Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bowl > In Microwave

Updated: May 26

If a day doesn’t start with a warm bowl of oatmeal, did it even start?

I have a love for oatmeal like nothing else. It’s my go-to breakfast, my base for energy balls, my main ingredient for breakfast cookies, and one of my top 5 travel foods.

There’s really no going wrong with oatmeal. Besides being healthy and filling, it’s also a nutritious base for delicious toppings like nuts, nut butter, fruit, seeds, and dried fruit. The combinations are endless.

This mixed berry oatmeal is the one I often have for breakfast. To make it easier and more affordable, I use frozen berries and a microwave! Never underestimate the power of a microwave to save precious time in the kitchen and help you stick to healthy eating!

Here you’ll find the perfect ratio of water to oats for creamy oatmeal.

This oatmeal recipe is packed with fiber, antioxidants, omega 3, and protein. It’s a fully balanced breakfast to start the day infused with energy that will last for hours! You’ll rarely get hungry before lunchtime.

Details:


Yield: 1 serving

Prep time: 5 min

Cooking time: 3 min

Total time: 8 min


Ingredients:


½ cup old fashioned oats

¾ cup frozen berry mix (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)

1 tsp ground flaxseed

2 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 cup of water


Directions:


1. In a bowl, add the old fashioned oats and water. Put it in the microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

2. In another bowl, thaw the frozen berries in the microwave for 2 minutes.

3. Add cinnamon to the cooked oatmeal and stir.

4. Add the berries and toppings, and that’s it! Your warm bowl of oatmeal is ready to be enjoyed.


Notes:


- This recipe is a simple alternative to overnight oats. It’s ready in a few minutes without any prep time the night before.

- Cooking oatmeal in a microwave saves time and results in a very similar texture than cooking it on the stove.

- Top it with granola for extra sweetness and crunch!


Approximate cost:


$2.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only.



Nutrition:


*Oats are packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. They’re rich in carbs and fiber and higher in protein and fat than other grains. Oats are also high in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and promotes healthy gut bacteria.


*Flax seeds are a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Plant-based ALA fatty acids are proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke. They also contain a group of nutrients called lignans, which have powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties.

Flaxseeds may help in preventing breast and prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer. With so much fiber packed in each tiny seed, adding flax seeds to your diet promotes regular bowel movements and can improve your digestive health.


*Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that may help protect against disease and reduce inflammation. They are rich in magnesium - Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, as well as heart and bone health. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of tryptophan, zinc, and magnesium — all of which help promote good sleep.


*Berries are high in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which may protect your cells from free radical damage. They also may improve blood sugar and insulin response when consumed with high-carb foods or included in smoothies. Berries may help reduce inflammation and decrease your risk of heart disease and other health problems. They also have been shown to lower cholesterol levels, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Berries also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which may help decrease wrinkling and other signs of skin aging related to sun exposure.

Did you try this healthy berry oatmeal recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite

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