I call it the 10 AM Growlies—that rumble you get in your belly midmorning when breakfast has worn off. The best prevention I’ve found for the 10 AM Growlies is a bowl of oatmeal—it keeps me full through the morning and prevents that carb crash I get from many commercial cereals.
Recently, I penned (OK, typed) an article for SparkPeople.com: No More Boring Oatmeal! I was pleased to see that my piece synced up nicely with Mark Bittman’s column in the New York Times Op-Ed pages, How to Make Oatmeal … Wrong. Bittman argues that do-it-yourself oatmeal is a much healthier option than most packaged versions (and far better than, heaven forbid, McDonald’s “healthy” oatmeal). Plus, it takes about as much time to bring a saucepan of water, oats and salt to the boil as it does to microwave a package of sugary instant oatmeal, and much less time than waiting in the Mickey-D’s drivethru.
I researched a bunch of healthy and tasty combinations that add a flavor punch onto the blank canvas that is a bowl of oatmeal. Read the full SparkPeople article on 20 healthy and tasty breakfast ideas; here are a few of my favorites from the list I compiled:
- 2 Tbsp dried cranberries, 1 Tbsp toasted pistachios, 1 tsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp raisins, 1 Tbsp chopped pecans, 1 tsp turbinado sugar
- 2 Tbsp dried cherries, 1 Tbsp chopped almonds, 1 tsp turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts, dash of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup diced apple, 2 Tbsp dried cranberries (90 calories)
And my two favorite oatmeal toppings:
- 1 Tbsp Nutella (chocolate-hazelnut spread), 1/2 a banana, sliced
- 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar, a bit of sliced scallion, salt and a generous grind of pepper, topped with an egg lightly cooked in a nonstick skillet