I've always been a believer in the policy "all good things in moderation". Now if you're thinking that I'm a girl who consistently walks the walk AND talks the talk, I'm afraid I need to give you a serious reality check…I'm a horrible walker. I do have great intentions, though. Occasionally, I even succeed. Like this morning. I set a goal to be lazy and stay in bed until 9:00 am. Yay me!
One of my 2012 intentions is to get healthier, but I'm truly tired of making promises that I can't keep, so I plan to be more realistic with my goals this year. I'm what some might call "damaged goods". I'll be 48 years old in just a couple of weeks, yet on most days, I feel 65. I have a physical illness and an emotional illness, both of which have taken their toll on my body. At the moment, I barely have the physical strength to climb the flight of stairs in my apartment, but I definitely have the motivation to add some version exercise into my daily routine. I just graduated with a culinary degree, so I definitely know the ins and outs of good nutrition. Putting that knowledge into action in my eating plan will be my next challenge.
I faced the platform of death bathroom scale this morning for the first time in a year. I walked in there with great intentions of being happy despite the results that flashed in front of my eyes. In the words of someone very intelligent who likely weighs in at 110 pounds and looks like a Barbie doll, "Intentions are like loads of dirty laundry…We all have 'em and some of them really stink!" The red LED on my scale flashed a number so high that I instantly bawled like a baby and threw cotton balls at myself in the mirror. It was one of those times that I bet my mirror was grateful there were no sharp or heavy objects within my reach.
So here I go. This is day one of living healthier. This year, I want to enrich my mind, feel a little better, and eat healthier. That being said, I've decided that I'll have a much higher rate of success if I don't completely deprive myself of some of the things I love to eat. I'll just eat them in moderation. If you'd like to join me, please feel free. I'll be posting a lot of recipes this year, both healthy and indulgent. Regardless of the recipe, I'm going to start incorporating nutritional information with most of my recipes. It's a very time consuming process, but I think it's worth having the information so that decisions can be made about whether or not to splurge and if so, in what quantity.
So without further ado, it's time for some breakfast!
I created this banana walnut oatmeal this morning, while trying to figure out how to simultaneously satisfy my hunger and craving for something sweet.
I've professed my love for Nutella many times on this blog. It's a creamy nut butter that's made with hazelnuts and cocoa powder. Pure love and pure genius on the part of the Ferrero Company. I can't think of a better treat to add to a bowl of healthy oatmeal. It added a creamy richness and a bit of sweetness that made me feel that I was truly indulging. What's better than that is the fact that it really didn't result in being overly caloric as I thought it might be. I was pleasantly surprised! Please try this and let me know what you think of it! Here's to yummi eating!
Banana Walnut Oatmeal with Nutella
- Serves: 2
- Serving size: 1 cup
- Calories: 463
- Fat: 14 grams
- Carbohydrates: 72 grams
- Sugar: 36 grams
- Sodium: 196 mg
- Fiber: 6 grams
- Protein: 15 grams
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or instant)
- 1 Tablespoon chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
- 1 medium banana (6-7 inches)
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) toasted walnuts**
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) firmly-packed light brown sugar
- In a medium saucepan, heat milk and salt over medium heat just until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in the oatmeal.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until most of the milk is absorbed. (If you use quick-coating oatmeal instead, it will take about 1 minute to cook.)
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella.
- Spoon the oatmeal into bowls and top with sliced bananas, walnuts and brown sugar.
9g fat (1g saturated)