A deliciously rich and healthy breakfast option made with swirls of peanut butter, ground flaxseed, and sprinkled with cocoa nibs makes this meal perfect for mornings. Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare as well as packed with good-for-you ingredients.
Lately I’ve introduced “healthy indulging” into my life. Sounds like an oxymoron right? Stick with me as I explain… I’ve actually been steadily reaching my goals to lead an overall healthy lifestyle, somewhat mindlessly and with ease, as a result. What I mean by healthy indulgence is to strike a balance between an overall healthy lifestyle all the while allowing myself the joys I over-indulged in prior.A couple of weeks ago I had one of those realization type moments where it dawned on me I was getting nowhere fast with the goals I’d set to lead a healthy lifestyle. In this moment I decided, truly decided, it was time to change. When you make a decision there’s a point of finality and for me this meant owning up to the excuses I was telling myself about eventually reaching my goals. It was time to stop being nice and start being real (do you like what I did there??).
Balance can often seem impossible to achieve, but in reality if you define what balance is to you (focus on the “real” in reality here) and determine steps to reach your version of balance, then reach it you will! The phrase “healthy indulgence” alone sounds like a positive, and by simply adding these two words together I was able to change my outlook on something I deemed naughty before to something I saw as healthy. So how have I done this..?
Well, here’s one example. Just a few days after I’d made the decision to start getting real about my healthy lifestyle my parents were set to arrive in town. While they were on vacation I had to realize (read: being real with myself) I was not. Usually when family or friends come to town it means many meals eaten out and often a good number of these meals are decadent and followed by even more decadent treats.As per usual we did eat out a ton, but in being real with myself I came to terms with the fish dripped in a cream sauce with the side of caramelized brussels sprouts was truly not healthy. When it came to dessert I tasted two maybe three bites and put my fork down. Yes, I know this is very hard to do for many people, but I’d already made the decision (and this is key) to lead a healthy lifestyle. For me this means only taking a couple of bites. When dessert is served I already know where I stand – take two to three bites and be done.Other ways I’ve made healthy indulgences are by taking my already healthy meals and adding a tiny bit of indulgence to the ingredients. Some of these recipes include my Chocolate Chia Smoothie , which is filled with all kinds of healthy goodness and the Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Oatmeal you see here. When eating these meals I don’t feel a bit of guilt because I know they’re truly healthy.To recap, be real with yourself and make true decisions. These two mindset changes will help you to reach your goals almost mindlessly and with ease.
- medium-sized saucepan
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- 1 cup Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup Milk any kind or even non-dairy
- 1½ cup Water
- 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar optional
- 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
- 1 medium Banana
- 2 teaspoons Cocoa Nibs
- Place the milk and water in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a soft boil over medium-high heat.
- Stir in the oats and reduce the heat to a simmer, continuing to cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and cover with the lid. Let sit for 5 minutes before removing the lid and stirring again.
- Divide the cooked oats between bowls and top with brown sugar, peanut butter, ground flaxseed, sliced banana, and cocoa nibs. Stir to mix it all together.