Weighing In :: Invaluable Resources + The World's Biggest Bowl of Oatmeal

The scale went down this week and it's a dag-blamed miracle. Between the weather changing and work and life stresses, I have not been a fine example of well-balanced eating. But be ye not discouraged, for every day is a new start, every meal a chance to make better choices.

So I'll keep trying.

In the meantime, I want to introduce you to a couple of super awesome and extremely popular sites. You very well may already know all about them, but guess what. Im'ma tell ya about 'em anyway.

So there.

Dotti's Weight Loss Zone: fantastic site that is absolutely a labor of love for one faithful Weight Watchers member. Click the link to restaurants and prepare to be amazed at the work this woman has done to make sure the points values of your favorite meals are at your fingertips.

What Are My Kids Eating?: this rockin' blog is a daily journal of one mama's determination to make sure she feeds the best to her kids without going broke in the process. She's also got a lot of great insight into how companies market to our kids (check out her Annoying Commercial posts). I love the ideas for healthy meals and snacks I can feed the whole fam.

Hungry Girl: another unofficial site, but for every recipe swap, new product introduction and delicious healthy snack idea, she includes nutritional values AND points values.

And speaking of Hungry Girl and her recipe swaps...

Check out this monstrosity of a bowl of oatmeal. I had to eat it out of a small mixing bowl because my largest breakfast bowl was far too small. Would you believe this things only contains 1/2 cup of dry oats, 1 apple, some water and some spices? And that it kept me filled up for hours upon hours?

Left to right: regular cereal bowl // iPhone // huge overflowing magnificent bowl of tap-dancing + life-giving oatmeal love

How'd I do it? With a little help from Hungry Girl's daily emails.

Take 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oatmeal and add TWICE the amount of liquid called for (I always use water, but you could use milk, a little bit of both, Almond Breeze, whatever), and then cook it for TWICE AS LONG as normal. Let it sit for a minute or two to thicken up and VOILA, the biggest, most satisfying bowl of oatmeal. Ever.

I chopped up an apple (skins stayed on) and tossed it in during cooking, and added a little Splenda (stop hating, I have not yet conquered the artificial sweetener demon) and a bunch of spices. You could also go with honey, nuts, raisins, peaches, blueberries.

The possibilities are endless.

And the bowl will always be DOUBLE the size of that puny recipe on the side of the canister and when prepared with water, doesn't add any more calories. That's one satisfying breakfast.

So what do you think? Are you an oatmeal lover or hater? What are some of your creative combinations?


* The fine print: My online membership is sponsored by Weight Watchers, but I can assure you that I would be on the program regardless. This little muffintop needs it. However, you should know they are wonderfully fine people who believe in my ability to impact and influence others through my journey, so they graciously provide my membership at no cost.

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