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A healthy breakfast is the best way to start your day.  But—let’s admit it—that same old everyday breakfast can just get boring! Take a breakfast basic like oatmeal, for example. If you think oats are bland, we have some ideas for you!

SAVORY BREAKFAST BOWL

Who says oatmeal has to be sweet? This twist turns oats into a delicious savory bowl packed with spinach and tomatoes. Or customize it with your favorite veggies. Finished with a sprinkle of cheese, it’s ready in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed baby spinach leaves, long stems removed & coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Cooking Instructions

In medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in oats.

Cook uncovered over medium heat, 1 minute for Quick Oats, 5 minutes for Old Fashioned Oats, stirring occasionally. Spoon into bowl. Stir in spinach and a little shredded cheese; top with chopped tomato and remaining cheese.

Optional: add black pepper to taste.

Why You “Oat” To Try It: A TOTALLY NEW TAKE ON BREAKFAST
For most people, this kind of savory whole grain breakfast bowl is something new. Give it a try. You’ll find a whole new world of flavors–and the veggies and oats combined provide more than 4 grams of filling fiber. Most of us should be aiming for 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day—a diet rich in grains, fruits, and vegetables will help you get there.

CARROT CAKE ENERGY BITES

A taste of carrot cake for breakfast? Yes, please! These no-bake treats may sound indulgent, but they are packed with nutrients and sweetened with dates and carrots instead of refined sugar. In just one hour, you’ll have enough to power you through an entire busy week.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • Water

Cooking Instructions

Stir together the first five ingredients (oats, carrots, cinnamon, dates, and almonds). Add water, one tablespoon at a time, as needed for shaping consistency. Form the dough into 24 heaping tablespoon-sized balls. Roll lightly in coconut flakes. Refrigerate at least an hour before eating. Store leftovers in refrigerator, covered. Makes 24 bites.

Why You “Oat” To Try It: ENERGY TO GO
A healthy breakfast of whole grains can give your day a strong start AND a strong finish.

The “good carbs” from these super convenient whole grain bites are absorbed slowly in the body.

This steady source of fuel comes on gradually and stays with you.