Oatmeal is one of those foods you either love or hate. It’s not the most appetizing food to look at and is basically just a plain bowl of mush that has little taste. One of the pluses is that it only has 150 calories per half cup, and is a good source of fiber and potassium.
Fortunately, there are healthier options to dress up oatmeal and even the picky eaters in your family may ask for seconds. Here are 3 ways to dress up oatmeal:
Add Fresh Fruit
This is my personal favorite and I don’t feel like I have started my day right without eating a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and bananas. Mix a little milk in, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and you’re good to go. Blueberries are a nutrition powerhouse, and combined with strawberries are another popular oatmeal topping.
I am all for bumping up nutrition and fiber in menopause, but you have to be part woodchuck to chew your way through some of the commercial fiber bars. This version has a softer texture and the addition of eggs and peanut butter add protein. For a sweeter taste, sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Incorporate in Other Foods
Bump up the nutrition in meatloaf by using oatmeal instead of cracker crumbs. Add ¼ cup of oatmeal to your favorite smoothie recipe. Blend until smooth. The starch of the oatmeal gives the smoothie extra body and substance.
Who doesn’t love hot bread fresh from the oven? Use your favorite bread recipe and add oatmeal. Try this maple version for a bread that is both nutritious and delicious.