A warm bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start your chilly morning. Mornings are getting chillier and the thought of an AM smoothie sounds less and less appealing. If you still need a quick breakfast to grab and go, oats can be your new thing. They provide a great source of fiber, whole grains, and will give you a good boost to start your day.
Maybe you are already a member of the oatmeal breakfast club and already know all this. Have you tried changing up your toppings?
The options of oatmeal are endless. Fall is a great time to add in seasonal fruits, such as apples or pears, or switch over to frozen berries for a cheaper option.
Pumpkin spice oatmeal? Yes, please. Add a pumpkin spice blend or some ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and nutmeg to make your own pumpkin spice. Try this recipe from dietitian Kayla.
Any protein? Try adding a scoop of nut butter. Harmons brand almond butters are a Dietitians Choice and come in a handful of tasty flavors including chocolate or maple.
Short on time? Boil water in the kettle and pour directly over your oats. Even old-fashioned, whole rolled oats will cook quickly.
Gluten free? Buy GF-certified whole oats, such as Bob’s Red Mill.
Here are some delicious ideas for your next morning bowl:
Pumpkin Spice: Pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice blend, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup
PB & J: Peanut butter, your favorite jam, and hemp hearts
Nuts Over Berries: Pecans, frozen blueberries, yogurt
Throw an Egg on It: Avocado slices, cherry tomatoes, a fried egg, salt & pepper
Chocolate Goddess: Chocolate almond butter, apple chunks, and cinnamon
However you eat them, make them in a mason jar. This makes eating your oats fun and you can bring them with you to work, school, or wherever you are headed!