Quick, Easy & Healthy Winter Breakfast

by Alli

It’s been said, repeatedly, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  We’ve all heard it, right?

According to Web MD:

Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance. 

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

  • A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
  • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
  • Lower cholesterol levels

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.

When I was growing up I never ate breakfast – ever.  I was nauseated at the thought of eating so early in the morning and would gag when I brushed my teeth.

My mom would awaken me and I’d stumble bleary-eyed to the table and drink my cup of black coffee with 2 sugars while she begged me to eat just a few bites of breakfast.  No thanks to the food part, but thanks, mom, for letting me drink coffee when I was a child.  Starbucks thanks you, too and  I’ve carried on the tradition.  I let the grands drink decaf sometimes (with lots more milk than coffee).

Once I grew up (not quite there, yet) I continued to shun breakfast until about 3-1/2 years ago.  I’ll tell you why I started eating breakfast in a later post.  It’s too long and detailed to mention here.

If I was naturally thin I would probably have cinnamon rolls, waffles, pancakes or cookies every morning for breakfast. Since I’m not (why did I have to get the fat genes?) and I have to work hard to stay healthy, I only indulge in waffles and pancakes occasionally.

My mainstay, the breakfast I eat just about every morning once the weather turns cool, is my quick, easy & healthy winter breakfast.

Quick, Easy & Healthy Winter Breakfast

Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Quick, Easy & Healthy Winter Breakfast


  • 1 serving of Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
  • Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (I use all natural)
  • 1 medium apple (I like honeycrisp)


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine oatmeal and 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk. Mix well. Microwave for one minute.
  2. Stir in peanut butter.
  3. Chop apple and add to oatmeal.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 300

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 Helpful Hint:  Sometimes I use a banana instead of an apple.  I’ve also added in dried cranberries and chopped pecans in place of the peanut butter.

Of course, you can substitute the instant oatmeal for regular oatmeal or steel-cut oats, but I like the convenience of instant.  It’s partially cooked and dried for fast preparation. Contrary to popular belief, instant oats have the same nutritional benefits of regular oats. The biggest problem with instant varieties? The added sugar!   Your typical flavored brand will set you back at least 3 to 4 teaspoons of added sweeteners. Some brands may also add sodium as a preservative, but there are brands out there without it.  Check the box and find the best fit for you!

I’m not an expert, but I think the addition of the peanut butter (protein) helps me stay full longer.  And we all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Quick & Easy Winter Breakfast

Do you eat breakfast?  If so, what’s your favorite breakfast food?



Rebekah January 13, 2015 - 8:39 am

I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast. I put apples and chopped pecans in mine. I’m going to try the pb.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 9:18 am

You go, girl! It’s my favorite breakfast. I’m about to have a bowl right now. 🙂

Kallee January 13, 2015 - 9:03 am

I love eating breakfast. My favorite breakfast is oatmeal with with blueberries and a little brown sugar.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 9:17 am

Blueberries are so good for us. I need to remember to eat more of them.

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) January 13, 2015 - 9:36 am

I love having oatmeal for breakfast but I’ve never added peanut butter – I don’t know why because that’s such good protein. I am trying this for sure!

Kita January 13, 2015 - 9:51 am

I am so bad that I sometimes only eat breakfast all day. I usually eat around 10 and I just snack the rest of the day. My kids love oatmeal me not so much so this will be a treat for them

Ivette @ All About Bham January 13, 2015 - 12:11 pm

YUM! I love mixing peanut butter and oatmeal! And the apple slices added in sound delicious!

Reginia Cordell January 13, 2015 - 1:39 pm

I absolutely can not function in the mornings without breakfast. I can typically eat a large meal in the mornings and eat smaller meals throughout the day. I was chatting with my mom about oatmeal just the other day. She said it’s freezing in AR so she has made it a few mornings.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 4:48 pm

I’m with your mom. It’s freezing in South Carolina (at least to me) and I have to start my day with a cup of hot coffee and my hot oatmeal. Your mom is a smart lady!

Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow January 13, 2015 - 3:12 pm

I’ve always eaten breakfast, but never understood how anyone could ever *skip* breakfast. That oatmeal looks really delicious. I’ve never thought of putting peanut butter or apples in mine, but I’m going to have to give it a try because, um, yes!

Alli January 13, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Looking back, I can’t believe I skipped breakfast for so many years. It’s now a must for me.

Kim Anderson January 13, 2015 - 3:29 pm

This is such a tasty idea! I’ve just started eating a breakfast that included oatmeal recently so I’m going to have to give this a try because I love love love apples and PB.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 4:45 pm

It’s my favorite winter time breakfast. For some reason I just can’t drink cold smoothies for breakfast when it’s cold outside. I must have a hot breakfast.

nadeen January 13, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Yummy! I love oatmeal but do have an issue with the instant ones being so sweet. I will try to find sugar free ones. It tastes so much better in cold weather! lol. I have never thought of adding peanut butter which I also love! Ill try it!

Alli January 13, 2015 - 4:44 pm

My favorite is actually the Walmart sugar free maple and brown sugar. I like it better than the name brands.

Erlene January 24, 2015 - 2:36 am

I have to admit that I’m terrible at eating the morning and have been scolded by everyone for not eating when I should. This is a great reminder for me to eat in the morning.


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