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Back on an oatmeal kick.

Monday, May 5, 2014 by  
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Early in my transformation I ate hot oatmeal for breakfast on a regular basis. Back then I prepared my oats using a sugar-free syrup and skim milk, which I shook into a creamy froth (see my simple recipe here: Stone’s Oatmeal).

Over time I stopping eating hot oatmeal for breakfast, and shifted more towards an egg white/roasted red potato breakfast. Even after I switched my breakfast routine around I was still eating oats on a nearly daily basis, but usually raw and blended into a protein smoothy.

Somewhat recently I rediscovered the awesomeness of hot oatmeal for breakfast, and I am really loving it! My typical breakfast these days is 1 cup (before cooking) of Quaker oats, 1 large banana, 1 White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif bar and approximately 327 cups of black coffee (click to enlarge):

This morning's breakfast, and my usual fare of late. I always eat at my desk because productivity.

This morning’s breakfast, and my usual fare of late. I always eat at my desk because productivity.


I no longer prepare the oatmeal the way I used to back in the day. Lisa and I very rarely buy or consume milk (not for any particular reason, we just don’t), so I’m not doing the skim milk trick mentioned in my Stone’s Oatmeal “recipe” anymore.

Also, I am not using syrup these days. Regular syrup packs way too many empty calories for my needs, and I don’t care to use artificially sweetened syrups–especially on a daily basis. What I’ve been using to sweeten my oatmeal is NOW Foods Better Stevia Original Liquid Extract, and I really like it. The only ingredients are deionized water, organic Stevia extract and a miniscule amount of alcohol as a base.

So I prepare the oats according to label directions, add a little salt, stir in about 12 drops of liquid Stevia and then I sprinkle the cooked oats with cinnamon. It’s so darn good, and a perfect pre-ride fuel. I could literally eat three times the amount I’m currently consuming simply because I enjoy it so much.

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8 Responses to “Back on an oatmeal kick.”
  1. Breakfast is my largest meal of the day and oatmeal is my go-to, I love it!

    I toss in a banana and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, and then I drink protein on the side.

    Man, now I’m hungry. Time to go make breakfast!

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  2. Is that liquid Stevia better than the powdered ones like Stevia in the Raw and other brands? I love oatmeal and Ralston Whole Wheat hot cereal but can’t force it down with any artificial sweeteners like Splenda or Equal, but the Stevia I tried was gagworthy in hot drinks or foods. I like my hot cereal sweetened and cinnamon-sprinkled, but want to get away from brown sugar. I have considered agave nectar, but don’t know anyone who can give a review. It’s too freaking expensive to find out it sucks like Stevia in the Raw does.

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