The most important meal of the day can easily become the most boring meal of the day, especially if you are keen on keeping it healthy. A routine starts to take place by making the same oatmeal and eating at the same time. Quickly, this can make the start of your day very bland. Here is five great tips to mix that oatmeal up, but still keep it healthy.
Add New Toppings
This one is the most obvious of fixes for bland oatmeal, but I should include it anyway. Adding new ingredients to anything will spice it up, but you can add virtually anything to oatmeal, an almost anything can go with it. This gives you lots of room for new combinations and flavors. My favorite is granola and any type of berry. This adds in good fiber and grains, but also makes it sweeter.
No, not the usual fruit bowl with fruit inside of the ceramic bowl. Here we use the fruit AS the bowl. Cut a melon or cantaloupe in half, clear out the seeds in the middle and cut around the edges to make the bowl however big/small that you want it, then fill the bowl with oatmeal. I usually top the oatmeal with the fruit from the center of the melon that I cleared out, then I add whatever other toppings I like. With cantaloupe I use granola and coconut, and with melons I do some honey and berries. This will definitely spice up your breakfast, and it is very healthy.
On-the-Go Fruit Oatmeal
This one is great, it is really healthy and it adds more precious time to your morning. All you do is add the oatmeal and whatever toppings you like to a mason jar and close it up. You an do this the night before and reheat it in the morning and bring it with in the car, or you can make it in the morning and put it by your work/school bag to eat it on your commute. Since it is on-the-go this will give you more time to sleep in, stand in the shower, or just let you take more time in the morning as a whole because you will not waste time eating breakfast.
Baking oatmeal is a great way to change it up. You can pack the oatmeal in a container and eat it on the go, or serve it at a family bunch. Here is how to make it.
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine oats, and any other toppings you want.
- In another bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Stir into oat mixture until blended. (optional)
- Spoon into a greased baking pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until set. Serve warm or cold.
If you want to top with fruit you can add that on top after you take it out of the oven. It is better to not bake the fruit with the oatmeal because they could lose flavor and good nutrients.
Egg White Oatmeal
This type of oatmeal tastes just like you whipped it together with heavy cream but really you just used egg whites. This keeps it very healthy. Warning: this is not vegan unlike all of the other recipes. Here is how you make it.
- Start cooking oats how the directions tell you on your stove.
- After the oats have absorbed most of the water, pour in egg whites and whatever spices you like. Whip vigorously with a fork until mixture is well blended.
- Raise the heat to medium and continue to cook for 4 more minutes, bringing the oats back to a simmer and stirring frequently.
- When all the water is absorbed and the egg whites have caused the oats to grow and size and appear creamy, cover the pot and remove from the heat. Let the oats sit covered for 5 minutes.
- Stir the oatmeal, add any toppings you like.
Reminder: The ratio of oats to egg whites is 3/4 cups oats : 4 egg whites. Then you can mix in other ingredients and toppings as you wish.
This is great for a Sunday meal when you have more time to make the breakfast. It tastes just like you used a heavy cream or half and half, but you really only used egg whites. I hope you enjoy it!
I hope this helped you spice up your routine breakfast! Please share your own tips in the comments below. As always, thank you for stopping by!