The Blank Slate Of Breakfast

4 Feb

oatmeal

I think oatmeal sometimes gets a bad rap. People find it boring or think it’s not good for their diet because of carbs.

Of course neither of those things are true. Oatmeal is like a blank canvas just waiting for you to make something wonderful with it. Oh and it’s also great if you’re trying to shead a few pounds. Say hello to soluble fiber, that stuff that hangs out in your stomach longer and makes you feel full. If you feel full you’re probably not going to overeat.

That soluble fiber canĀ also reduce bad cholesterol, which is super heart healthy.

Not all oatmeal is created equally though. Stay away from those packets of instant oats, they’re over processed and often contain a ton of sugar. You don’t need the added sugar when you can add Mother Nature’s sugar.

I prefer the Old Fashioned (or rolled) oats. They don’t go through as much processing as the instant stuff and they are much heartier.

How I do it.

I like to cook my oats with almond milk, it gives them a great flavor and consistency without adding a whole lot of calories. From there I add the good stuff.

I always add Chia Seeds to my oatmeal, it gives my breakfast an extra boost of fiber and protein.

Usually my breakfast is as simple as oatmeal, with chia seeds and honey to sweeten it.

Other ideas and tested favorites are:

  • Cinnamon
  • Agave (use instead of honey, not with it)
  • Fresh fruit (bananas are delicious)
  • Maple Syrup (again, NOT when using honey or agave)
  • Brown sugar
  • Peanut butter powder
  • Cocoa powder

Really any combination of the above is delicious and cane made with little time and effort.

Be sure that you’re not adding too much of any of the sweet stuff or you’re not doing any better than those store-bought packets. I generally use about half to two thirds of what the bottle says is a serving.

Do you enjoy a nice bowl of oatmeal? What do you add to yours?

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