Ideas to help you transform this breakfast staple from bland to bomb.
Oatmeal is a breakfast powerhouse for several reasons. A half cup averages about 150 calories, with five of those calories coming from muscle-building protein, and roughly four from fiber. Fiber comes in two forms, soluble and insoluble. Both types can help you lose or maintain a healthy weight. Soluble fiber assists your body in stabilizing your blood glucose levels, which gives you balanced energy and helps you avoid the dreaded mid-day crash. Insoluble fiber allows foods to pass through your system faster, warding off constipation and improving overall intestinal health.
Oatmeal also provides minerals that are important to your diet like magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, thiamin and phosphorus. As an added bonus, it makes for an easy breakfast that keeps you satisfied until lunch.
Despite all of the good qualities and healthy benefits that oatmeal has, let’s face it, it can be pretty boring on its own. Want to learn how to spice up your oatmeal? Try these ideas, and you’ll fall in love with oats all over again. For each recipe, use the amount of oatmeal and other ingredients that fits your dietary needs and goals. You can make any of these with water, milk, or almond milk it’s all up to you — there are countless ways to spice up oatmeal!
Spices and Everything Nice: Oatmeal is the meal equivalent of a blank canvas, so let your imagination run wild with flavor options. If you like it sweet, add Stevia or Truvia, both great sugar substitutes. Add any other spices or powders you can imagine to spice up your oatmeal: apple and pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and cocoa powders, cinnamon or nutmeg, the possibilities are endless. Heat up your oatmeal first, and then sprinkle to your heart’s content.
Fruit Basket: Nature know exactly how to spice up oatmeal. Get even more bang for your breakfast buck by adding as many fruits as you want to your oatmeal. Berries of all kinds, bananas, raisins, apples, and even coconut flakes all make awesome additions. Choose one at a time, or go totally tropical with it. Either way, your stomach will thank you.
PB & J: Go after-school special on your breakfast with PB & J to spice up your oatmeal. Heat up your oats, then take a tablespoon (or two if you’re like me) of natural peanut butter and all-natural jelly and stir them in. Use crunchy or creamy, just like you make your favorite sandwich. Natural peanut butter contains monounsaturated fat, the good for you kind of fat, and is free of hydrogenated oils that contain trans-fats, the bad kind of fat. Fats help keep you full and feeling energized until your next meal so they make a great breakfast component.
Time Saver: Now you know how to spice up your oatmeal, but what if you don’t have that kind of time on your hands? So busy in the mornings that even oatmeal seems like a hassle? Overnight oats are here to the rescue. Use milk and any other ingredients you want. It’s just like regular oatmeal, but you mix it up and let it soak overnight. The results are a creamy, ready to eat meal that you can have in a bowl or cup if you’re in a super rush. Now you never have to skip breakfast to be on time.
We’ve shared our go-to ways to spice up oatmeal, what’s your favorite take on how to jazz up oatmeal?