Oatmeal makes a long-lasting breakfast to carry you through the day. One reason: It’s a great source of whole grain fiber. Fiber helps to slow digestion and keep the energy steadily coming.
Some people find oatmeal to be a little dull. So we’ve come up with five ways to add deliciousness, nutrition and even more fiber to oatmeal. (See why fiber is our unsung nutrition hero.)
Try something new: Start by adding tasty things to your cooked oatmeal (see items 1-3 below). Or add other ingredients during cooking (see item 4). You don’t even have to cook oatmeal if you use it in a smoothie (see 5).
- Chopped apple, walnuts, a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Like apple pie but better for you.
- Flax seed, frozen blueberries and chopped almonds. Foods from almost everyone’s top ingredients list – and so yummy.
- Prunes and Greek yogurt. Prunes are delicious, really. Use the kind that are soft or from a jar, and add a dollop of yogurt instead of milk.
- Chocolate-banana. Who doesn’t love this combination? For one serving, use 1 cup of milk, ½ cup old fashioned oats, a half or a whole banana (mashed), 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar or honey and a pinch of salt. Heat milk in saucepan until it begins to simmer. Add oats, cocoa, sugar, banana and salt. Stir well. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes. Stir and serve.
- Peanut butter oatmeal smoothie (uncooked). This is high in both protein (14 gm) and fiber (5 gm). Get out your blender and add ½ cup of soy milk, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 whole banana, ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats and a tablespoon of flax seed. Blend well and serve. From Chef Savvy.
Prefer to skip the sweets? Some people serve oatmeal like grits – with butter, salt and pepper. Use your taste buds and imagination. Here’s a recipe with scallions and soy sauce!
Don’t use prepacked instant oatmeal. It’s full of sugar and additives. You can make quick-cooking oats in just two minutes. But why not try the oatmeal that takes a little longer? The longer oatmeal takes to cook, the longer it takes to digest. And that will keep your blood sugar levels even.
The first recipe below for old-fashioned rolled oats takes about seven minutes. The second, for steel-cut or Irish oats, takes up to 30 minutes, but many people find it extra delicious.
Remember: You can reheat the dish. Make a big batch one day and then warm a serving each morning over the next couple of days.
(Recipe) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (7 minutes)
3 ¼ cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add salt and oats. Stir, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 2 minutes. Stir and serve.
(Recipe) Steel-cut Oats (20-30 minutes)
3-4 cups water (3 cups for firmer texture, 4 for softer texture)
1 cup steel-cut oats
¼ teaspoon salt
Bring water to a boil. Add oats and salt. Stir; reduce heat to a very low simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve.
Per serving (1/4 cup dry)
Calories – 160 rolled, 140 steel cut
Protein – 5 g (both)
Carbohydrates – 27 g (both)
Fiber – 4 g (both)
Sugar – 1 g rolled, 0 g steel cut
Fat – 3 g (both)
Sodium – 150 mg (both)
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