Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Oatmeal reVAMPed.

You think you eat healthy, right? Sometimes you have oatmeal for breakfast, right?  And most likely it's that instant pack of oatmeal that you can make in the microwave or can add boiling water to.

You may have grown up with the instant oatmeal in a little pack or the homemade oatmeal loaded with butter brown sugar and milk. These are classics of course. But they are both not the healthiest way to eat oatmeal. Have you ever really looked at the ingredients in these packs?

Instant oatmeal is usually loaded with high fructose corn syrup, fake fruit flavors and many additional chemicals.

But you're grown up now. You can make your own oatmeal, using either quick oats or old fashioned oats. (I prefer the latter).

Here are a few variations to help VAMP up your oatmeal.

Variation #1
While the oatmeal is cooking, add in diced apples, cinnamon and raisins.

Variation #2
Try serving cooked oatmeal (make according to directions) with a topping of fresh blueberries and chopped crystallized ginger. If you like milk with it, try adding a little almond milk on top instead.

Variation #3
Okay. This one's for you, chocolate lovers!

Hot Oatmeal with Dates, Almonds and Cocoa
Makes 2-3 servings

1 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup oats
2 ts. cocoa powder
1 ts. honey
2-3 TB chopped dried dates
1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
Dash salt

1.    Heat milk and salt till simmering
2.     Reduce heat. Add in oats, cocoa powder, dates, almonds and honey.
3.    Simmer over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes.
4.     Serve with milk of your choice (I prefer almond milk), sliced fresh bananas, and a slight drizzle of honey or agave.

Here you have a healthy, foodgasmic breakfast!  And's it's vegan, if you want it to be.  If you are not avoiding lactose, you can use regular milk in the recipe. Either way, it'll start your day off great.  And isn't this tastier than a packet of instant oatmeal?

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