Celebrate Oatmeal Day By Making Your Own
By Brandi Swieter
Oatmeal Day arrives on the 29th of October. People should celebrate by having a bowl made from scratch. Oats are extremely healthy, but the popular brands of oatmeal sold in stores are filled with sugar. Creating a healthier homemade version is a much better way to celebrate.
Use Whole Grain Oats
Search the store shelves for whole grain oats. These are some of the healthiest out there to use. They provide lots of antioxidants and soluble fiber. Quaker Oats offers a 100 percent whole grain version labeled Old Fashioned that prides itself on being heart healthy.
Some people prefer to use milk in their oatmeal. Though this does add some flavor and make the oatmeal creamier, it is not as healthy. All the cook needs is some boiling water to get started. Water does not add calories, sugar, fat, or any other non-beneficial components.
Try Healthy Sweeteners
No one should add sugar to their oatmeal. Healthy sweeteners are the best option, such as organic honey. If this doesn't add the right amount of sweetness to the dish, then pure maple syrup is the next best choice. It contains antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients as long as the pure version is found. Spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, are also good for adding a dash of sweet to the dish.
Add Fruit or Nuts
Many of the store-bought versions contain fake fruit pieces. The strawberry, peach, or blueberry bits so often found in these kinds are not true fruits and instead concocted creations. Use real fruit and nuts in oatmeal for a much healthier version. Mix in dried apricots, fresh berries, frozen cherries, or even a homemade, sugar-free jam. Almonds, pecans, and walnuts also make excellent toppings.
Top with Yogurt
Those who truly want a beneficial breakfast can top their oatmeal with yogurt. The two pair nicely together and provide an abundance of nutritious offerings. Yogurt is the ideal for gut health and digestion due to the probiotics found within it. A plain version is best without the extra sugar or sodium.
On Oatmeal Day and any other day throughout the year, people everywhere should concoct their own version of oatmeal that is truly healthy and beneficial to eat. Skip the sugar and still enjoy a tasty breakfast that boosts energy and fuels your morning.
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