Oatmeal tends to have a bit of a bad reputation as a dull food. On the surface it may appear that way, just look at it, brown, flat, and lifeless. It’s no wonder people stray away from oatmeal as a breakfast food. Breakfast tends to offer very few choices as it is, ruling out oatmeal slims down these choices even further. Try a few of these ideas to add some flavor to your oatmeal.
Fruit especially berries is an obvious choice as an additive to oatmeal, but we are not going for the obvious here. One fruit you may never have thought about adding is pomegranate. Not only are pomegranates a great anti-inflammatory food but they taste great too. Pomegranate seeds will add a much needed crunch to oatmeal that tends to fall a bit flat on texture. Fresh pomegranate is a bit hard to work with. Typically the best way to seed a pomegranate is to score it into wedges. Then place the whole pomegranate in a large bowl of water and peel back each wedge. This will expose the seeds allowing you to pull them loose from the skin. The beauty of the bowl of water is the seeds will drop to the bottom while the rind floats on the top. Be careful pomegranates will easily stain.
Keeping on with the fruit, apples are a great compliment to oatmeal but I would like to take a different approach than the usual oatmeal additive. Why not make small snacks. Think of cheese spread and crackers. Cut the apple in a way that you form ½ inch discs. Top these discs with the oatmeal make your oatmeal thick; some people tend to make oatmeal too soupy. Top with sugar and cinnamon add a mint sprig on top for decoration and you have yourself one delicious breakfast snack. You might even try toasting the whole snack in an oven or toaster oven. Eat this along with three links of sausage or two strips of bacon and you have yourself a nice serving of protein, carbohydrate, and fat each just like the nutritionist recommends.
If you want to add protein to your meal apple cider cooked bacon tastes great with oatmeal. Simply heat ¼ cup apple cider in skillet, and add bacon bits to taste, continue to heat. Once mixture is at your desired edible temperature mix it in with your oatmeal and voila you have a healthy protein enriched oatmeal breakfast.
Breakfast can become monotonous but as we all know it really is the most important meal of the day. Not only will it kick start your metabolism for the day but it will fuel your mind and body through those tough Monday mornings. With just a little imagination you can make one the more routine meals of the day into an interesting balanced nutritious breakfast.