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Bright Green Oats

Bright Green Oats

Bright Green Oats – Clean & Delicious®

Don’t ask me why, but the idea of starting the day with a handful of greens mixed into my breakfast makes me really excited.  Not to mention looking down into this colorful bowl seems to be another “feel good” way to start the day, it just looks happy.

It’s like my breakfast bowl is smiling at me.  And I’ll take a smile any and every place I can get one:).

Now let me begin by saying that I can not take the credit for blending spinach into my morning oats.  This bright green bowl of oats was inspired by Polly over at Yoga is Yummy (UPDATE: no longer exists).

I used my standard recipe for some quick microwaved oats (which I demonstrate in my Oats 101 video) and then using a hand blender, mixed in the spinach.  And you know what, you can’t even taste the spinach… you seriously don’t even know it’s in there.

It’s basically the same concept as adding a few greens into a fruit smoothie, the color changes a bit, but as long as you don’t get too carried away with the amount of greens you use, you’ll  never know they’re there.  You could really use this little technique with any bowl of hot breakfast cereal.

Do you guys have any good tips or tricks when it comes to getting some greens into your morning meals?  I would love to have a few more ideas in my back pocket.

Bright Green Oats

Yield: Serves 1

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup

Directions:

Place oats, water, egg whites, and salt in a big microwave-safe bowl and pop in the microwave for one minute.  Give it a good stir and pop it back in the microwave for another minute or so OR until your oats are fluffy and cooked through.

Toss the spinach into the oats and blend with a hand blender until all of the spinach is broken down and you have a brilliantly beautiful, bowl of green oats.

Stir in the maple syrup and top with your favorite fruit and (or) nuts.  Enjoy!

Serves 1.

Nutritional Analysis

Green Oats w/out any toppings; Calories: 157; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 86mg; Carbohydrate: 24.1g; Dietary Fiber: 2.8; Sugars: 7.1g; Protein: 10g

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14 Responses to “Bright Green Oats”

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    Katie — June 16, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    That’s a great idea! I made a smoothie with kale this morning, but I’ve never thought to put greens into oatmeal. I’ll definitely try this out.

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    Annie — June 16, 2009 @ 9:58 am

    I usually mix some spinach or broccoli or swiss chard left over from dinners into scrambled egg whites the next morning!

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    Dani — June 16, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    Katie – Me either, but I ‘m telling you… it’s good:)

    Annie – Yum! Love the idea of greens scrambled into eggs. Now if I could just practice some restrain and actually have leftovers;).

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    The Actors Diet — June 16, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    I love greens in my oats but I eat them savory. I don’t even bother blending mine (though yours do look gorgeous). I also add egg whites, spinach, and a sprinkle of parm cheese. This makes a great dinner for one!

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    tree — June 16, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

    freaking brilliant!

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    Karen — June 16, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    I LOVE IT!!! My husband often works nights and I have to make dinner for two picky girls (ages 3 and 4). I don’t want to spend a lot of time on a dinner that I’m going to have to sit and listen to them complain about, so I like things that are quick, yet still nutritional. I called it Leprechaun Oatmeal – they ate it up and asked for seconds! Thank you!!!!

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    Jaya — June 17, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    Dani – what a cool idea! I eat oats like crazy, and I can’t imagine how I overlooked this idea. See? One more reason to frequent your blog!
    I live on banana spinach smoothies. I have one almost every morning, and sometimes pre-workout too. Also, I often will just dump a few cups of raw spinach into whatever I am making just as it finishes cooking for some extra green.
    Hope that baby comes soon.. can’t wait!

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    kk — June 18, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

    Hi! This looks really good. I wanted to let you know I found it, because I was looking for some healthy vegan recipes. I clicked on this one, but it has egg whites in it, which are not vegan. Just wanted to let you know you should probably update your tags.

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    Danielle — June 22, 2009 @ 5:55 am

    I made the green oatmeal this morning and it was so good! I made it a little differently as I blended the spinach and water in the blender and then used that liquid to cook the oats. Had it with blueberries and banana. Yum!

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    Stephanie — March 8, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    I’ve been wanting a hand mixer, but I finally bought one after reading this post. I got my mixer and I’m trying the green oatmeal tomorrow!

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    Erica — November 3, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    I love Green Smoothies, but was nervous about the oats… Finally tried them this morning. I added some plain canned pumpkin and some spices (ginger, cinnamon, allspice) and some walnuts and ground flax. It was delicious!! And clean!! Oh! that would make sense, look where I got the recipe. :)

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    Jansays — January 22, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    Hi Dani – I just stumbled upon your website and have enjoyed all that I’ve seen. You had a link to Polly’s Recipe Page (Yoga is Yummy), but when I went to it – it wasn’t there. Has she moved somewhere else or discontinued her website?

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      Dani — January 24, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      Hi Jansays… ya know… I’m not sure!! I just went to check out Polly myself and could not access her site. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if she removed it or is simply having technical issues!! I hope the later is the case!

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    Jade — March 23, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    I just made this for breakfast this morning despite being a little leery, but I can confirm that this is delicious! The bright green is really energizing and the maple syrup makes it taste so good! The spinach flavor isn’t even there! I love this recipe and will definitely be making it a lot this spring :)

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