This is the ultimate slimming breakfast. Some might say that not having breakfast would be even more slimming, for those of you late to join the “how your metabolism works” wagon, this couldn’t be less accurate.
When fasted, your body naturally reduces your energy consumption, this is a survival technique that us humans have developed through evolution to make us as efficient as possible, if the fasting goes for too long, or if the caloric intake is too low for our needs, it also has the nasty habit of going into something called starvation mode which has a very serious way of messing with your weight loss, fat shredding or fitness goals.
A healthy breakfast kick starts your day filling you up with long lasting energy and giving your body permission to burn energy on a continuous manner.
A breakfast should be composed of good fats, slow carbs (low GI) high in fiber as a good dose of protein.
This beauty today is a take on a traditional Spanish rice pudding but swapping the rice with oat bran, a much healthier and lighter alternative for those on a weight loss journey and all I have done is to substitute ingredients with their healthy counterpart in order to preserve the flavour as much as possible. I promise you, this breakfast is so delicious that you would feel like you are cheating, and it only has 180 calories.
If these were not reasons enough, it is dead easy to make and takes 5 minutes to make portions for a few days because I can be made and kept in the fridge for all week!
Ingredients (serves 3)
90 gr oat bran thick cut
600 ml. Alpro light soya milk (or an alternative of your choice)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp sucralose sweetener (or your preferred non calorie sweetener)
1 Lemon rind
How to make it…
In a cooking pot, heat up the milk together with the cinnamon stick, the lemon rind and the ground cinnamon, on a kitchen scale, weigh the desired amount of oat bran, 30 gr is normally a good portion for ladies, so for 3 days, 90 gr.
When the milk is hot, add the oat bran, stir well and bring to a boil, beware of the boiling milk since it is very treacherous. Turn off the heat and keep stirring for a couple of minutes. Remove the lemon rind and the cinnamon stick and add sweeter to taste together with a dash of cold milk if the mixture is too dense. Taste and correct the amount of sweetener.
Sucralose loses the sweetening power when heated, that is why I prefer to add it a after boiling.
Distribute the mixture in individual containers and sprinkle with a bit of ground cinnamon for decoration and taste.
Cinnamon is also a fantastic spice for keeping your blood sugar levels under control so it helps control appetite and therefore maintain weight loss!
I strongly recommend you change your breakfast for this for a couple of weeks if you are trying to lose weight and let me know how you go!