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Oatmeal's Back


Oatmeal's Back

I am beyond thrilled to report that oatmeal is back on Big J’s breakfast menu! As I reported several weeks ago, she had given up oatmeal and was only eating Kashi cereals with unsweetened soy milk for breakfast. Although these cereals are much better than most others, they are still not great fuel for an active 5-year-old.

On Sunday morning, my husband was making Little J’s oatmeal for breakfast and Big J took a look and declared that it looked really good. She asked for her own bowl and my husband happily obliged. She ended up eating two whole bowls and then went off to her gymnastics class. She had a great workout and said she could really tell the difference in how much more energy she had in class. The following morning, she had oatmeal again for breakfast (just one bowl that day). When she came home from school she said “I’m so glad oatmeal is back on the menu, Mommy! I feel so much less hungry and have more energy.”

And there we have it. Big J learned on her own that what you eat affects how you feel without me preaching to, pressuring, or praising her. It took time, but I’m glad that she has chosen to eat foods that make her feel her best.

Here is the recipe I use to make her oatmeal:

Big J’s Oatmeal

Serves 1

3/4 cup Organic Valley Grassmilk whole milk, divided

1 packet Quaker organic regular instant oatmeal

2 tablespoons Newman’s Own organic raisins

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Heat 1/4 cup milk in a glass or ceramic cereal bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in oatmeal packet, raisins, and another 1/4 cup of milk. Heat for 30-60 more seconds, until milk is mostly absorbed by oatmeal. Remove from microwave and stir in cinnamon and remaining 1/4 cup of milk.

Be Healthy,

- Jessica