Winter has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the cold weather has vanished. If you’re anything like me, you’ll save those gloomy weekend mornings just for TV, lounging, and a big, hot bowl of oatmeal with apples and cinnamon and bananas and brown sugar and peanut butter and …
As a child, I didn’t look forward to oatmeal for breakfast. But in recent months, especially on those gray, rainy days we’ve had more often in LA lately, I’ve found myself reaching into the pantry for this wholesome and comforting breakfast staple.
By: Elizabeth Toy
Oatmeal is one of the simplest whole grains to eat, and it offers a plethora of health benefits.
lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
helps stabilize blood sugar
lowers your risk of colon cancer and cardiovascular disease
protects your cells from free-radicals with its many antioxidants
contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and keeps you regular
is light in calories at only 150 calories a cup!
provides long-lasting energy, great for endurance
can help with weight loss because it keeps you fuller, longer
Oatmeal is simply one of those breakfasts best made and eaten at home. There are also a variety of oats to choose from, depending on what you prefer. If you enjoy chewier textures, go for the steel-cut oats. If you’re strapped for time, quick oats take just a few minutes (not to mention they’re great for cookies!).
Oatmeal is versatile and goes very well with a variety of fruits, seeds, nuts, and milks. Even if you didn’t take to oatmeal well the first time you tried it, give it another chance with different mix-ins.
Check out this Instagram roundup of big, delicious, hearty (and heart-healthy) bowls of oats.
@VeganFitnessTV created this classic combination of a oatmeal cooked in soy milk, topped with walnuts, apples, cinnamon and date syrup.
@njiiccc decided to mix it up with figs, raspberry preserves, dried fruit, seeds and nuts.
Figs are another solid source of fiber and dried figs are available year-round. Check out these 6 unique fruits in season now.
@fitaliancook mixed the traditional textures of ripe bananas, fresh blueberries, and tart raspberries with tropical, bright passionfruit and chia seeds.
@just.onebite made this simple oatmeal with sweet vanilla bean, fresh blueberries, and a warm pear to bring out the cozy flavors of winter.
@sqoats built up this bowl with bananas, blackberries, blueberries, almond butter (a healthier alternative to peanut butter) and toasted coconut.
@EmmasFood‘s oats remind me of something wintery and Southern: Cinnamon plum overnight oats with generous drizzle of date nectar and chia seeds.
@beautyandthebakes made vanilla oats swirled with coconut yogurt, topped with wild blackberries, almonds and a fresh pear flower.
@aHealthyHappyBlog threw in some turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon on top of strawberries and raspberries, to help get over her sore throat.
Turmeric is a excellent anti-inflammatory; find out the other benefits of this bright yellow spice here.
Personally, my go-to is oatmeal with whole milk, brown sugar, and sliced bananas sprinkled with ground cinnamon on top. What’s your favorite way to have oats? Share with us in the comments
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