when clothes and/or shoe shopping, brand name matters because that signifies quality. the same goes for grocery shopping. however, some items taste the same all across the board from generic to top shelf. oatmeal is one of those items. from Quaker to Great Value to the bulk bins at HEB and WF, an oat is an oat to me.
i eat oatmeal for breakfast often for reasons i'll explain below. here's how i make mine.
err' day oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 packet all natural stevia
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp real vanilla extract
as soon as the water and milk begin to boil, add in the oats and vanilla.
turn the heat down as low as it will go, put the top on your pot, and set your timer for 10 min.
since i have to blend everything for my son these days, i have grown to love eating my oatmeal this way and will prolly continue to do so! i put the stevia and cinnamon into the blender, then add the entire pot of slightly cooled oats.
i blend away until creamy, about 30 seconds.
here's where you can get creative. try adding peanut butter, nutella, canned pumpkin, maple syrup, nuts, fruit etc,. i have added prunes before (yeah, we stay regular in this house)- however, you should cook them in with the oats so that they can soften a little first. i've also skipped the stevia and added a banana for sweetness instead. or, you could just top it with some fresh fruit of your choice.
you forgot avocado was a fruit too, didn't you:) anyway, when sugar enters your bloodstream, your body stops burning fat, and diverts its attention to burning off the sugar. the more sugar you consume, the less fat you burn.
so, you should start your day with oatmeal because:
- low calorie (130-150)
- low fat (3g)
- protein (5g)
- heart healthy
- enhances your immune system
- keeps you feeling full longer; hearty
and it tastes really, really good.
i usually buy whatever fruit is on sale, but i normally do blueberries because i like the combo of tart and sweet. pick a good one!
what what do you put in or on your oats? do tell below!