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NFL Inspired Oatmeal: Truly Breakfast of Champions

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I’ve always liked Shannon Sharpe. In addition to the great commercial he did for Charles Schwab, I’ll never forget a piece about him on ESPN several years ago. Among other things, he shared his general nutritional regime which included oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast every day.

Breakfast Inspired by a Champion

After a lot of experimentation, I’ve settled on my own “breakfast of champions.” I call it Kimi’s Super Powered Oatmeal. It’s 7 PointsPlus per serving, but packed with an amazing amount of nutrition including healthy fats, 6 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein.

It’s so hearty I eat it with a fork, and because the flax seed and egg whites “expand” in the bowl, I end up with about 2 cups of breakfast cereal. The volume is satisfying to both the eyes and the appetite. My oatmeal plus a bowl of fruit (usually cantaloupe or strawberries) carries me easily to lunchtime.

You can trim the Points Plus to 6 if you use ¼ cup oatmeal rather than 1/3 cup.


1/3 cup(s) uncooked oatmeal (Old fashioned kind, not instant)

2 Tbsp wheat germ

1 Tbsp flax seed(s)

3 item(s) egg white(s) (Powdered kind make this oatmeal very portable. Found in baking aisle)

1 tsp ground cinnamon (or to taste)

1 packet(s) SPLENDA® SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener

1 cup(s) water, Hot water, boiling point


Combine all ingredients well. If using powdered egg whites, be sure to break up any lumps. Refrigerate until ready to use (unrefrigerated flax seed can go rancid).

Add approximately ½ to 2/3 cup hot water and incorporate well. Continue to add water until oatmeal is a bit soupy.

Microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. If consistency is too thick, add more water. If consistency is too thin, microwave for another 15 to 30 seconds until desired consistency is achieved.

Nutrition Facts

1 Serving

  Calories 230.0   Vitamin C 1.0 %
  Total Fat 5.2 g   Vitamin E 20.0 %
  Saturated   Fat 0.6 g   Calcium 1.0 %
  Polyunsaturated   Fat 3.4 g   Folate 20.0 %
  Monounsaturated   Fat 1.2 g   Iron 14.6 %
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg   Magnesium 10.0 %
  Sodium 166.0 mg   Thiamin 15.0 %
  Potassium 168.5 mg   Zinc 10.0 %
  Total   Carbohydrate 26.8 g
  Dietary   Fiber 6.6 g
  Sugars 0.7 g
  Protein 20.8 g

Let me know what you think. Oatmeal is a great base for many variations, so if you supercharge this great grain further, c’mon back and share!

Wishing You a Most Awesomelicious Day!


Want to learn more about Shannon Sharpe’s post-NFL approach to fitness? See Wall Street Journal article here.

One Comment

  1. Love this post and can’t wait to try the oatmeal recipe. However using a former Baltimore Raven as your inspiration is a bit much for this die hard Pittsburgh fan.

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