If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been on quite the oat kick lately – and I think I’m loving it

As many of you know, I gained a whole lot of weight during my freshman year of college. I remember waking up every morning and craving a bowl of oatmeal topped with Jif’s crunchy PB. Of course not knowing that I was consuming over 200 calories worth of peanut butter and sugar every morning – I blamed the oats. I completely cut out any source of carbohydrate in the morning including really beneficial whole grains and just stuck with the peanut butter. Yikes

It wasn’t until recently that I started adding in a carb to my morning meal. I usually stuck to a banana and protein shake before and after a workout. Well after months of feeling horrible in the gym and seeing absolutely no progress, I knew I had to trust myself and eat some dang carbs.

Fast forward a few months of eating either a whole grain english muffin, slice of toast, or an oat bowl and I have maintained my current bodyweight (which I’m happy with), gained a lot of strength in the gym, and seeing more muscle definition now than ever. Since adding some carbs regularly into my morning, I don’t have that bloated-foggy feeling that I used to get when eating the occasional bagel. I know that my body needed those calories and nutritious benefits in order to grow stronger.

After sharing some of my favorite breakfast sandwiches, I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite oat bowls and other breakfast obsessions. Oats are so fun in that you can dress them up however you please, I’ve even seen some savory recipes that might take some courage to try. I can’t help but love a classic bowl with banana and peanut butter, but I do promise to branch out and get creative with these recipes.

*Side note: Oat bowls are also great for on the go days! Like I’ve mentioned before, it would be soo wonderful to make a perfect breakfast every morning. But this is real life and we have classes to sit through and jobs to work at – so ain’t nobody got time for that! So I decided to make these right in my Pyrex and show you that these are perfect to take to class/work when you’re running late!

I like to start by getting all of my dry, base-ingredients together. For this simple recipe, we’re just going with steel cut oats, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Three things that I like in an oat bowl is lots of fiber, healthy fats, and protein – and this combo does just that.            { Add your water and cook in the microwave for 1 minute }

Top it off with a tablespoon or two of cacao nibs, all natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) and as many banana slices as you can fit. Either pop on a lid and take it with you or let cool and enjoy!

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