HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OATMEAL
3 secrets to making the best healthy oatmeal
In this short post, I’m going to share 3 tips that can help you to make the most delicious healthy oatmeal every morning – and I’m also going to share an oatmeal recipe that is super simple + delish!
The best bowl of oatmeal needs to be tasty, healthy and filling – and it also needs to give you sustained energy throughout the morning. I seriously have an obsession with oatmeal, because there are so many ways to make it – it’s so easy to take a regular bowl of oatmeal and turn it into a yummy balanced breakfast.
Liezl Jayne XO
THE 3 SECRETS OF AMAZING OATMEAL
1. A teaspoon of coconut oil
There are so many health benefits of consuming coconut oil (it’s full of good nutrients) – and adding 1 teaspoon of it to a bowl of hot oatmeal makes it really creamy, and also filling. It’s really important for us to to incorporate healthy fats into our diets, and that includes at breakfast. Adding healthy fats + protein to oatmeal (which is mostly carbs) is essential for sustained energy and staying fuller for longer throughout the morning. Fats take longer to digest than carbs – and so adding a small amount of fats to a carb-filled meal, means that you’ll stay fuller for longer.
2. A sprinkle of cinnamon
A sprinkle of cinnamon stirred into a bowl of creamy oatmeal adds a little pop of extra flavor, and it also helps to stabalize blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is a suprising little health booster, it’s bursting with nutrients and antioxidants – and it also takes any bowl of oatmeal from simple to splendid.
3. A fruit and nut topping
What’s a bowl of oatmeal these days without some delicous toppings? Even just a little bit of fresh fruit with a few raw nuts on top, can take a bowl of oatmeal from good to great. Banana slices, blueberries, raspberries, strawberry slices, chopped apple, pear, fresh figs – the options are endless when it comes to fruit, there are so many types that are amazing with oats. Try topping your oatmeal with a serving of fresh fruit and a serving of nuts (1 Tablespoon of unsweetened nut butter or a few raw nuts) – the fruit adds good carbs and sweetness, while the nuts add protein and healthy fats!
Obviously, you can top your oatmeal with whatever you want to! I love topping my oats with fresh fruit, and either nuts or nut butter. Here are 3 examples of fruit & nut topping combinations that you could have that are roughly 150 calories each.
2/3 cup blueberries
14 raw almonds
1/2 banana (sliced)
8 raw walnut halves
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 Tablespoon unsweetened nut butter
-1/2 cup rolled oats (dry)
-1 + 1/2 to 2 cups water (or as needed)
-1 teaspoon coconut oil (flat)
-1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
-optional: pinch ground vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
-optional: 1 teaspoon xylitol, raw honey or 100% pure maple syrup (or to taste)
-Bring the water and dry oats to a boil in a pot on the stove and simmer for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
-Once cooked, stir in the coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla
-Add sweetener to taste (optional)
-Serve hot in a bowl and top with nut butter and fresh fruit (optional)
-Eat & enjoy!
Made with love by Liezl Jayne xo
Calories per serving:
1/2 cup dry rolled oats = 150 cal
1 flat teaspoon coconut oil = 40 cal
1 teaspoon sweetener = roughly 10-20 cal (depending on type)
Suggested topping (1 of 3 listed above) = 150 cal
Meal total: roughly 340-360 cal
Photos by Ross Charnock for liezljayne.com – styled by Liezl Jayne Strydom