For the past week, I have been adamant about tracking the amount of calories I’ve eaten each day. I’ve been using my Ozeri food scale that I bought from Amazon to weigh everything I eat in order to get the most accurate calorie count possible.

However, while measuring my oatmeal this morning, I noticed that my scale’s reading (in grams) for 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal was off by 6 grams. It was telling me I had 6 more grams in my bowl than I really did and that made me frustrated. Assuming I thought my scale’s reading was accurate for all foods measured, I could be missing out on extra food I should be eating.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that if your body goes into starvation mode, it can actually hold onto fat stores because it’s not sure when it will be fed next. So I want to make sure I’m eating enough but not TOO much. Missing out on 6 grams of food per meal could result in starvation mode and I definitely don’t want that.

Here’s a short, briefly detailed video explaining the situation:

Who Cares About 6 Tiny Grams?

I care.

If you’ve read any article about calories, you’ll know that calories in vs calories out has a lot to do with overall body weight.

If you were to eat an excess of 100 calories per day (that you did’t burn off), you would gain about 10 pounds per year.

Now how do you feel about 6 extra grams?

What Program Am I Following?

I’m not following any diet program. Dieting isn’t something I’m interested in doing because it represents a short period of time; like there’s a finish line.

What I am doing per day is this:

  1. Tracking calories
  2. Trying to walk 10,000+ steps
  3. Drinking at least 8 cups of water
  4. Getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep
  5. Visualizing body weight goals

Doing everything above has kept me feeling great for 2 weeks. I plan on continuing everything above (minus counting calories as strictly) when I get down to my desired weight.

The Recipe You Want

Now that I’m done blabbing about stuff you might not care about, let’s get into the recipe I discovered today: Banana & Almond Milk Oatmeal.

oatmeal banana

Ingredients

  1. 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  2. 1/2 Cup Uncooked, Rolled Oats
  3. 1 Ripe Banana

Directions

Place oatmeal and almond milk in microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 2 minutes. Once done, mash banana into cooked oats. Eat.

Conclusion

This recipe is simple, healthy, and under 300 calories. Here’s the nutrition:

Food Cals Fat Chol Sodium Carbs Fiber Protein Sugars
Oatmeal 150 3 0 0 27 4 5 1
Almond Milk 32 2.4 0 144 1.6 0.8 0.8 0
Banana 90 0.3 0 1 23.1 2.7 1.1 12.3
Breakfast Totals 272 5.7 0 145 51.7 7.5 6.9 13.3

If you tried this recipe, let me know how it went in the comments section below. Thanks!

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