When you are counting calories for weight loss, oatmeal can sometimes put you over your calorie limit. This delicious Salted Caramel, Low Calorie Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast that won’t put you over your calories or carbs for the day.
I’ve been counting calories and macros for a little over a year now in order to lose weight. (read my weight loss transformation here) Almost every morning, I balance my carbs, protein, and fat by eating 1 cup of egg whites, 1/3 cup oats, and some avocado.
How many calories and carbs in oats?
I am not afraid of carbs for maintaining, and even losing weight. In fact, carbs are vital to helping me reach my physique goals.
The problem with carbs as I see it, is they are the easiest macro nutrient to overeat. That’s why I always look for ways to limit carbs, otherwise, I can go over, every single day.
My carbs for breakfast come from the oatmeal, but I like to keep it to one ounce (100 grams) or 19 grams of carbs. This is why every single morning, I portion the oatmeal out into 1/3 cup, using a measuring cup. This gives me exactly 100 grams of oats for 100 calories and 19 grams of carbs.
It’s easy to get creative from there. Sometimes I’ll add berries to my oats, or banana. Depending on what I’m in the mood for.
Recently however, I’ve kept the oatmeal to 100 calories by adding non calorie, or zero calorie toppings. I was adding Walden Farms pancake syrup to my morning oatmeal to keep it low in calories, but high in flavor.
That was until I found WALDEN FARMS CARAMEL!! And you guys! I’m HOOKED!! For real. Can’t get enough. There is Walden Farms Caramel dip, as well as Walden Farms Syrup.
I found two local stores that carry it, and every time I shop and it’s in stock, I pick up more. To be honest. It’s sort of an expensive habit. The dip is almost $5 and I can eat it pretty quickly. (My store has the caramel dip by the ice cream toppings, or you can find it on Amazon for the zero calorie dip here, and the zero calorie caramel here.)
Then, I also found some 10 calorie whipped topping! Whipped topping makes this salted caramel low calorie oatmeal taste like DESSERT! I’m not being dramatic. Every morning for the past 7 days, I feel like I’m eating dessert. The whipped topping was made from almond milk, rather than dairy. And it was just as good, if not better!
So, to summarize. To keep the calories to 100 for your morning oatmeal, Use:
- 1/3 cup oats
- 2/3 cup water (I always double the water, to have greater volume with my oats!)
- ZERO Calorie Walden Farms Carmel dip or caramel syrup
- 10 calorie whipped topping (optional)- I realize this pushes your oatmeal over 100 calories. So, you don’t have to use it. BUT, you won’t regret it if you do!
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If you need more ideas for healthy meals, check out my 1500 calorie meal plan here!! It’s free to print a full week of my plan!