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Everyone knows that oatmeal is the breakfast of champions (and if you don’t, you should).
This amazing grain contains fiber, is naturally sugar-free, has Omega-3s, iron and boosts immunity while lowering cholesterol. It is best steel cut, but also comes rolled (which has been processed and takes less time to cook), and then there is instant, which is usually sweetened and the least nutritious of the bunch.
However, if you don’t have time to make steel cut (a 30-minute commitment), shoot for old-fashioned (which takes five minutes). Really don’t have time? Find the instant that has no sugar or flavoring added.
But, besides topping it with fresh berries, what else can you do with this super food? First, don’t kick it until you’ve tried it for breakfast. Cook according to directions and then add a slew of fresh berries, hemp or chia seeds, a handful of walnuts or a scoop of almond or sunflower butter for a power-packed start to your day.
Tired of normal oatmeal? Try these delicious (and oh-so-simple) oatmeal pancakes.
(makes 12-15 pancakes)
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups water or 2 cups non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp. maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
Strawberries, for topping
1. Place all ingredients (except berries) in a blender, and blend until smooth. Stir in blueberries.
2. Let stand for a few minutes until batter thickens. (If batter is too thick, add a little water.)
3. Heat coconut oil or cooking spray on griddle or skillet. Pour batter by 1/4 cup into skillet and cook 2-3 minutes per side. Top with strawberries. Enjoy!
Don’t want pancakes? No problem. Oatmeal is not just for breakfast! See below for quick oatmeal tips and uses.
Adding oatmeal to a protein shake is a great post-workout trick to give your muscles proper recovery fuel. Combine with banana, ice, water and 1 scoop of hemp protein.
The next time you try to make pancakes or bread, put oatmeal in a food processor to make oat flour. Use instead of regular flour for a healthier approach to baked items.
If you cook oatmeal and let it cool, you can apply it directly to skin to treat acne. You can also blend oats and sugar for a natural and cheap exfoliant. Or, pour some oats in the bath to help open pores and soothe dry, irritated skin.
Oatmeal can be combined with flour and water for a healthy and inexpensive spin on craft time with the kids. Let them mold their creation and it will harden overnight.
The next time you go to throw away the canister, don’t. You can decorate it with paper and store craft items, kitchen items, or whatever you need!