Oats are making a come back! I am not predicting food trends or anything, but the colder weather means it is time to eat more oats for breakfast. In our house at least.
Plain oats are just dull. That is just my personal opinion, kind of like eating plain bread. But they are so easy to jazz up and turn such a simple ingredient in to so much more. Although I am a big fan of eggs for breakfast (Instagram followers know about my poached egg obsession), they just don’t always cut it on cold mornings, so I turn to trusty oats. I am working on a round-up of the best oats recipes on the internet, so watch this space!
If you want to be kept up to date on my new healthy and delicious recipes like this, then please subscribe to the blog mailing list (it takes 30 seconds) and you will get sent the new recipes straight to your inbox. Your email address won’t be passed on to anyone and you will never be spammed. Click here to sign up
This recipe is also showing some love to the humble pear. Apples get all of the attention this time of year and it made me feel sorry for the pear (yes, I feel sorry for fruit). They are just as delicious, just as versatile, so I have a few more pear recipes coming up so we can make the most of them this season. Not only are pears a slow releasing energy fruit, so they keep your blood sugar levels stable, but they are a good source of vitamin C and B6.
I added chia seeds to this recipe not just because they are delicious, but to add some extra protein that is usually missing from oats. Maple syrup is another flavour that I love at this time of year, so I added some extra sweetness by softening the pears in it.
I am working with Weight Watchers at the moment to share with you all the new Brain Training aspect of their program, which focuses on the reasons why we eat the way we do, rather than just what we are eating. For an emotional eater like me, this is fantastic. It is all about looking at the barriers of weight loss and providing simple solutions to help overcome them. I have been working on these barriers over the past couple of weeks and sharing the results with you all. I truly am a huge fan of Weight Watchers and it is what helped me to lose 7st.
In my previous post, I spoke about how the Brain Boost Quiz showed me that I am a naughty but nice eater and how my impulse to indulge is often stronger than my willpower and how I am a real foodie, that loves experimenting with new things (take a look and see what kind of eater you are too). One of the tips that Weight Watchers gave me was “Pop down to the fruit & veg section of your local supermarket & choose one fruit and one vegetable that you haven’t tried before. Most fruit and veg have a ProPoints value of zero, so you can experiment to your heart’s content!”
Whilst I have eaten pears before, I have never cooked with them, and I have never shared a pear recipe on my blog, so here you go. I am also making more of an effort to eat breakfast, and for it to be a filling breakfast, as the Weight Watchers quiz made me realise how easy it is for me to indulge and having a filling breakfast helps to combat this. I think by trying new fruits and vegetables, it helps to keep healthy eating interesting, which means you are much more likely to stay in track. With most fruit and veg being 0 Weight Watchers points, you can happily fill up on those, meaning you are less likely to over eat on higher point foods.
The Weight Watchers Brain Boost activity has really made me mindful of where I am indulging over the past couple of weeks and making sure that it is worth it and getting the most value from using my WW points. I am making the effort to fill up on 0 point foods like fruit and vegetable and still allowing myself to indulge, but really watching my portions as well as thinking about the reasons why I am indulging and finding healthier swaps where I can. Portions are definitely my main barrier, which is why I love Weight Watchers so much, as it’s a great way to keep that in check.
Next week as part of my Weight Watchers challenge I am going to be sharing an incredible snack recipe with you all, including my top tips on healthy snacking, so keep an eye out for that.
Oh look, it’s another vegan recipe too. I am not intentionally doing that, well not all the time anyway, but it’s a happy coincidence. You could always stir some Greek yoghurt in to this if you wanted to, but it isn’t lacking without it.
Ingredients – Serves 1:
30g porridge oats
200ml Almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Half a pear, sliced
1 tsp maple syrup
- In a pan, combine the oats, chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla and bring to the boil and then simmer for 4 minutes.
- In a separate pan, add the pear slices and maple and stir continuously on a low heat for 2 minutes until softened. Serve on top of oats.
Nutritional Information – Per Person:
Let’s stay in touch!
**This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers, however all opinions are my own**