I wake up ravenous. When I get a chance to sleep in, my stomach usually wakes me before my commitments do. I’m not one of those people that skips breakfast because she’s “just not hungry in the morning.”
I easily consume half of my daily calories before noon. This is both because I’m starving when I wake and because I usually complete a workout by 1 p.m. I need a good breakfast to stave off the desire for a quick sugar fix (scones, doughnuts, cake balls, Cadbury Crème Eggs) and also to provide adequate fuel for my workout.
I whip up a batch of this slow-cooker oatmeal once a week and eat it for breakfast for six days. It’s the ideal mix of fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. I pump up the protein even more with (soy) milk and protein powder. This is my power breakfast.
Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
4 cups water
1 ½ cups apple juice
1 cup steel-cut oats
½ cup pearl barley (regular, not quick-cooking)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chopped, fresh ginger
1 tsp salt
2 granny smith apples, coarsely chopped
Sweetener – brown sugar, maple syrup, blue agave syrup, etc
Milk, soy milk, or rice milk
Line the slow cooker with a disposable liner bag. (The cooked oatmeal is almost impossible to get off the crock).
Combine all ingredients, but toppings, in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on the low heat setting for six to seven hours. Top each serving with desired options.
Makes 6 servings. Approx 226 calories, 47 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, and 7 g protein, without toppings. (Actual totals are probably a little less, since at least half a serving sticks to the liner.)
Do you eat breakfast? If so, do you have your own “power breakfast?”
Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!