It always surprises me to hear people say “Oatmeal is boring!” when in fact, it is anything but. You can choose the type of oats to change the texture and flavour. You can change the way you cook it – did you know that you can even bake oatmeal? And you can change the toppings!
The vast variety of toppings and add-ins out there make for endless combinations. Nevertheless, when mornings are rushed, it sometimes seems like too much to start from scratch and cook up a batch of cereal. No wonder it’s tempting to buy the prepackaged instant oatmeal that is ready in seconds. The downside, to prepackaged, is that these packets are high in added sugar.
That’s why I love the idea of this recipe. You can decrease the added sugar by using a small amount of dried fruit, and increase the overall nutrient content with these simple tricks:
· Increase the calcium content by topping it with milk or yogurt; or cook it in milk rather than water. Cooking in milk will also give it a much creamier texture.
· Increase the healthy fat and fibre content by adding nuts and seeds.
The mix is ready in minutes and keeps on the shelf for up to three months. If you are adding seeds, store it in the refrigerator or freeze it. That way it will stay fresh for up to six months.
What is your favourite way to eat oatmeal?
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.