Although oatmeal has been around for what seems like forever, recent studies on its effects in lowering cholesterol, among other things, have brought to it a renewed popularity. With its something of a bland flavor comes a versatility that will allow for a good number of ways to spruce it up with other healthy ingredients. This makes not only a tasty breakfast, but also one that’s jam-packed with a variety of healthy benefits.
For someone looking to add a little pizzazz to oatmeal, yet to still keep it healthy, here is a brief list of ingredients that will bring it some variety.
Strawberries, bananas, peaches, blueberries, and basically any other fruit that tickles someone’s palate will add zest, and yes, more vitamins to a bowl of oatmeal. Although fresh fruit is still the healthiest, retaining its best flavor and vitamin content, canned fruit such as fruit cocktail will still do the job. Dried fruit such as figs, dates, and raisins will also pack some punch, being chock full of flavor, yet retaining a high level of nutrients.
Considered a healing food, best in its raw or unprocessed form, honey is a healthy way to sweeten a bowl of oatmeal. Experimenting with different types of honey will offer the taste buds a dietary delight. From clover honey to dark honey, each will bring some zing to breakfast. Raw honey can be found in many health food stores, and some grocers are now also carrying it.
Wheat germ is basically considered to be a super food, and will add a subtle, nutty flavor to oatmeal. Its high nutritional content adds a good number of vitamins, minerals, and other things beneficial to a diet… yet it still tastes good!
Commonly known for adding fiber to a diet, and for being filled with omega-3 fatty acids that are good for lowering cholesterol, this is another nutrition rich food that is considered as something of a super food, with many health-enhancing attributes. As with the above-mentioned wheat germ, this, too has something of a nutty flavor.
For the true nutty taste, pecans and almonds offer texture and a variety of healthy benefits, and are a no-fuss addition for those who’d like to chew their oatmeal. For the more adventurous type, even cashews or other nuts will do.
Good for digestion, among other things, a dollop of vanilla, fruit, chocolate, or a myriad of other flavorful choices in yogurt adds zip and a number of tasty, yet healthy, additions to spruce up that bowl of breakfast.
Oatmeal is easy, and still quick enough to be a practical breakfast, even on the busier days. Experimenting with healthy ingredients to add flavor and flair will keep it interesting enough to make it a staple breakfast food for many households.