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Champion Breakfasts: Ginger Pear Oatmeal

Posted Feb 04 2010 12:00am
I have been very pleased so far with the success of enjoying a 600-calorie breakfast each day : I feel fuller each day until at least noon, whereas I normally get hungry around 10:00 or 11:00. I find it easier to stick to my overall calorie budget for the day and - this is the best part - I have lost 1 pound since I started this experiment on Monday!

I'm still developing a repertoire of filling, healthy breakfasts that don't take a lot of time or energy. The "main" meal is the hardest part; it's easy enough to eat a piece of fruit or serving of yogurt to increase the calorie quotient, but the main dish is more difficult.

I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal, at least not plain oatmeal. Bor-ing. If I'm going to eat it, I have to dress it up somehow, so yesterday I "dressed it up" with some candied ginger and grated pear. Yum! Next time, I'll chop the candied ginger even smaller, because I liked the flavor it gave, but I wasn't crazy about the chunks of dried ginger I bit into. At least it woke me up! And certainly I could have chopped the pears instead of grating them but I'm not a huge fan of the texture of baked fruits. Blech. So if I'm baking or cooking with fruit, I grate it, just my personal preference.

This recipe makes 2 servings, and each serving is a little over 200 calories, perfect for either a low-calorie diet or the foundation of a more calorie-laden meal.

Ginger Pear Oatmeal
1 3/4 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 small pear, grated
1 TBSP finely chopped candied ginger
1/4 tsp ginger powder

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the oats, pear, and ginger and reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

This was delicious topped with a dab of butter and a drizzle of honey.

 

It's very QUICK, especially with the quick-cooking oats.  Perhaps not as quick as instant, but one can't have everything!
It's also very EASY. It would be even easier to quickly chop up the pear, but grating didn't take that much more effort. 
Oatmeal always makes a great CHEAP breakfast. Adding a little fruit doesn't cost much but adds a lot of flavor.
It's very HEALTHY, also. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, which is good for your heart and your cholesterol levels, among other things. Steel-cut oats or other less processed oats would be even better, but quick-cooking is what I happened to have on hand. Adding fruit and ginger increases the health value by adding nutrients and more fiber. To make a complete breakfast, though, you'll need to add at least a protein like yogurt, cheese, or a breakfast meat. I ate mine with a hard-boiled egg and a whole wheat English muffin to bring my calorie count closer to 600. 
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