Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Power Breakfast: Pumpkin Oatmeal!

I feel SO good this morning! Yesterday I had some amazing meals, the weird intense hunger was gone, and I had a 30-minute walk outside in the gorgeous fall weather. I need to bring my camera sometime so I can share it with you.

I had a plateau of sorts (if you can call it that... we weight-losers like to call a couple days in a row at the same weight a "plateau" when really it isn't) for the last week. You may recall my rapid dropping of eight pounds in less than two weeks earlier this month; that's kinda common when you go from a diet of junk to eating healthy. On Oct 13, I was ecstatic to see 237 pounds! On the 14th I was still thrilled. The 15th brought me to 236 and I was almost dancing on the scale. But inexplicably the next day I was back up to 237. And the next day, and the next day. And the next and the next! I was doing everything right: staying under my calorie goal, exercising, eating pretty healthy stuff, but I kept seeing 237. I shrugged. Oh well! Today, after a week of scale stall, I got 236 on the scale. Yep, just hang in there, keep doing what your body needs, it'll work out eventually! Separate yourself from the number. Become an observer. I just kept plotting my weight on the chart and enjoying the wonderful feeling and energy that comes with a healthy lifestyle.

I wanted to share my recipe for a terrific, nutritious, filling and super-delicious breakfast. This is my breakfast in fall, winter, and spring at least half the time. It's one of my favorite healthy things to eat. If you like pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins, you will probably really love this!

Pumpkin Flax Oats

1/3 c dry oatmeal (I use Quaker Quick, 1-minute oats. If you use regular oats you'll have to cook them longer)
2/3 c water
1/2 c canned pumpkin (make sure this is JUST pumpkin, no sugar or anything added)
1 T flax (ground flaxseed. Adds a very nice consistency to the oatmeal. This is SO good for you, it really is worth investing in a bag of this and using it daily. I use Bob's Red Mill flaxseed meal).
2 tsp brown sugar
1 T walnuts, broken in small pieces, microwaved on a paper towel for 30 seconds to toast them
1 T slivered almonds, optional but yummy. I use the honey roasted kind that's sold as a salad topping.
cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla (real vanilla extract is so yummy and worth the price difference vs. the artificial stuff)
1 tsp. real maple syrup
3-4 T 2% milk

Okay. Get the water boiling in a small pot. Add a tiny dash of salt. Stir in the oats, cook for 30 seconds and turn down the heat. Stir in the flax. Then stir in the pumpkin. Stir until it's all piping hot. Stir in the brown sugar, a very generous shake of cinnamon and pie spice, about a half tsp of vanilla. Turn off the heat. Meanwhile make your green tea (because you want a really healthy, delicious beverage with your oats): bring water almost to a boil, pour a half cup over a Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon teabag, steep 3 minutes. Go back to your oats while it's steeping, and put them in a warm bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts and almonds over the top. Drizzle the real maple syrup over the oatmeal. Pour the milk around the edges. Now get that green tea, squeeze the bag to get all the good stuff out, and pour the hot tea into a tall glass of cold water. In the summer, I add ice, but in winter the temp is fine just as it is. Now go eat!

This very filling breakfast provides you with 339 calories, 11 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, and 1700 mg of Omega-3's. I'll be posting a picture of these oats later today and it will leave you drooling and running to the store for flax meal and canned pumpkin for your breakfast tomorrow!

Update: picture here (scroll down).

Have a super-healthy day!


Diana said...

I tried oatmeal for the first time yesterday (yeah, really!) and I fell in love with it ahah so I think I'm gonna try this soon :)
Keep up the good work!

Georgia Mist said...

You're doing great! This is one reason I only weigh-in once a week -- the stress of those daily ups and downs would drive me insane.

Andra said...

I have all the ingredients on hand except for pumpkin, darn! I'm just back from Whole Foods, too. I may have to pop into Publix in the morning because this recipe looks amazing.

