Oatmeal is a great breakfast that can hold you over for hours. The issue is, much of the flavored oatmeal that you buy at the store is loaded with extra sugar and artificial ingredients. We encourage you to opt for the plain oats and mix in a few wholesome ingredients at home. Here are a few of our favorite ways to jazz up your oatmeal!
Apples and Cinnamon
For a delicious and nutritious variety to your morning oatmeal, slice up an apple and top it with some cinnamon. Cinnamon is a delicious secret ingredient for good health. Cinnamon is loaded with health benefits such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In combination with an apple, you’ll be adding a load of flavor with several vitamins and nutrients, all without many additional calories!
Strawberries and Cream
For a sweet and creamy start to the morning, add a few sliced strawberries and nonfat milk. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants which promote a healthy immune system, eye health, and has cancer-fighting properties. Pair it up with a splash nonfat milk or almond milk for a calcium boost. This delicious combo will help keep you full and happy through the morning!
Blueberries are not only delicious, but a healthy source of valuable nutrients and antioxidants. With 24% daily recommended vitamin C, blueberries help boost the immune system! And with 7g grams of fiber, your oatmeal will hold you over even longer than usual. Drop a few blueberries into the mix next time you are craving a mildly sweet oatmeal.
Chia seeds pack quite a nutritional punch! Nutrients included are a hearty load of fiber, omega-3s, protein, calcium, magnesium and many others! They are a great way to add nutrition without altering the taste much at all. Mix in an ounce and you will reap the benefits all day.
Bake Some Bars
Give yourself a nutritious on-the-go breakfast by baking a batch of delicious oatmeal bars. There are many healthy oatmeal bar recipes out there, but make sure you are trying one that uses healthy ingredients without adding sugar. Once they’re made, divide them into individual servings and wrap them in plastic or foil for an easy on-the-go breakfast!
If you typically whip up a protein shake in the morning, try mixing your protein powder into a bowl of oatmeal to give your taste buds some variety! You can add your protein powder in addition to any of the suggestions above as well!
Breakfast is not only one of the first decisions you’ll make in the morning, but it’s also one of the most important decisions you’ll make all day! How you start the morning will set the course for the rest of the day. Oatmeal, especially with one of the variations we mentioned above, is a great way to kick off your morning.
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