Although I'm counting my calories, one of the ways that I've been able to keep things exciting is by trying new foods - grains/spices/fruits/vegetable
s. I've really come to love oatmeal in the past month or so - not the instant stuff that I always thought tasted a little too sweet and powdery.
When I make oatmeal in the morning, this is usually what I do:
*1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats (I use Bob's Red Mill brand, they have so many great products, check out their website: www.bobsredmill.com/
* 1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk (You could also use water, regular milk, soymilk, etc- I just like the flavor of almond milk and the creaminess that it adds)
You can make them on the stovetop or in the microwave. I've been using the microwave for convenience - just stir the oats and almond milk in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Then, I add in fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, spices, nut butter. Some of my favorite choices are:
- Fresh strawberries, blueberries or banana
- Dried chopped dates or cranberries (these are a once in a while treat because they have a higher sugar content)
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Pumpkin pie spice, Saigon Roasted Cinnamon (by McCormick)
- Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful or Dark Chocolate Dreams
Yesterday, I found Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats on sale at the grocery store. I've heard of them before, but never tried them. Also known as Irish oats, steel cut oats come from the inner portion of the oat kernel and are cut into pieces. Because they're not rolled out and steamed/toasted like rolled oats, they still retain some of the outer oat bran.
I made some for breakfast this morning, following the package instructions (boil the cooking liquid, then add oats, cook 10 min for al dente, 20 for creamy). I like my oatmeal nice and creamy (to me it makes it seem decadent like that), so I did 20 minutes. I added 2 tbsp peanut butter and 3 medium chopped strawberries on top. It was pretty good, but still tasted a little al dente to me; next time I'd probably keep cooking them for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Overall, I'd say that they're a nice option every once in a while, and they're very nutritious. They take more time to cook than regular rolled oats though, so they're not practical for making every day.
Next up, I have a bag of wheat berries in my kitchen that I need to do something with...