in any sport in his life.

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Nowadays I’m such a big fan of oatmeal. I use to say that oatmeal is the most constant meal in my diet. Very rarely I don’t have oatmeal for one of the meals. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, pre or post worout, oatmeal is one of those foods that makes me happy.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Oatmeal (gluten free if desired)
2 Cups of Water (ou vegetable milk)
1 Ripe Banana
1 TBSP of Blackstrap Molasses
5 or 6 Halves of Walnuts
2 or 3 Brazil Nuts
1 TBSP of Pumpkin Seeds
1 TBSP of Flaxseeds
1/2 TSP of Vanilla Powder
1/2 TSP of Cinnamon Powder
1/2 TSP of Turmeric
Pinch of Flor-de-sal

Instructions:

  • Mix the oatmeal with the water and a pinch of flor-de-sal;
  • Microwave it, on 700w, for about 5 minutes;
    • If you don’t like cooking food on the microwave, do it on the saucepan;
      • Boil the water and add in the oatmeal and flor-de-sal;
      • Cook it in low heat, always stiring, until it has the desired consistency;
      • Add in more water, if necessary;

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  • When is cooked, mash in the banana and mix it well;
  • Also mix in the vanilla powder and flaxseeds;

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  • Season it with the cinnamon and turmeric;
  • Top it with the walnuts, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and blackstrap molasses;
  • Enjoy it while still warm;

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Caloric Breakdown:

(The whole recipe is one service

Blue – 58% Carbs

Red – 32% Fat

Green – 10% Protein

Note:

I normally have this oatmeal as a post-workout meal. If the macros do not fit in your diet, if you feel that it may be too many calories for you, feel free to eat less 🙂

 

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