Thursday, November 26, 2009

What I'm Thankful For aka Oatmeal

My Love of Oatmeal
What kid actually likes/d oatmeal?  To me it was one of those foods I wouldn't touch even if I starving.  It would glare at me all gooey and nasty with its lack of taste and sugar.  Come on, I'd harass my mom, where are the Lucky Charms (did anyone else try to save at least a couple marshmellows for the last spoonful)?   And why would anyone choose an oatmeal cookie over chocolate chip?   But as I grew up, I realized that oatmeal had its appeal whereas sugary cereals like Lucky Charms gave me a sugar high for thirty minutes and then I was starving again.  However, I can not just eat plain oats and water.  I need substance in my oats to hide the overly oaty taste and keep me full till lunchtime.  So I've decided to give you all a few of my favorite oatmeal combinations.
Oats with Applesauce and Cinnamon
Combine 1/2 cup cooked oats with 1/2 cup unsweented natural applesauce and a dash or five (I love cinnamon).  Microwave for 20-30 seconds and enjoy!
Peachy Vanilla Oats
Combine 1/2 cup cooked oats with 1/2cup vanilla yogurt (I typically use Dannon Light 'n Fit) and a ripe peach.  Microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy a peachy keen breakfast.  Just a quick note: greek yogurt does not microwave well so use another type of yogurt if you plan on microwaving after mixing.
Chocolately Banana Oats
Combine 1/2 cup cooked oats with 1 medium ripe banana and 1 scoop of Chocolate Amazing grass powder.  Cook for 45 seconds then smash banana with a fork.  And smile at your inner child for realizing you would have eaten oatmeal had your mother added chocolate and banana!
Now you can almost do any combinations you want with different milks, nut butters, fruits, powders, etc.  I just wanted to share some of favorite combinations.  I typically buy a huge container of instant oats from Wal-mart and cook them in water for 1-1.5 minute(s) then add my extra ingredients.  What are some of your favorite oatmeal combinations?  And did you eat oatmeal as a child or were you as disgusted by it like me?
PS Sometimes when I'm super lazy/tired I will whip up a huge batch of oats for dinner typically with huge amounts of fruit and chocolate :)