Jam-Packed Healthy Oatmeal

jam packed oatmeal

As a show of solidarity, my family has started eating healthy to support my Dad as he changes his diet to improve his cholesterol levels. He loves good food, and as I see it, good food is not always healthy food. White rice, noodles, pork, beef, and milk toast are always on rotation at home.

I wrote a list of healthy foods to substitute the usual suspects: popsicles for ice cream, almond milk for cow's milk, whole wheat bread for white break, and oatmeal for porridge.

So let's talk about oatmeal and ways to fancy it up.

  1. Use steel-cut oats as opposed to rolled oats. Steel-cut oats are less processed, so your body needs to do more work to digest them. This keeps you fuller, longer.
  2. Rinse the oats in a sieve prior to cooking them. Rinsing will result in more photogenic oatmeal. (Obviously, I skipped this step for the above bowl.)
  3. Add more water than the instructions suggest. I usually do about 50% more. The feeling of gagging on thick, dry oatmeal is like shoving a handful of saltine crackers in your mouth - you pretty much won't want to take a next bite.
  4. Add dried fruit during the cooking process, not after. The dried fruit will soak up moisture and become reconstituted, juicy, plump bursts of happy in your mouth.
  5. Add chia seeds for extra fiber, and to break up the monotony of single-colored oatmeal.
  6. Stir in a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter toward the end of cooking. Most people love crunchy surprises in their food.
  7. Arrange banana slices in a concentric circle. 

These are just my tips for a diverse & healthy bowl of oatmeal! Experiment with different spices, sweeteners, fruit, and nuts. 

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