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The Perfect Oatmeal

How to Build the Perfect Oatmeal

Imagine yourself waking up on a lazy Sunday morning- maybe it is snowing or raining outside and you just made a cup of coffee. You want to eat something nutritious, delicious and warm. You don’t want eggs. You want to just throw a lot of things in to a bowl and you want it to be good. Enter oatmeal. You can literally put almost anything in or on oatmeal and it will be good. BUT it is important to know the basics to build the best warm, nutritious and delicious bowl.

Perfect oatmealStep One: Pick your oats

Gluten free? Steel Cut? Zoats? Instant? Old Fashioned? This is all about preference, dietary needs and texture. Choose whatever works for you and then move on to step 2. For add ins, I like hemp hearts. flax seed, chia seeds, collagen peptides, apples or shaved zucchini. You could also add in frozen fruit like blueberries before you cook the oatmeal or add fresh berries on top (see step 3.)

Perfect Oatmeal

Step Two: Cook

Cook either on the stove or in the microwave depending on what you chose in Step One above.

Stove:

  1. Spray the inside of the pot with non stick spray.
  2. Fill with water and oats.  3/4-1 cup of water per each serving of oatmeal. Boil water.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and stir frequently until oats reach desired fluffiness.

Microwave:

  1. Fill microwave safe bowl with oats and water.
  2. Heat on High for 2 minutes. Stir and heat for another 1 minute.

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Step 3: Toppings

Do whatever you want here. Literally, whatever you think sounds good. I recommend:

  1. A nut butter- almond, peanut butter, sunflower. My favorites are Spread the Love, Wild Friends and Nutzo.
  2. Fruit- berries are a perfect topping but bananas and other less likely fruits work well too. I like persimmons , mango, coconut and figs. Dried fruit is another great topping option.
  3. Crunch- almonds, pecans, granola, hemp hearts.
  4. Other- yogurt, chopped up protein bar, cinnamon, brown sugar, jam, turmeric or other spices. 

I would love to know in the comments if there is anything else you like in your oats?

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