An ‘easy prep’ energy breakfast for teaching early morning classes.

My ‘Baby Boomer Breakfast Blaster’! *Advil optional.

It’s not just the students’ that need to have the brain and body fuel to get through those early classes, but us profs as well, since we are the one’s that are teaching that 8 a.m. class. We need to be focussed on the course objectives, not focussed on a growling stomach. Here’s an ‘easy prep’ oat ‘meal’ breakfast that I have found gives me constant energy for about 3-4 hours in the morning; easily long enough to get me through any early morning class. Basically, its an ‘Oatmeal Buffet’ that includes fruit, nuts, and other good stuff, all topped off with whipped cream. As for the ‘Advil’ (as seen in the picture), well, that’s optional, depending if you are like me and sometimes have a headache or minor, yet annoying aches and pains when you first wake up in the morning. You also have to be willing to take the risks of the side effects of taking ibuprofen (see link at the end of this post). I can understand and accept these annoyances if they are caused from exercising the day before, but when they just occur for absolutely no reason at all, or from sleeping ‘the wrong way’…I mean, c’mon! I guess that’s part of being a ‘Baby Boomer’? Is it just me, or has ‘Advil’ become the ‘Smarties’ for Baby Boomers? Now, as far the whipped cream on top that you also see in the picture, for me at least, the ‘Reddiwip’ is not optional, since it turns a plain tasting bowl of oatmeal into a ‘morning dessert’. So, if you’re allowed to eat everything that’s in this oat ‘meal’, try it out sometime. Bon Appetit.

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

A Quick summary of 1/2 cup of Quaker ‘One Minute Oats’ with skim milk:  Approximately 190 calories, 3 grams fat, 0 sodium, 27 grams carbs, 1 gram sugar, 5 grams protein.

Directions:

Add 1/2 cup Quaker ‘One Minute Oats’ (microwaveable- cooks in one minute) into a microwaveable bowl.

Add and stir in skim milk to consistency desired (I use about 3/4 cup)

Microwave on high for about 60 seconds (1200 watt). Stir up, add a bit more skim milk if needed.

Pour into regular bowl.

‘Trickle’ on some honey in a circular motion.

Sprinkle on some ground cinnamon (see link below about the honey/cinnamon combination benefits).

Sprinkle on a tbsp of ground flaxseed.

Sprinkle on a tbsp of ground almonds.

Drop in a few walnut pieces.

Sprinkle on a tsp. of coconut (sweetened – hey, live a little, you’ll burn it off, plus coconut has its benefits!).

Slice up half an apple and place around bowl (My preferences are ‘Ida Red’ or ‘Macintosh’, but put in whatever type you like).

Slice and dice up some pineapple and place around the middle (this is a good combo with the coconut).

Drop in plenty of blueberries (can be substituted with raspberries or strawberries to mix things up once in a while).

Now add ‘Le Piece de Resistance’ to make a bowl of oatmeal taste like a dessert: Squirt a small mountain of ‘Reddiwip’ (non-hydrogenated of course) whipped cream in the middle! Read the label and you’ll see there’s not much to worry about as far as the number of calories, fat and sugar content.

If needed, and at your discretion, gently place an ‘Advil liqui-gel’ in the middle of the whipped cream in a standing vertical position.  :  )

Now, devour this oat ‘meal’, with a side cup of coffee (with no sugar), and a small glass of orange juice, and you’re energized to go!

Here’s some additional reading about the benefits of all the above ingredients:

Oatmeal: http://www.livestrong.com/article/533469-health-benefits-of-oatmeal/

Ground Flax Seed: http://www.livestrong.com/article/30291-benefits-consuming-ground-flaxseed/

Walnuts: http://www.livestrong.com/article/345169-the-health-benefits-of-walnuts/

Almonds: http://www.livestrong.com/article/110362-health-benefits-almonds/

Honey: http://www.livestrong.com/article/375800-healing-benefits-of-honey/

Cinnamon: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22014-cinnamon-health-benefits/

Combining Honey and Cinnamon: http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-cinnamon.html

Coconut: http://www.livestrong.com/article/143962-raw-coconut-benefits/

Apple: http://www.livestrong.com/article/384801-how-can-an-apple-benefit-a-person/

Pineapple: http://www.livestrong.com/article/412290-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-pineapple/

Blueberries: http://www.livestrong.com/article/349671-health-benefits-of-blueberries-as-antioxidants/

Reddiwip whipped cream: http://www.reddiwip.com/real-cream-advantage.jsp

*Optional at your discretion (maybe not so beneficial as the above):

Soft Gel Ibuprofen: http://www.livestrong.com/article/147723-information-about-soft-gel-ibuprofen/?utm_source=undefined_R1

 

 

 

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