Clean Eats- Oatmeal

I know, it doesn’t sound fabulous. However, oatmeal has a remarkable bounty of fibre that is vital for your well-being. As students, we are pressed for time and tend to eat whatever we can get most conveniently for breakfast – and it may not be good for you either. This simple recipe is one that I look to nearly every morning simply because it’s so filling, yet quick to make.

Step 1:

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 Measure out about 1/3 cup of your favourite oatmeal. My go-to is always Quaker’s Rolled Oats. If required, have your oats soaked in about 2/3 cups of water or milk the night before.

Step 2: 

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If you haven’t soaked your oats the night before, add in 2/3 cups water and 1/3 almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer) to the oats.

Step 3:

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I put cinnamon in just about everything, so why should oatmeal be any different?! I find that it gives me the extra bit of warmth that I need to wake up on a cold, winter morning. It can be added as per your taste, but I generally go for a little less than a third of a tablespoon.

Step 4:

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Usually I’ll sub out sugar with honey or a syrup of some sort but if nothing is on hand, I go with about half of a tablespoon of sugar. Again, depending on what else you’re adding on top, you may wish to change this to keep sugar levels relatively low.

Step 5:

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Next, mix everything up and heat for about 65-70 seconds in the microwave. Pause every 30 or so seconds and stir the oatmeal around to make sure everything is soaked up and the consistency is just how you like it.

Step 6: 

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Flax is another great source of fibre and is barely noticeable when mixed with oatmeal. I usually add one rounded tablespoon of cold-milled flax per 1/3 cup of oats used.

Step 7:

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Now comes the fun part! Top up your oatmeal with nuts, seeds and fruit as desired. Some of my favourites to put in my oatmeal are dried cranberries, blueberries and almonds. If you’re looking for even more flavour, a small amount of peanut butter or almond butter can also be added.

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I was craving a little more chocolate the other day and tried some Nutella in my oatmeal – best decision ever! Even half a tablespoon was enough to engulf the oatmeal in chocolate-y goodness.

And there you are! It takes me no more than 5 minutes to make and is a great way to start your morning off on the right foot. If you have any favourite recipes of your own, leave them in the comments below; I love to cook and may try them out sometime!

Happy cooking (and eating)!

Shaily

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