Man, I hate when I re-read a post the next day and find a spelling error. My grade three teacher was right; I never will learn how to proofread if I don’t stop day dreaming about those damn hatching chickens under that stupid red light!
I absolutely love when people write in or comment....well, I like the good comments, the mean ones make me sad, but everyone is entitled to their opinion right? Even if it is wrong.
So a lot of fit bitches out there would like some oatmeal recipes, so I am going to share my favourites. Experiment as much as you can, if you eat oatmeal as much as I do, you will appreciate the variety! I keep a glass jar on my counter (along with a jar of flaxseed, protein powder, and raw almonds) so they are there reminding me that a quick healthy breaky or snack is only a few minutes in the making.
Rolled or Steel Cut?
Rolled oats are just that, an oat rolled out, you can get these in regular or thick rolled (same thing, just the actual rollers used to roll the oats are set at different thickness).
Steel cut oats are oats cut with a blade (um...made of steel?), these take longer to cook. Any grain that takes a long time to cook is SUPER good for you! Which is why these types of oats are the best! However, I am a busy freaking girl so I use the rolled oats, and most times I throw them in the microwave with a guesstimated amount of water. NO INSTANT OATS OR OATMEALS FOR FIT BITCHES!
Benefits of OATS!
1. You will be strong, like horse!
2. They can help lower bad cholesterol.
3. Oats stabilize your blood sugar. They keep you fuller for longer. Protein, fibre, minerals, vitamins OH MY!
4. Cheap cheap cheap cheap!
Whatever oats you decide to use for the below recipes, just follow the water to oat ratio on your oat package for one serving. On the weekends, I do these in a pot but to be honest? I am a lazy morning person and I usually microwave my oats and eyeball all the ingredients. So, add the ingredients to your liking. These recipes are so simple your cat could do them, get creative. If you make something you don’t like, throw it out and try again (oats are cheap remember?) If you think I use WAY too much nutmeg, then just at 1/8 a tsp first to see if you like it...whatever your fit little heart desires.
Alright, cook you oats and add the following for a change up:
1. Coconut Cream oatmeal.
I am putting this recipe first as it is the highest in (healthy)fat & carbs & calories. After you eat this go for a hike and work it off!
Substitute ½ the water with light coconut milk and a tablespoon of flaked (unsweetened) coconut. So yummy!
Have more time: add half a sliced banana (I know you will add a whole banana even though I said just add a half, so buy small bananas, not these massive bananas that make your boyfriend jealous)
2. Chai oatmeal
Throw a chai tea bag in the water before you add the oats, allow steepage for a min and then add your oats and sprinkle cinnamon to your liking (I use 1 tsp).
Have more time: Also good with this recipe is adding some real vanilla bean. Mmmm.
3. Tea of your choice oatmeal
Doing the same as above, but experiment with different tea. Apple Spice tea = Apple spice oatmeal. Blueberry tea = blueberry oatmeal. So simple and healthy! You are adding tonnes of flavour without adding fat, sugar, or nasty fake sweetener crap!
Have more time: add some chopped fruit to match your tea (berry mixed tea with chopped strawberries YUM)
4. Apple oatmeal
Top your cooked oatmeal with two tablespoons of Organic Apple Butter (no, it is not butter, but it is spreadable like jam...think very concentrated applesauce)
Have more time: add sliced apple
5. Protein Packed Choco-Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Add two tablespoons of chocolate protein powder (I use VEGA brand) about ¼ cup of skim milk stir, and then add 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter.
(Experiment with whatever type of protein powder you use)
6. Raisin Spice Oatmeal
Add raisins to the water when you add your oats (2 or 3 tablespoons) stir in 1/4 tsp nutmeg and ½ tsp of cinnamon
7. Maple walnut Oatmeal
I only use 1/2 tablespoon REAL natural maple syrup (no, not Aunt Jemima!) but if you still have a sweet tooth add a full tablespoon, then add two tablespoons chopped walnut
8. Honey Cranberry Oatmeal
Add two tablespoons of dried cranberries (not ones that had sugar added, look for organic dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice) to the water with the oats and top the cooked oatmeal with some honey.
9. Banana Bread Oatmeal
I love bananas
Mash up 1 banana, 2 tsp of real vanilla extract or add real vanilla bean, add 1/4 tsp nutmeg and ¼ tsp cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of chopped walnut. Then add the cooked oats, stir, and add some skim milk to lessen the thickness.
10. Omega Power Oatmeal
Add: 1 tablespoon of flaxseed and chopped berries of your choice
I like my oatmeal stick to your spoon thick! So if you like yours less stick to your ribs, add more liquid when cooking, or pour some skim milk over your final product. ENJOY!