Oatmeal is a good way to start your day. It is easy to make, filling, and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can boil it, make baked oatmeal, use it to top a crisp, bake granola bars, form it into a patty with savory herbs and bake it, roll it with flour and boil it as dumplings, bake it into cookies, make no-bake cookies, granola, etc. Even peanut butter no-bake cookies made with honey instead of sugar can be a nutritional part of breakfast. Cliff uses oats in its delicious, filling, and nutritious energy bars. Whole grain oats are loaded with fiber and protein, and oats can help you to lose weight (everything in moderation). Here, I’ll be talking about a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and just a few healthy and delicious ways to enjoy it.

You can make oatmeal anywhere from soupy to so thick that you can turn the bowl upside down and it will stay (so long as you don’t shake it or leave it upside down for too long). Leftovers can be eaten hot or cold. Plain oatmeal has a slight sweetness to it, but many like to add honey, brown sugar, and/or maple syrup to it (I’m no exception). Here are some delicious and healthy ways to enjoy that bowl of oatmeal. Some of these are my favorites, and I enjoy all of them.

Molasses Oatmeal:  Stir a couple heaping spoonfuls of blackstrap molasses into your oatmeal. It is packed with iron and calcium, and can help to ward off or ease cramping. Molasses also has its own sweetness (and tastes like black licorice), so no added sugar is necessary.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal: Stir a couple heaping spoonfuls of peanut or other nut/seed butter into cooked oatmeal. Sweetener is optional. Organic or natural peanut butter and honey or maple syrup is a delicious and filling combination that is packed with protein and also contains iron. Other nut and/or seed butters can be substituted for peanut butter as well.

Blueberry Oatmeal: Coconut milk and sweetened dried blueberries (or unsweetened or fresh blueberries) is a light and delicious combination. Blueberries contain antioxidants and are good for the mind.

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal: This one is probably already a well-known favorite of many. Cinnamon has antibacterial properties (be careful in your selection, however, since a high level of animal fecal matter is allowed in ground cinnamon), and raisins contain iron, magnesium, B-6, and calcium. Raisins add a sweetness to the oatmeal, but milk (almond milk, soy milk) and/or maple syrup or brown sugar may also be added for extra sweetness. I cannot recommend cinnamon anymore, however, and encourage the use of powdered cardamom instead.

Banana Cream Oatmeal: While you can add milk (almond milk, soy milk), bananas will form their own cream as you stir them (mashed) into the oats as they cook. You can also add peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter). It’s delicious and creamy. Bananas contain potassium and other nutrients and are good for cramping. Peanut butter or other nut/seed butter will also add extra protein. It’s good for a day when you have a lot of work, walking, or other exercise to do.

Date & Walnut Oatmeal: Dates are very sweet and have a nice flavor. Walnuts contain omega 3 and other nutrients and are good for the heart and mind. Milk (almond milk, soy milk) may also be added.



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