Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Adrienne's Oatmeal- The Healthy Way
I used to hate the taste of oatmeal. I don't know what it was, maybe the texture and the fact that plain cooked oats are really bland tasting. I started eating packs of instant oatmeal and got a little addicted to those for a while. They were super easy to make at work, not to mention cheap. They also come in a million great tasting flavors. One day I looked at the sugar content on the side of the box. Do you know how much sugar is in one of those little packs!! I just about had a heart attack. Needless to say those little packs of Quaker are really not good for you. Especially if you are adding your own brown sugar on top.
Any nutritionist will tell you how healthy regular, plain oatmeal is for you (assuming you do not have an allergy) Oatmeal is really the perfect breakfast food. It's full of fiber, has antioxidants, lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol and much more! The problem for me was getting it to taste yummy enough that I would actually want to eat it.
Here is how I prepare my oatmeal that I now eat every single morning (and sometimes for snacks too- that is how much I love it! )
I use old fashioned or steel cut oats because they are minimally processed compared to the quick 1 minutes oats. If possible I buy organic. I usually add a half cup or 1 cup into a bowl and add the appropriate amount of water and a little almond milk
Next I add a half teaspoon of chia seeds. Chia seeds are soooo good for you. They contain more omega 3's than salmon, can lower your blood pressure and because they can hold up to 10 times their weight in water so they help keep you full!
Now its time to sweeten things up. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I like my oatmeal sweet so I add a packet of Stevia sweetener. Stevia is an all natural calorie free sweetener. I also shake on a little cinnamon or nutmeg for flavor.
Then I add the fruit of my choice. I buy bags of frozen fruit like berries or peaches and keep them in my freezer. This makes the oatmeal different from day to day so I don't really feel like I am eating the same thing all the time. It also gives you a much needed serving of fruit. I add the fruit in frozen and put the whole bowl in the microwave for 2-3 minutes
I either eat the oats as is or sometimes I add some extra toppings like a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds or a dollop or non fat plain greek yogurt for extra creaminess. The options are endless!
How do you like your oatmeal?