Oatmeal is a great breakfast food that can also get quite boring if you eat it the same way each day. Are you sick of the same old brown sugar and milk topping to your oats? Here are five ways I prepare my oatmeal in the morning to keep it fresh and new.
Dried Cherry and Nut Topping
This nutty and tart addition to your breakfast will really spice up your oatmeal turning it from drab to fab. Cherries are low-calorie fruit that is packed with antioxidants to keep your immune system in tiptop shape. Nuts are an addition that you can really sink your teeth into and great source of protein.
Cardamom and Ghee
Cardamom is a delightful spice that is found in many Indian dishes. It is comparable to cinnamon but has a more exotic taste. Just the smell of it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. It is known for lowering cholesterol, improving blood circulation and aiding with gastrointestinal health. Ghee is also known as clarified butter and is unsalted cooked butter that is strained through cheesecloth to remove the milk so this is ideal for those that are lactose intolerant. It is rich in butyrate, which aids in digestion and decreases inflammation in the body. Ghee has a richer, nuttier taste and is a quite indulgent way to take your oatmeal in the morning.
Fresh Strawberries and Mint
This combination of strawberries and mint will energize you! Strawberries are a yummy fruit that is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, folic acid, fiber and potassium. They are known for decreasing the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Mint is a refreshing treat that contains menthol, which helps ease stomach pain, freshens breath, whitens teeth and is a relief for chest pains. Mint even helps produce digestive enzymes.
Shaved Coconut, Coconut Milk and Chopped Cashews
Coconut oatmeal is a sweet treat that will put a smile on your face! Coconut is known for its ability to regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, boost your immune system and serves as an antibacterial. It contains unsaturated fat, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron. Cashews are decadent nuts that are a great source of protein. They contain potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc and essential fatty acids. Cashews are high calories, so sprinkle just a few raw unsalted nuts over your oatmeal.
Steamed Almond Milk with Lemon Zest
Almond milk is a great alternative for vegans or those that are lactose intolerant. One cup of unsweetened almond milk only contains 40 calories and has 4 grams of protein. It contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which can help lower blood pressure and protects you from cardiovascular disease. Almond milk is high in fiber and vitamin B and helps with weight loss. Lemon zest is a refreshing addition to your oatmeal and can be made simply by running a zester or pairing knife across the outer skin of the lemon. Lemon zest contains vitamin C and calcium, which is good for your immune system and bones. They also contain pectin, which is known for helping with weight loss.
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Oatmeal is an easy breakfast that you can pack with flavor and nutrition. Don’t settle for packaged oatmeals that may be packed with over processed sugary oats. Instead, be brave and cook up your own tasty version. It will turn your boring breakfast into a tasty way to start your day!