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I love oatmeal, I really do.
Of course, when I make it, its mostly a bowl of brown sugar with some oats drizzled on top.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on keeping my daily calorie intake within some kind of healthy range.
Oatmeal is healthy, right?
I’ll just add a splash of milk.
Maybe a smidgen of butter.
Plus a pinch of brown sugar…
700 calories later, I decided I needed a new plan for the most important meal of the day.
A word about calorie counting:
Calorie counting does not equate to adequate nutrition. I have actually found that some more wholesome choices are the same, sometimes more, calories than their processed food counterparts due to the fact that they contain other nutritious fats that our bodies need to maintain good health.
I see my calorie tracking as a short-term tool to allow my body to adjust to a new way of eating and healthier habits overall.
I came across this recipe for baked oatmeal bars while scrolling through my Pinterest boards during one of my morning social media binges.
I plugged the ingredients into a recipe nutrition calculator and divided the total calories by the number of bars I was going to make and found that they were about 366 calories per serving. WOO! Well within my parameters.
They were sweet without being too overwhelming for the AM hours.
In the interest of full disclosure here, you should know that I have actually eaten frosting straight from the can for breakfast once… or twice.
Please don’t let this cloud your better judgment of me.
Only 7 simple ingredients (the kind you are actually likely to have on hand) and, in less than an hour, you’re in breakfast bliss!
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Until next time, cheers!