I used to hate oatmeal. I thought it was slimy and tasteless. 

Turns out it was just my mom's not so great cooking.

You may be asking rolled oats, or steel cut oats, or Scottish or Irish oats?

Here's the short answer: the one you like as long as it's not instant or even worse, packaged instant oatmeal. Yuck.

The longer answer: if you want warm cooked oatmeal, steel coat oats are better. They digest less quickly and convert better in your system. But they take time to cook.

However, there's a solution to the time crunch.

Cook a pot on Sunday and refrigerate. Then take out a cup of cooked oats and warm it up with some almond or coconut milk, or water. 

They reheat well.

If you prefer rolled oats, try some Scottish or Irish oats as some are more flavorful than others.

Oatmeal offers 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein in a 1 cup serving.

Even better, it offers 77% of your RDA for iron, 20% of Vitamin A, and 35% of B-6. 

To make oatmeal even heartier, we add chia seeds, nuts, fruit, and flax seeds for an incredibly filling and nutritious meal.

 

Cooked Oatmeal

Simply follow the directions on the package to cook your oatmeal.

You can cook it over the stove or in the microwave for an even faster meal.

Now here are some ways to gussy it up.

Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1 tablespoon sliced almonds.

or

Add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and top with sliced bananas.

or

Top with 1/2 an apple diced, cinnamon, and 1/8 cup chopped walnuts.

Cold Oatmeal

This is soooooo easy you can't make an excuse not to have breakfast.

Mason jars are cool but unnecessary no matter how awesome they look on pinterest.

There are dozens of ways to do this and you really can't go wrong. 

These can be made the night before, days before, or a 1/2 hour before you're ready to eat and you can make an entire's week worth at a time.

Furthermore, children can prepare their own jars to help out.

Line up your jars, bowls, or cups.

Pour a 1/2 cup of rolled oats into your jar.

Add 1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds.

Depending on when you're going to eat them you can stop here and just store them covered in a cabinet.

The night before, add 1 Cup of the milk of your choice, 1/2 cup of mixed berries and place in the fridge overnight. Voila! 

Other options: Add a tsp of brown sugar, a tsp of cinnamon, and 1 cup of milk of your choice. In the morning add 1/8 cup of chopped nuts of your choice.

Want something snazzy? Instead of milk, try some chai tea to replace the milk.

 

 

Oatmeal Smoothie

You'll need a blender but nothing fancy here.

1/2 cup milk of your choice

2 Tablespoons natural unsweetened peanut butter

1 Banana

1/4 cup oats

Mix in a blender for 30 seconds then stir and then blend again until smooth.

Get out the door!

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