One food that you’ve very likely heard before is an excellent addition to your diet is steel cut oats. Oats are high in fiber, low in sugar, and a very good source of quality carbohydrates that will provide energy for each of your daily activities.
But, most people generally dislike the taste of plain oats because without all that added sugar and flavouring that you get when you purchase it packaged at the supermarket, it’s going to have a rather bland and boring taste to it. That’s why you need to come up with a few simple and nutritious ways to add more flavor, without packing in sugar or too many calories.
Let’s give you a few quick ideas right now to get you going so that you can get hooked on this excellent breakfast or anytime snack food.
Add Cooked Apples And Cinnamon
One of the top flavoured varieties of oatmeal that you can buy at the supermarket is apple cinnamon. But, rather than going for their high sugar version, make this yourself.
Simply chop up an apple, mix it in some cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar and then place it in the oven for five minutes or until tender.
Then, stir that into your bowl of oatmeal along with a little milk for added creaminess and serve. This is far healthier plus the apple will add a boost of fiber to the dish as well.
Blend In Protein Powder
Another quick option to turn to and one that will also make it a more complete meal is to blend in a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Oatmeal is generally quite lacking in protein, so you will want to add a source of protein to it.
If you aren’t going to have eggs or another protein source, the protein powder works perfectly. Just be sure to blend it in after it’s finished cooking for best results.
If you loved your PB & J sandwiches as a kid, try making an oatmeal version of this favorite food. Simply stir in a tablespoon of natural peanut butter once the oatmeal is finished cooking and then add in another tablespoon of some low sugar jelly or even some fresh blueberries or raspberries.
This will up the healthy fat content of the oatmeal as well, so all you’ll need is your protein source to make it a wholesome and nutritious meal that will supply you with energy throughout the morning.
Try Maple Syrup
Finally, the last fast and easy way to spice up your oatmeal and really make it a meal you look forward to first thing in the morning is to add sweetness with some sugar free maple syrup. Many brands do have reduced sugar varieties for purchase that contain from 10-30 calories per tablespoon.
While regular syrup is far too high in calories to be adding to your oats, this version is much more tolerable.
So next time you’re looking for something to start your day off with, consider that oatmeal once again. Using any one of these add-ins, you will find that you just enjoy it a lot more than the last time you had it.