I literally eat this oatmeal, or a variation of it, every weekday morning, hence the title “Every Day Oatmeal.”. I don’t ever get tired of it and, I have decided, it is because my body loves all the minerals and nutrients and energy that it gets from this simple yet delicious breakfast. The best part about it is that you can switch up the supplementary ingredients at will so that you always have something new, never get bored and can use what you have or what is in season!
- Here are the bare bones of my oatmeal (this goes in every serving):
- 1/2 cup Organic Rolled Oats (I always add just a little bit extra to make me feel like I’m getting a bit more. I trick myself like this every morning.)
- 1 tbsp Hemp Heart Seeds
- 1 tbsp Organic Ground Flax
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- about a cup of Organic Almond Milk
- Here are some of the extras that I add, depending on what I have, what I am craving, or what is in season:
- Almonds – slivered or sliced, raw
- Walnut or pecan pieces – raw
- Wild organic blueberries (frozen)
- Wild organic strawberries (frozen)
- Organic Currants (dried)
- Organic Raisins
- As with most of my recipes, these amounts are not exact. I started measuring but now I just pour. You can find the magic amount with a bit of trial and error yourself.
- The biggest immediate difference will be in texture – the ground flax makes the oatmeal a bit denser, and the hemp seeds add a bit of a snap or crunch.
- I use Almond Milk because it just tastes delicious in oatmeal, but you can replace with your choice of “milk” products. I’m going to write a post about your options soon!
- Everyone likes their oatmeal a bit different, so if you like it soupy, add more milk. If you like it thick, add a bit less.
- I mix all my ingredients in a microwave safe container (glass is best!) and eat it when I get to work.
- It sits and soaks for about an hour before I cook it for 3 minutes in the microwave, but this is by no means necessary!
The Nutrition Information is only for the BASE ingredients because there are so many other options that you can add to your oatmeal with delicious results, and I think that you should definitely play around and find your own favourites! Of course, if you have any allergies or intolerances, make the appropriate substitutions. That being said, there are also a few things that you should AVOID when you are eating oatmeal:
- Instant or quick oats: Rolled oats are as processed as you should let yourself go and steel cut are so much better if you get into the habit of make-ahead meals! I’ll go into a “processed oats” rant in another post.
- Sugar: When you add fruits and berries you do NOT need added sugar. I find that the almond milk really adds sweetness as well. Adding sugar to something that is naturally sweet will just ruin your taste buds, cause you to become or remain addicted to sugar, and give you a sugar high followed by an energy and mood crash that you just do not need in the morning. Please just don’t add sugar. I’m literally begging!
- Side Note: I know some people have a hate on for microwave foods and I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet done enough research to convince me one way or the other. Right now, I can’t get away from it and live my life properly because my only form of heating food up at my office is a microwave. I will eventually do the research and, when I do, you’ll be the first to know!
Feel welcome to leave your thoughts in the comments below though – and thoughts are always more effective when backed up by evidence!
I also make a slow-cooker oatmeal with steel cut oats, in which I generally love apples and peaches. I’ll make that a separate recipe though. For the quick variations I find that nuts, berries or and dried fruit works best.
How do you like your oatmeal? Leave me a comment below!
Nutritional Information taken from app developed by Edemam.