Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Oatmeal Obsession

Oatmeal--One of the easiest, cheapest and healthiest foods that you can make for breakfast. To be honest, my go-to breakfast food as of late is a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter. Like every. single. day.  I love it!

Oatmeal can be part of a low calorie breakfast that can keep you full until lunch.  Oatmeal contains both soluble and insoluble fiber-the soluble fiber is what can help lower cholesterol levels while the insoluble fiber expands and keeps you fuller for longer. It’s the best of both worlds.

Now I know oatmeal on its own may not be the most exciting thing to eat but the number of different toppings you can put on your breakfast makes the possibilities endless.
I decided to show off 3 very different oatmeal varieties but there are even more out there. Each oatmeal starts with 1/3 cup dry oats and 2/3 cup water. From there, toppings are the limit!

Apple Pie Oatmeal: this oatmeal reminds me of the beginning of fall. The cinnamon spice and apples are the perfect comforting foods when the temperature drops.

Cooked oats
1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp chopped apple
1 tsp honey drizzled over the top

This is a more dessert-y take on oatmeal but it can definitely be eaten for breakfast (if the choice was between a doughnut and this oatmeal, pick this)! It's sweet but it's a much healthier option and very satisfying!

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

Cooked oats
0.5 oz of your favorite dark chocolate (about one large square of chocolate)
1/2 of small banana, sliced 

Now this oatmeal takes a twist on the classically sweeter breakfast dish and turns it into a hearty and savory option for breakfast.  It eliminates the potential for added sugar in the morning and there is an egg for extra protein to keep you going in the morning! This is just one savory way of changing up your oats. Different varieties could include sauteed vegetables, meat or cheese!

Lindsay's Savory Oatmeal

Cooked oats
1 egg or egg white (cooked to your liking)
2 Tbsp low fat shredded cheese
Pinch of salt (I used truffle salt to make this dish extra special)

There are so many different and delicious ways to make oatmeal, why ever go back to that sugary packaged oatmeal again?! 

Whats YOUR favorite oatmeal to make?


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