The Crankee Yankee and I have discovered and fallen in love with the Breakfast Mug. What is it? Only the best and easiest to prepare breakfast EVER. Ever since we discovered “mug cakes” (literally, a cake in a mug; just check the net—there are loads of recipes out there, and they are easy-peasy to make), we have kept watch for more food to “mug.”
As the Crankee Yankee gets up far earlier than I do, his standard breakfast “go to” is a tablespoon of peanut butter and a cup of coffee. Not good, especially when he is outside in the cold working in the back yard.
We both love *oatmeal, which is a fabulous way to start your day; it is filling and delicious, and you can add all sorts of healthy items to it. I had heard of “refrigerator oatmeal” and read some of the recipes.
Here’s the one I use, and you can use your own imagination to make different versions of it:
- a shallow mug or small plastic container with a lid
- 1/4 cup of oatmeal (your choice)
- 1/4 cup of water or milk (we like almond or almond coconut)
- add a squirt of agave or maple syrup or brown sugar or honey for sweetness
- add your favorite fruits, nuts, jam, etc.; you don’t need a lot
- Put the lid on it, and stash it in the refrigerator overnight (or for a few hours)
- In the morning, remove the lid, put the container into the microwave and bake for about two minutes. Remove and add more milk if you like and enjoy!
Stir the ingredients, and now comes the fun part; adding fruit, nuts, peanut butter, etc. Here are a couple of combinations we’ve tried and loved:
The Peanut Butter Bomb
One tablespoon of peanut butter
Half a banana, sliced
Sprinkle of cinnamon
The Decadent Peanut Butter Bomb
One tablespoon of peanut butter
Two small squares of dark chocolate
A small handful of walnuts
The Dried Fruit Delight
2-3 dried apricots, chopped
2-3 dates, chopped
a sprinkle of flax seed
The Fresh Fruit Delight
5-6 fresh raspberries
5-6 fresh blackberries or blueberries
Sprinkle of chopped coconut
You can make up any combination you like. We have been enjoying these every morning and not only are they delicious, but they’re wonderful for you. Best of all, you can prepare them the night before. In the morning, just heat and eat and enjoy your coffee.
This is a great breakfast and easy as can be: in fact, you can be barely awake and still have a great breakfast. Just keep one eye open so you don’t spill your coffee.
*From “Everyday Foods” here are the reasons why oatmeal is so good for you:
- Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers form a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber in oats helps provide a “moving” experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health. What a delicious way to make your heart and colon smile.
- Oats make an easy, balanced breakfast. One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, four grams of fiber (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost protein further, my favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a swirl of almond butter nestled within. This powerful combo will keep you away from that mid-morning visit to the vending machine.
- Oats provide important minerals. Nutrient-rich oatmeal contains thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
- Oats are naturally gluten-free, but check with manufacturers to ensure that their products are not made using the same equipment as other potentially contaminating grains. (Always purchase gluten-free products from reputable companies and read food labels carefully.)
- Oats could help you control your weight by keeping you feeling fuller longer. Sadly, carbs are often shunned and feared by those looking to drop a few pounds, yet choosing whole grains could squash hunger and simultaneously provide that pleasant “ahhhh” feeling carb-lovers crave. But, as with any other food, be mindful of portion sizes.