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
- 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
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!
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