Oatmeal is a common breakfast food for many people, especially those trying to watch their calorie intake. Oats are low in calories and fat but high in fiber, which helps keep mid-morning hunger at bay. It can also help lower cholesterol.
However, oats by themselves are pretty bland, which makes oatmeal a less attractive choice to some people. But fear not! There are some really tasty and healthy ways to add some much-needed flavor to your oats.
1. Add fruit and nuts
Sliced bananas and strawberries are great in oatmeal, as are blueberries and cooked-in apple pieces. The water content in the fruit will keep you feeling full and the vitamins found in each fruit are great additions to your breakfast. Chopped nuts are also great additions to your morning oats. Walnuts, pecans, and almonds are especially good, and they’ll add a little protein to your breakfast. Just be careful to not exceed a serving size.
2. Stir in some cinnamon
A dash or two of cinnamon will spice things up. If you add a tiny bit of sugar or sugar substitute along with your cinnamon, your oatmeal will taste like a snickerdoodle (and without any of the calories of the actual cookie!).
3. Make it pumpkin-flavored
This option is perfect for chilly mornings. Simply add a pinch or two of pumpkin pie spice (you can find this in most grocery store spice aisles), and presto! Pumpkin oatmeal and will please your mouth just as much as your stomach.
4. Experiment with savory ingredients
While oatmeal is perhaps known more for its sweet side than for its savory one, there are some really delicious ways to eat oats that call for some savory ingredients. One tasty option is to add a soft-boiled egg, bacon, and cheese to your plain oatmeal.
5. Make it dessert-like
This recipe is delicious and you can make it the night before to avoid rushing in the morning. Aside from oats, it calls for milk, sugar substitute, cocoa powder, salt and Greek yogurt. Mix it all up, refrigerate it, and heat it up in the morning! And voila, brownie batter oatmeal. Health food never tasted so good.