A heart-healthy bowl of fiber-packed oats!
Oatmeal – it’s like a warm hug early in the morning. During the school week, it can often be a time crunch to make a breakfast that is a) satisfying and delicious, b) healthy, and c) filling and energizing to last you until snack time or lunch. Breakfast bowls, of any kind – oatmeal bowls, yogurt bowls, smoothie bowls, chia seed pudding bowls – have been all the rage lately. And there is a clear reason for that. Breakfast bowls:
- are easy to make ahead of time or in a pinch.
- are easy to take on the go.
- allow you to be creative with the flavors.
In the winter time especially, there is something about having a warm bowl of oats that feels extra special to me. Whether I’m at my desk getting ready for the school day to begin or under a cozy blanket on my couch, just starting my Saturday morning, the world still feels sleepy and quiet. Allowing me just a few extra minutes to enjoy my breakfast and settle into the day. Just like a plain yogurt, oatmeal is a blank canvas for flavors and toppings. This is the perfect meal to embrace seasonal fruits and pack-in nutrient dense toppings. Examples include:
- Clementine slices
- Pomegranate seeds
- 100% Maple syrup
- Oranges and mandarin oranges
- 100% Honey
- 100% Honey
- Asian pears
- 100% Maple Syrup
- Cinnamon or Nutmeg
- Nut butter
- Cacoa nibs
- Shredded coconut
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, and/or flax)
It is important to remember that when choosing oatmeal, the most simple package is the best. My preference is Quaker’s old fashioned oats. The only ingredient: 100% natural whole grain rolled oats. There is no need for added sugars and preservatives, especially when you will be adding your own natural flavors with natural sweeteners. It is also very important to not load up on all the toppings. Simply choosing 2 – 3 toppings will add enough flavor, without overdoing it with added sugar or fat, no matter how healthy – too much of a good thing could become unhealthy. Benefits of oatmeal include:
- Whole grains. Eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Fiber. That means when you eat oats for breakfast, you’re going to feel full for a long time.
- Versatility. Oats can be blended into a smoothie, baked into granola bars, or ground up to make a “flour” and baked into muffins or pancake batter.
So get rockin’ and rollin’ with your oats! Share with the TLC community your favorite oatmeal combinations.
Below is my favorite combo for the winter.
- Prep Time: 5m
- Serves: 1 person
- Yield: 1 bowl oatmeal
- Category: Breakfast
- 1/2 c Quaker's old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 c water or milk
- 1 tbsp. 100% maple syrup
- 1/2 c mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 c mixed raw nuts and seeds
- Combine oats and water or milk and stir to combine. Microwave for 2 - 3 minutes. If you prefer not to use a microwave, heat milk or water over low-heat until simmering. Add oats and stir until liquid is absorbed and oats are fluffy.
- Once oatmeal is cooked to your liking, add in mix-ins and toppings.
- Enjoy while hot!