Oatmeal is a breakfast staple for many. It’s warm, filling, and easy to make. This gluten-free whole grain is a great source of fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Regular consumption of oatmeal can potentially increase your gut health, lower blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease. While the benefits of oatmeal are wonderful, the food itself can be a little bland. There are many creative ways to turn your oatmeal into a tasty, power-packed meal! Here’s how to make your morning oatmeal even healthier and tastier.
Note: If you’re using instant oats, consider switching to rolled oats or steel cut oats. Instant or packaged oats are more processed and often are pre-packed with sugar (i.e., “maple syrup” or “brown sugar” flavors).
Add in a Protein and a Fat to Your Oatmeal
Oatmeal has some protein, but not enough to keep your stomach satisfied until lunch. An instant way to up the fat/protein content is to cook your oatmeal in whole milk instead of water. Then add in one of the following to further boost the fat/protein content:
- Nut butter (or nuts) – one to two tablespoons
- Chia seeds – one tablespoon per ½ cup of oatmeal
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese – and then top with some fresh berries or apple
- ½ cup of mashed chickpeas
- Whisk in an egg before microwaving or cooking on the stovetop and proceed with cooking as normal
- Add protein powder – try my Power Oatmeal recipe
Spice Up Your Oatmeal
Give your oatmeal some flavorful zest and get a nutrition boost by adding one or more of these spices. Use a sprinkle or up to ½ teaspoon.
- Cinnamon – compounds in cinnamon have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties
- Nutmeg – may offer anti-aging benefits by promoting increased collagen production
- Ginger – can contribute to a healthier gut, possibly alleviates nausea, may help alleviate muscle and joint aches and pains
- Allspice – similar in taste to nutmeg, it offers robust antioxidants and detoxifying benefits
- Pumpkin spice – a blend that usually contains cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
Top It Off
Add a topper to your oatmeal for some extra crunch, texture, and/or taste. Chopped fruit, coconut, nuts, and maybe even a couple chocolate chips.
Oatmeal is one of the most versatile breakfast foods that is an affordable and healthy option. Plus, it can be prepared in a variety of ways to satisfy yourself and each member of your family.
Leave a comment to let me know what your favorite way to eat oatmeal is!