Oatmeal: the wonder breakfast which somehow got a bad reputation; one of being too bland and too mushy. Well, when choosing pre-packaged instant oatmeal, mushy is just what you will get! Making a simple and scrumptious bowl of oatmeal in the morning does not have to be complicated, and its impressive nutrient profile will leave your body thanking you all day long. This post is my passionate attempt to improve oatmeal’s current reputation and to get a bowl of oats in more bellies every morning.
|Top: cinnamon Left: wheat germ Right: ground flax|
Full of fiber, healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, a bowl of oats is a great way to start off the day. Its near perfect ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins keeps your appetite in check, giving you a steady flow of happy energy needed to get through the morning.
- blueberries, walnuts
- kiwi, peaches and almond butter
- strawberries, bananas, sunflower seeds
- mixed berries, almonds
- canned pumpkin, pecans and pumpkin seeds
The possibilities are endless! Keep a look out on the Oatmeal Bar for new and tasty oatmeal ideas. Here’s a taste of one…
Willy Wonka Oats
Serves 1 happy belly
1/4 cup steel cut oats
3/4 cup soy milk
hearty dash of cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
2 Tbsp chopped, fresh, young coconut (or shredded)
generous sprinkle pumpkin seeds
1-2 Tbsp shaved dark chocolate (optional – but it does go well with the willy wonka theme)
Combine all of the “basic oats” ingredients in a pot over medium high heat. When slightly bubbly, turn heat to medium and allow liquid to be absorbed until oatmeal is creamy, about 7-12 minutes. Pour into a bowl and throw on toppings. Enjoy.
*Steel cut oats take a tiny bit longer to cook, but are more hearty in texture and nuttier in flavor compared to rolled oats. They also have slightly more protein, fiber and iron.