Taking It One Day At A Time said...

Sounds yummy! I'm going to try this one out this weekend.


Autumnforest said...

Oh nummy! Keep the recipes coming and definitely get pictures of autumn--I miss it so much here in the Southwest. I'm definitely trying out that oatmeal for family weekend breakfast. Sounds like autumn in a bowl. I like your positive focus and appreciation for life and your body in motion. That's the sort of attitude that wins marathons!

Jill said...

Lyn, how do you store the pumpkin once you've opened the can? (I assume in tupperware in the fridge?) And how long does it stay good after the can's open?

Lyn said...


yes, usually a tupperware in the fridge. However it does not keep all that well... less than a week for sure. 5 days maybe? What I do if I am not going to use it all up:

I measure 1/2 c "globs" into a ziplock bag, make sure the globs are not touching and lay it in the freezer to freeze. Then when I want some for oats, I just open the bag and put a blob into my oats over low heat and chop/stir until it is thawed.

If I get a big can of pumpkin I will use part of it to make the Pumpkin Custard recipe (see the sidebar on my front page for a link). My kids LOVE that stuff.

PatriciaW said...

Lyn, that sounds really delicious. Kudos to you for renewing your purpose and channeling your weight-loss energies in this direction. I'm learning a lot.

Karyn said...

Oh you are so lucky you can eat oats. It doesn't matter whether I have a 1/2 cup or 1/4 cup or even less, even minus any toppings, oats make me GAIN weight like crazy!

I gained 10 lbs in one month and the only thing changed in my diet was that I was eating 1/4 cup oats with berries for breakfast. Once I made the connection and cut out the oats, the weight started to come off again.

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

I might actually have to try this, Lyn. I've been looking to mix up my breakfast plan but need something that's gonna stick to the ribs.

You're really doing great! Keep on pushing and I'm sure you'll see the results you're looking for...

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) said...

I love oatmeal and I just bought a can of pumpkin - I will definitely try this combination soon, sounds delicious with the almonds!

Betsy said...

That is the BEST! I always used to eat that when I actually had time in the morning to eat a "longer cooking" breakfast. I need to go back to that.

Drina said...

Yummy, yummy! This is totally going to be tomorrow's breakfast (perhaps with a small scoop of whey thrown in). How delicious.

Lyn, I have to say, you've been an inspiration for a long time, but these latest posts have really moved me. Even though I've lost about 145 pounds now I've been struggling with emotional eating as of late, mostly coping with stress and sadness. The binge monster came back once last week, but reading about your struggles and successes has helped me keep my head on straight. Thanks so much!

Sarah said...

Another pumpkin possibility is pumpkin pancakes. I have not tried them yet, but here is the recipe I want to try.

screwdestiny said...

Mmm, I love pumpkin oatmeal. The recipe I usually make is a little different from that, but still healthy and delicious! It's good to hear you're still doing so well.

skinnyhollie said...

Too funny, but I had this same breakfast this morning (minus the syrup and milk and almonds). I like to sprinkle a few butterscotch chips, some coconut, and walnuts on top of mine. I also do 2 tbs of flaxseed instead of 1. It was so yummy!

Rae at 24:01 A.M. said...

Pumpkin anything = my love!

I could eat pumpkin all the time, haha. Just wanted to say that.

Doug said...

Now I know what's for breakfast tomorrow morn

Thanks for the recipe

Jill said...

Thanks, Lyn!

Anonymous said...

Your oatmeal recipe sounds fabulous! I love this kind of thing in cold weather.

Thanks for sharing.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe! made this for breakfast this morning (i didnt have flax, so i left it out), and i forgot to add nuts, i prefer the fake syrup stuff which i had on hand, lite version thankfully (not a huge fan of maple), and non-fat milk. BUT IT WAS FANTASTIC and so easy. Will def be making it again! Maybe tomorrow?

THANK YOU for sharing! I love creative pumpkin ideas!