Thought I would share my favorite winter breakfast food with you today. This warm and satisfying bowl of oatmeal helps me get through a morning workout and starts me off on the right foot towards reaching my calcium needs each day. Being a non-milk drinker, I have to work harder at meeting my calcium needs. Aside from yogurt, cheese and calcium fortified orange juice, my new favorite product is the Silk line of almond milks (they have everything from unsweetened plain to the sweetened vanilla). Calcium and Vitamin D are not only important for strong bones, but have also been shown to protect against high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain.
Making oatmeal (any variety from instant to stove top cooked) with milk instead of water is a good way to boost your calcium intake. If you are not using cow’s milk, be sure your milk alternative is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
Andrea’s hearty Oatmeal
½ cup Quaker quick 1-minute oats
1 cup Silk Pure vanilla flavored Almond milk (calcium fortified)
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp dried cranberries
Mix oatmeal and milk and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and top with almonds and cranberries. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: 1 Serving Calories 332.2 Total Fat 10.5 g Saturated Fat 0.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2 g Monounsaturated Fat 4.1 g Cholesterol 0.0 mg Sodium 150.5 mg Potassium 254.0 mg Total Carbohydrate 54.9 g Dietary Fiber 6.8 g Sugars 24.3 g Protein 8.0 g Vitamin D 25.0 % Vitamin E 62.4 % Calcium 45 % Iron 14.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Food groups included: Whole grain, dairy, nuts and fruit.
To boost your vitamin C and make this a complete meal, add a piece of citrus fruit or 6 oz juice. Rio Red grapefruits are in season and delicious!