Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Breakfast Duel: Green Smoothie vs. Oatmeal

Ever since reading The Healthy Librarian's completely inspiring blog post about her 15 month transformation on the Esselstyn plant-based no-oil diet, I have been rethinking my breakfast.
It's not that there's anything wrong with a green smoothie, it's just that after eating the same thing for breakfast for about two years, I'm kinda sorta ready to mix things up a bit.

And Debby (The Healthy Librarian) reminded me that I have options. Specifically, this incredible and easy concoction of savory, cheezy, nutrient dense oatmeal. Make it once and have breakfast for 3-4 days. How nice is that?

Get the recipe for Cheezy oats here. This is so wonderful, and makes a great, speedy dinner too.

Oatmeal seems to keep me fuller longer than my green smoothie does. So I'm seriously considering going on an oatmeal tear. It's a lot more comforting too with the cold weather just around the corner.

Ellen Darby, the Healthy Eating Specialist at my local Whole Foods has this to say about oatmeal:

"[Here] is my 32-year-49-mornings-out-of-50 OATMEAL breakfast:

For the first 29 years, I used regular Quaker Oats and for the last three years have been using steel cut oats. Either is fine – I just don’t recommend using quick oats – especially the packaged, flavored quick oats. I will share my procedure for steel cut oats: (if you choose to try, adjust the water-to-oats ratio to taste)

 · I use 1-1/3 cups water. Boil water.
· Reduce to simmer . (very important step: twice I wound up with overflowing water/oats and a very tough pan to clean!)
· Add 1/3 cup steel cut oats
· Set timer for 20 minutes
· I use that time to take my shower, check my e-mail. You may choose to walk your dog.
· Remove steel cut oats from heat
· Add frozen fruit to pan (I usually rotate between blueberries and raspberries) Fresh fruit is absolutely fine!!! I choose our 365 brand frozen because I love berries, but they mold so quickly – this way I don’t have to worry about it)
· Add 1 heaping teaspoon natural peanut butter. Yes, almond butter is fine. This may sound strange at first but try it, you might love it. The nut butter gives you protein and good fat -- which leads to long lasting energy.
· Empty oats, berries and peanut butter into bowl.
· Spoon on two tsp. maple syrup.
· Put on six almonds. (I mention, ONCE AGAIN, that I am a food-a-holic. If I didn’t program myself to add SIX almonds, I would be putting on handsful!)

 32 years and I still look forward to breakfast every morning. (especially when it’s the raspberry-rotation!) The combination of the salty peanut butter with the sweet maple syrup and the crunch of the almonds is just so darn delicious. Yummmm, I get excited just thinking about it. And the extra benefit is that it keeps me full for hours. Great way to start the day."

I've tried Ellen's oatmeal variation and I can say that it is awesome. PB&J in a bowl!

What is your breakfast preference these days? Are you a green smoothie devotee or an oatmeal devotee? Or is there something big I'm missing out on?


Sara said...

I love oatmeal, it keeps me full all morning long. Lately I've been eating tofu scrambles in the morning with lots of veggies.

Em said...

Oh no. I don't think I could eat this. I put bunches of fruit and some nuts and some flaxseed in my oatmeal, but I couldn't handle spinach. Usually if I have oatmeal or toast with almond butter and fruit for breakfast, I'll make myself a green smoothie later. But a smoothie is the only way I can get kale/spinach in my belly for breakfast.

Anonymous said...

I have been transitioning to plant based and have been having oatmeal most every morning. It fills me up until lunch and have now been adding 1 TBL of salba seed to my oatmeal which instantly makes me feel so much better.

Megan C said...

I LOVE both! I mix between green smoothies and Dr. Fuhrman's oatmeal.

1/4 C oats
8 T Pomegranate juice
1 banana
chopped up almonds or walnuts
1 C of frozen blueberries
1 T of flaxseed meal

heat in the microwave for 3 minutes:)

Ruchi Koval said...

Wendy totally unrelated buy just wanted to share an idea. Last night we did pasta for dinner. I made a veggie casserole with spinach and lots of yummy stuff. My kids turned up their noses as I was prepping this and asked for pasta with cheese. Well, I served the veggie dish all pretty in the glass casserole, hot and fresh, and their pasta was plain and cold in a strainer in the sink. I said they could add their own cheese in the microwave if they wanted. 5 out of 6 chose the spinach dish and loved it!

The Healthy Librarian said...

Hi Wendy,

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic words about my post on my 15 months on the Esselstyn diet!

So nice of you!

Now, about that Cheezy Savory Oatmeal. Don't turn your noses up without first trying it!

I, too was totally hooked on my steel-cuts with dried fruit & a couple of walnuts.

Who eats savory oatmeal? It might help to read why I came up with a savory oatmeal with greens, shiitakes, & sun-dried tomatoes.

It's a nitric oxide morning booster shot!


All my work buddies thought it was the weirdest thing they'd heard of, until they tried it themselves.

Now they're all eating it--or at least adding mild spinach to their sweet oatmeal--now that sounds weird to me.

It's really good--and definitely works for lunch or dinner. Think of it as a savory risotto.

And it will keep you full for hours.

Thanks again, Wendy for all your support & enthusiasm!!

Heather said...

I have the best of both worlds.

