Many people find oatmeal to be bland and unappetizing. That is too bad because oatmeal is a great source of fiber and phytochemicals that promote a healthy body and heart. It's not too late, though, to start enjoying oatmeal. I give to you 9 ways to make oatmeal interesting.
1 Add Brown or Raw Sugar
Admittedly, oatmeal has a bland and boring taste. To make it more palatable, you can try adding brown or raw sugar to cooked oatmeal. For healthier choices, you can also try using maple syrup or honey. Just remember not to go overboard with the sugar.
2 Pour Milk
Oatmeal with milk is very delicious. Using full cream milk adds a creamy texture and sweet taste to cooked oatmeal. You can also use skim or non-fat milk.
3 Sprinkle Cinnamon
Cinnamon will give your oatmeal a kick of flavor and a nice, inviting aroma. Some alternatives to cinnamon are pumpkin spice and nutmeg.
4 Add Fruits
Fresh or dried fruits add color, texture, and flavor to your oatmeal. Some fruits you can use are bananas, berries, and peaches.
5 Mix in Nuts
Crunchy nuts provide a delightful contrast to the soft and mushy texture of oatmeal. Nuts also add protein and a lot of antioxidants.
6 Add Peanut/almond Butter
Adding peanut or almond butter adds creaminess to your oatmeal. Peanut or almond butter will also give your oatmeal a rich, full flavor that you will surely enjoy.
7 Bake Cookies
I know this is not quite healthy but sometimes, you just want a change from the regular oatmeal recipe. Oatmeal cookies are great for snacks. They provide quick energy during those times when you run out of fuel.
8 Make Your Own Bars
Stop buying those pre-made oatmeal bars. You can make your own using oatmeal, dried fruits, and nuts. You can also add loads of chocolate for a decadent snack.
9 Bake Cupcakes
Oatmeal cupcakes are great for breakfast or for snacks. You are still getting fiber while indulging a little. I found a really healthy recipe for cupcakes that I will share in another post.
Gone are the days when oatmeal was a boring breakfast or snack. Get with the times and try out this cheap but healthy whole grain. Find the preparation that appeals to your taste buds and enjoy oatmeal in a whole new way.
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