My recent amazing food discovery… I think I tweeted a picture of it a while back… is homemade oatmeal. But, I haven’t been working all week, so I’ve been playing around with more food creations and have perfected my oatmeal and thought I would share with a quick breakdown.
With homemade oatmeal, you’ll be getting your fill first thing in the morning, without the extra sugar, sodium, etc that you’ll find in the packaged stuff.
Unfortunately, I know a lot of people don’t take the time to have a quick breakfast which is the first mistake of your day. Don’t believe me?
“The consumption of an early morning snack increases the metabolic rate (how fast you burn calories) and kick starts your body into gear, telling it what to expect the rest of the day. If breakfast isn’t had, your body doesn’t process your next meal as quickly and tries to hold onto those nutrients. Since it didn’t get any morning fuel, it tries to hold onto the afternoon meal as long as possible — instead of burning it right away. ” — http://www.thekitchn.com/
First of all… oats are SO cheap.. I have bought quick cooking and regular, both work fine. Though, the quick cooking ones seem to have a better consistency.
I don’t have a specific amount of oats to use, but probably about a half cup, because it makes a lot more once you add the water — then toss in whatever you want… I include a bit of brown sugar, honey and cinnamon. In fact, I just read the other day that cinnamon actually helps the body use the nutrients more effectively. I’ve also been putting in golden raisins to get a little extra iron, and texture.
I always try to include fruit every breakfast, so I usually add some sliced banana or berries. I was also thinking tossing some apples in a pan on the stove really quickly — with some cinnamon to brown it up and add some sweetness — then tossing that in, would be really yummy if you have a little more time one morning.
As always, I will say it again, experimenting is key!
Final step, add your boiling water — if you have a tea pot, just have it heating on the stove while you’re putting all the ingredients together, if not you can just heat the water in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.
Lastly, because protein is also a key ingredient in having a fully rounded breakfast, you can add an egg on the side, a glass of milk, yogurt, etc.
So, good morning friends and I wish you all good eating!