We have always heard that you need a balanced breakfast. In fact there are some cereal companies that advertise that they make for a "perfectly balanced breakfast". This is of course, 100% false. False in that cereal makes a balanced breakfast... it is TRUE that it is important to have a balanced breakfast, just a little different than how they describe it!
A truly "balanced" meal means an equal representation of the 3 macronutrients - protein, carbohydrate, and fat. This is why Matt and I like to use "The Zone Diet" block system to help us make sure we are balanced in our 3 macronutrients.
Matt and I by no means count calories, but it's important to know not just what you are eating, but how much to eat. In other words, quality AND quantity matter. As a quick side note, if you are new to the Paleo diet, don't worry about any of this, focus on just your QUALITY of food (whole foods, no processed foods, organic, etc.). AFTER you have dialed in the QUALITY, then you can focus on QUANTITY. And that's where "The Zone" comes in. It is basically a block system that breaks down calorically to 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, and 30% fat. I will be posting an in depth article soon on what the "The Zone" is and how to use it in my "Redefining Healthy" section, so keep an eye out for that!
The reason why I went into all that is because this recipe is great to use as your carbohydrate portion in the morning, and I'll even break it down for you if you want to know the blocks! If you don't, no worries, just skip to the recipe haha.
I built this recipe specifically for the amount of carbohydrate necessary for the average female. I usually try to have 3 block meals (3 blocks of protein, 3 blocks of carbs, 3 blocks of fat). 1/4 cup of this specific gluten free oatmeal is 2 blocks of carbohydrate (14 grams). I also add 1/2 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk, which is technically 1/2 block of carbohydrate and I usually have some other "extra" carb somewhere mixed into my breakfast (almond milk in my coffee, 1/2 of an apple, etc.), so it averages out to about 3 blocks. My 3 blocks of protein usually come from 2 eggs and salami/some kind of meat (have you tried my Eggitza recipe??). And my 3 blocks of fat come from the olive oil I put cook my eggs in, and a small spoonful of almond butter (delicious with the 1/2 apple).
So in other words (and in a more simplified way), this amount of oatmeal is the perfect addition to your breakfast to make sure you get your carbohydrate portion, but even better, it tastes AMAZING! For me it tastes like the dessert to my breakfast, so I LOVE this option!
Gluten Free Oatmeal
Prep Time: 30 seconds (yup)! Cook Time: 3 minutes Servings: 1
1/4c Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Oats
1/2c Reduced Sugar Vanilla Almond Milk
1. Measure out the Quick oats and almond milk into a microwave safe bowl. Stir to mix.
2. Place a microwave safe plate on top of the bowl and place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
3. Remove and stir. Put back in the microwave uncovered for 30 seconds. Watch it to make sure that it doesn't bubble over.
4. Remove from microwave, add any fruit (strawberries and bananas are amazing, but be careful because that's also added carbohydrate), and enjoy!
*Servings note: an easy way to increase the servings is to go by the rule that however much oats you put in, double it for the milk amount. This recipe makes 4 blocks of carbohydrate (perfect for my husband).
Please let me know if you have any questions!