I think I’m on a bit of a breakfast kick, wouldn’t you say? At least I’m past the days of bliss balls after bliss balls – haha! Breakfast is such an underrated meal of the day though, as for how delicious it can be! Its probably my favourite meal of the day as I find that when I make a healthy, filling breakfast I start my day on the right track to making better choices again and again! Eating breakfast helps keep your blood sugar balanced, gives you vital energy to tackle your day, as well as prevents unhealthy habits from sneaking up on you later in the day.
Stuck on time, working early or just don’t feel like cooking?
This is where oatmeal comes in! Not only is it super filling and nutritious, its also widely available, gluten free (if you choose a GF verified brand), vegan and relatively low in price, making it an ideal choice for anyone! The only qualm some people have is that it tastes bland and is boring. Let me tell you, I don’t do boring, but I do oatmeal – so how does that happen? Well I have a few tricks up my sleeve..
Mindfully Miranda’s Top 5 Tips for Making the Best Bowl of Oatmeal:
- I always add an extra half of the amount of water required to cook your oats with that of almond milk to the pot. Basically if the directions call for one cup of water, I add one cup of water as well as half a cup of vanilla almond milk (or almond milk + vanilla extract) to make it extra creamy (coconut milk is also fab for this).
- I bring everything to a boil together on the stove all at once – how easy is throwing everything into a pot, turning on the heat and waiting for it to come to a boil? Its crazy easy to do. Following the above tip of adding almond milk, and letting it all come together lends to the creamiest oats. I also add 1 egg white to the pot, you cant even taste it but it adds an extra protein boost and a creamy texture. I usually let my oats boil about 5 minutes on med-low heat or until the liquid is mostly absorbed, but not completely dry.
- I go nuts for toppings, literally. Adding walnuts or something like chia, flax or hemp seeds is a great way to get brain-boosting healthy fats into your diet, as well as some extra satiating protein. My fave combo is adding a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a sprinkling of Organic Coconut Chips on top (its heavenly).
- So we’ve got creamy oats, nutty toppings.. but where’s the sweetness at? Now I’ve got a few remedies for this a) drizzle some pure maple syrup (or agave or honey) overtop b) sprinkle some stevia on it c) add a small scoop of your favourite flavored protein powder d) add some chopped dates or date paste to the pot as your oats boil.
- For those of you with a sweet tooth like me, sometimes you go the extra mile and you add sliced banana coins, mixed berries or baked apple chunks to your oatmeal if you’re feelin’ fancy and want a bit more bite to your bowl. 😉 Adding fruit is perfect because its a perfect way to get some extra natural sweetness as well as fiber and antioxidants!
And there you have it friends! Oatmeal is perhaps one of the most versatile breakfast grains, and as I choose to buy Organic Gluten Free Rolled Oats (from Bob’s Red Mill) I believe that it can be enjoyed as a healthy, delicious start to your day (paired with coffee of course). I hope this has inspired you to get to cookin’ tomorrow morning!
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness