You guys, I have a new love (sorry Marcus). It’s oatmeal! I don’t know about you, but I feel like oatmeal has gotten kind of a bad rap. It’s somehow become synonymous with all that is bland in this world. And truthfully, oats on their own are a bit bland (M likes them dry. He says they make him feel like a horse). I actually think that oatmeal is becoming trendy lately; Starbucks and Jamba Juice both have their own designer oatmeals. Oatmeal is not only delicious, but it’s super healthy: it is a great source of soluble fiber which has been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Yay for oatmeal!
Lately I’ve been packing oatmeal as a mid-morning snack for work. It may seem a little strange, but it’s super easy. I put my oats with all my add-ins into a (microwave-safe) plastic container and add the water and pop it in the microwave when it’s time. It’s a great meal, especially for standing outside in the chilly (read: 60 degrees) LA weather we’ve had lately. And half a cup of oatmeal with toppings is really filling!
But how do you make bland oatmeal delicious? I usually add dried fruit (like cranberries, cherries, apricots, or raising), nuts (like walnuts or almonds), flax seeds or meal (for omega 3s), and a little sweetness (cane sugar, agave, or honey). Here are some more ideas of delish oatmeal add-ins:
- fresh fruit (mashed banana, sliced peaches, berries)
- jelly or jam
- peanut butter (one of my favorites!)
- a few chocolate or peanut butter chips
- flavored almond or soy milk (like vanilla.. yum!)
One time I even poured the last few sips of my vanilla latte in.. Delicious!! I eat the Quaker Quick Oats variety, but I’ve heard some great things about the Steel Cut variety when slow-cooked on the stove. I’m not sure it can compare to the convenience of the instant kind, but I’ll give them a try!
Have I convinced you to give oats a chance? What’s your favorite oatmeal topping?