Every morning I drink a Green Smoothie with Kale, Cucumber and a few Strawberries. Sometimes I add some RAW Protein Powder if I am running a lot. Before I leave for work, I make oatmeal and take it with me. Once I am there, I re-heat it, and my toppings and enjoy my favorite breakfast. Even when it is hot, I still lovce oats. I don't need to eat them piping hot, just a little warm, or even cold is fine by me.

All in all, if I have Kale and Oats in the morning, I am a Happy Heather!

Suzanne said...

I have to agree with Debby. For months I read her posts about savory oatmeal, but was afraid to break away from my blueberry/flax meal/almond milk combo. However, once I tried savory oatmeal, I was hooked. I do tend to eat it on more on the weekends when breakfast might be a little later and traditionally would have been savory (e.g. eggs). I also use it for a quick dinner. Try it at least once.

Michelle said...

I like oatmeal and I like spinach, but I don't think I could do them mixed. I love my green smoothies for breakfast though. I had toast with almond butter and jelly this morning, and now I'm having smoothie withdrawals... :o)

Gina said...

Oh, you savory oatmeal naysayers...for shame. Two words: Dee Lish!
I love savory oatmeal. I was in the mood for oatmeal one day, but not sweet, so I searched for savory oatmeal recipes to make sure I wasn't crazy before trying it. It's really, really good.
Actually, just now, I was craving some oatmeal with kale. You can cook it in veggie broth instead of water to add flavor, too! I'm going to try it with the nutritional yeast and mushrooms. That sounds too good!

Rosemary Evergreen said...

My favorite form of oats is the whole oat groats, which I cook on a timer in a small crockpot. They don't seem to take much more time than steel-cut oats.

I enjoy smoothies, but they're too cold for me first thing in the morning. One of my favorite savory breakfasts for cool weather is soup, like this one:


Elizabeth said...

I eat steel cut oats for breakfast most days. The best are Hamlyns Pinhead oats. Once you bring the oats to a boil you DO NOT NEED TO SIMMER them. Just turn off the stove, go take your shower, and when you come back they will be perfectly cooked, will not be stuck to the bottom of the pan, and will be the perfect temperature to eat.

Barbara said...

I always had a green smoothie breakfast but for the past several months I've switched to this oatmeal combo and I love it.

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 - 1 banana (depending on size)
2 T raisins or craisins
1 - 2 T chopped walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

I put all ingredients in a cereal size bowl, stir and then let sit for a few minutes to let oats absorb the juice and raisins soften. Eat and enjoy! (in case you're wondering, I don't cook the oats and just love them this way. I just can't eat cooked or hot oatmeal -- so this is just perfect!)

The Collage Experience said...

I adore green smoothies and find it's the best way for me to get raw greens in during the day. But I find lunch time works best for me. If I have the smoothie at night, I have so much energy, I have a hard time sleeping. If I have it in the morning, it doesn't hold me long enough.

So for me: oatmeal in the morning, smoothie for lunch. The best of both worlds!!!

valerie said...

I have been doing something similar with polenta- I just don't add as much liquid in so it's kind of loose.

Ann said...

Rips big bowl is a great breakfast. Keeps going for hours. Delicious too!

MSilver said...

I bought my vitamix in January, and have been faithfully drinking my green smoothies every day! Thanks for the great blog. I think that I'm going to try the oatmeal and switch it up!

Healthy Hailey said...

Smoothie or oatmeal? BOTH! Excercise gurus say to "change it up." Our bodies get complacent when we do the same thing repeatedly. We NEED variety. So how about oatmeal on top of the smoothie?

No, really,I pick my favorite seven recipes, one for each day of the week. This gives me variety without extensive menu planning. To see my ideas, go to http://kitchenofhealth.blogspot.com

L. said...

I would absolutely choose green smoothies. As someone with arthritis, the oatmeal is highly inflammatory. Green smoothies are not only anti-inflammatory, and therefore help ease my pain levels, they also satiate me better and more well than any type of food. And of course, it's hard not to "vary it up" with a green smoothie. Your fruits are different every day! I think it's one of the most wonderful things you can do for your body. It's detoxifying, it's plant energy, it's nutritious and it's easier to digest all of the nutrients in the greens than a salad. Absolutely I choose green smoothie over oatmeal any day! :)

Ohio_AT said...

I first made Debby's savory oats recipe in March - I was a little skeptical, but I'm so glad I tried it. It's delicious. This is nothing like the oats I make just about every day. I do love oatmeal with bananas, cinnamon, and almond milk, but I make this recipe often too. Today, in fact!

Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) said...

I love the idea of making savory oats! I have not heard of the Beck Diet Solution and I'm very interested in learning more. You are such an inspiration, Wendy!

Cheryl said...

I usually have green smoothies or my version of oatmeal. I used to like Muesli but the commercial brands had too much dried fruit which increased the calories. During the summer I buy Bob's Red Mill 5 Grain plus Flax and eat it raw with soy milk or even water. If you let it soak awhile the water gets a milky hue and saves lots of calories. I will add fresh fruit, seeds, and a few nuts depending on what I have on hand. Really good and filling. Especially good for a day when I have a long work out planned.

Jen said...

I'm catching up on old posts...My cholesterol counts did not come down very much despite 6 mos on the Furhman plan, beans & 40 grams of fiber a day. A few years ago, I brought my chol down 150 pts after trying Kowalsky's 8 Week Chol Cure, which included a lot of oat bran. So I recently started adding 1/4 cup of raw oat bran into green smoothies daily.

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