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For the Love of Oatmeal

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“You’re kidding me, right?  How do you NOT know how to cook oatmeal?” I said.

That was part of a conversation I had with my boyfriend during the early stages of our courtship.  I guess I couldn’t fathom that someone would avoid eating oatmeal, not because they hated the taste or the texture, but simply because they didn’t know how to cook it without an awful boil-over.  Now, in all fairness, I’m going to blame it on the fact that like some men, the idea of slow cooking is just a waste of time.  Patience is not a virtue in the kitchen.  Why not turn the burner on high and cook the be-jesus out of those oats?  I am now convinced that he is not the only one out there dreading the awful ring of burnt oatmeal around the stove top left there by boiling, molten oats.  No worries, Folks, I’m here to save your breakfast with these simple tips and a sweet little video demo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu1oiW3AX5Q

Step away from the stove and take a few notes.

Step 1: You’re going to need a ratio of one parts oats to two parts liquid.  In this case we’re just going to start with:

1 cup of oats

2 cups of water

Step 2: Add liquid (water) to a medium-sized pot and let it boil on medium heat.  You can cover the pot with a lid to speed up the process.

Step 3: When the water comes to a boil, you can add a dash of salt for flavor or skip it.

Step 4: Add your oats and reduce heat to medium-low heat.  Stir every few minutes.  This step should take about 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your oatmeal.  If you’re using Scottish oats that are finer in texture, you should use a whisk to keep it from clumping instead of a spoon.

BOOM.  It’s done!

I like to keep my oatmeal slightly wet because this keeps it from getting too clumpy after it cools.  Once it’s done I like to add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some of the following fingerlickin toppings.

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Berries n’ Creme Proatmeal

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Peaches n’ Creme Oatmeal

– 2/3 cups oatmeal, cooked

– 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use UMP)

– 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– 1 tbsp hemp seed

-1/2 tsp flaxseed

-1/2 peach, diced

– 1 tbsp raw almonds

Instructions:

  1. Mix protein powder and milk with oats.
  2. Add rest of ingredients on top.
  3. ENJOY!

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Protein Options:

  • 1/2-1 scoop protein powder
  • 1-2 tbsps. walnuts, almonds, or other favorites
  • flaxseed or hemp seeds

Fruit Options:

  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries or raspberries
  • mango
  • peaches
  • bananas
  • raisins
  • other dried or fresh fruit.  Frozen is a great option also.

Spice Options:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Unsweetened Coco powder

Sweet Options:

  • Drizzle of honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Almond Milk or Soy Milk
  • Coconut Sugar (low glycemic index)
  • Stevia

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Benefits of Eating Oatmeal

Can lower risk of high blood pressure and diabetes Type 2

Can lower cholesterol

Fiber keeps you full longer helping with weight loss.

__http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-oatmeal-morning-4112.html______

Photos Courtesy of:

http://fit-wins.blogspot.com/

http://memy.pl/mem_344832_seriously

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