Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Healthfully-Simple Cinnamon & Raisin Oatmeal

When looking for a quick, easy and energy-dense breakfast, skip the bagel with cream cheese (or any other heavy breakfast loaded with calories, but lacking in nutrients), and try one of my go-to breakfast staples: my healthfully-simple cinnamon & raisin oatmeal.  It requires only 5 ingredients, and roughly 5 minutes of your time to prepare.

You start with your favorite brand of quick oats, raisins, brown or turbinado (raw) sugar, milk (any percentage will work, I actually use fat-free Lactaid), and ground cinnamon (click here to find out the many overlooked potential health benefits of cinnamon!)

Mix 1/2 cup of quick oats, a handful of raisins, 1 tablespoon of raw (or brown) sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 cup of milk (or Lactaid, as I have used here) into a microwavable safe bowl.  Stir it until all of the ingredients are mixed and there are no lumps.  Microwave the mixture on high for 1 minute.  Remove from the microwave and stir the mixture well.  Return to microwave for an 1 additional minute on high, or until you achieve the desired consistency (I enjoy my oatmeal a little thicker, but play around here and find your preference).  Time to ENJOY, and get prepared to CRUSH your day!

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