We all know breakfast is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, but did you also know that people who eat breakfast have a more balanced diet overall? The Breakfast Institute (yes, there is such a thing!) looked at data from population surveys and observational cohort studies and found that regular breakfast consumption is associated with higher mean intakes of many micronutrients and, therefore, with a greater likelihood of meeting recommended nutrient intakes. Three cheers for breakfast!
I make an effort to wake up early enough to prepare and enjoy a nice breakfastâ€”especially on Mondays. It puts me in a better mood for the rest of the day if my first meal isnâ€™t rushed.
Upside-down Pineapple Cake Oatmeal
This breakfast felt truly decadent, but was pretty healthy and very easy to make! The sweetness of the pineapple was complimented by the crunchy caramel coating of the sugar… delicious! My cup of coffee went perfectly with it! 🙂
Start with a basic banana oatmeal base, like Kathâ€™s.
In a second pan, melt a small pad of butter (or Smart Balance.. but you wonâ€™t use it all in your oatmeal,anyways) and a tablespoon of brown sugar until it caramelizes.
Add a slice of pineapple and crushed walnuts or pecans to the caramel mix.
Cook pineapple on Medium High for several minutes, flipping occasionally.
Scoop pineapple out of brown sugar mixture and shake off excess.
Place oatmeal in bowl and add pineapple on top. Enjoy!
Oatmeal variations are endless, aren’t they?
Today’s plans include getting loads of work done, a 45 minute cardio + 15 minute weight lifting session at the gym with Future Husband, and a lovely lunch and dinner (of course!). See you later!