Creamy Oatmeal Bowl
I know I'm not the only one who is constantly bombarded by drool worthy food pictures on Instagram. Literally every time I scroll through my feed, I am flooded with pictures that inspire me to try new things. Some of my favorites include desserts, smoothies, buddha bowls and acai bowls (all with the pretty decorations as well). However, I'm also a huge fan of a good old fashioned bowl of oats. In fact, it ranks as one of my favorite breakfast options since it's filled with fiber, keeps my digestive system happy and is super quick and easy to make. Given my slight oatmeal obsession, I'd like to think I have perfected the recipe for a creamy bowl of oats. I've put this post together as a way to help you create a delicious and creamy porridge every time. No more goopy or sticky porridge (unless that's your thing). Use this as a base and then work in your favorite mixings to change it up. The possibilities are truly endless!
Benefits of Oats
Oats are full of fiber and protein, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol, prevent heart disease and increases serotonin. Oats digest slowly and help keep you satiated longer, which means that it is often my choice of breakfast when I know I will have a busy day. A good bowl of oatmeal will keep me full all morning until lunch so I don't have to worry about snacking in between.
Since oats contain alkoloids, they are also great as a natural sedative. If you have trouble sleeping or feel like you need a snack before bedtime, try a small bowl of porridge. I also love to use oatmeal as a base for a home made exfoliating face mask or body wash. They're such a versatile food and a true pantry staple.
The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal
What You Need
(enough for 1 portion)
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c your favorite milk
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 banana (mashed with a fork)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash of sea salt
Put the oats in a small pot and add the water and milk. Bring to a boil.
Turn the heat to medium and add the mashed banana, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt.
You will know it's done when the mixture is soft and creamy.
Transfer your oats to a bowl and add your favorite toppings. This can include: fruit, flax seeds, coconut chips, chia seeds, hemp seeds, raw cacao, protein powder, your favorite nuts and seeds, maple syrup, more cinnamon etc.. Whatever you like most!
If you aren't on the oatmeal train yet, then I hope you swap your usual breakfast a few days a week for a hearty bowl of oatmeal. You'll notice a huge difference in your energy levels throughout the day (especially if your standard breaky includes pastries and bagels) and your tummy will be very happy because of the fiber hit.