My kids love oatmeal. They love it for breakfast, they love it in granola and granola bars, they even love it raw! It’s not an unusual occurrence in my house to find a trail of raw oats from the container to the couch on a Saturday morning (cartoons are on so taking an entire minute to cook up a bowl in the microwave is apparently just too much!). But what I love most about oatmeal is that it’s super simple to prepare, tastes great, is very versatile, and is nutritious. Easy Instant Oatmeal does not have to come from a package!
Although high in carbohydrates, oatmeal contains 11 grams of protein in one cup (measured raw) along with fiber, phosphorus, selenium, and manganese. Plus, when combined with a complimentary amino acid (legumes or dairy) a complete protein (The term ‘complete protein’ means that all eight essential amino acids are present in the correct proportion) is formed. Meaning you’ll stay fuller longer.
My kids love to cook and anything they can “cook” by themselves just ups the fun factor. Whether for breakfast or as an after school snack oatmeal is a very popular choice at my house.
Forget those sugar laden “instant” packets. Oatmeal is instant, and I don’t mean the “quick” oats either. Just use regular rolled oats.
Here’s how fast and easy a nutritious breakfast can be:
Easy "Instant" Oatmeal
Easy, versatile and filling. This is a great breakfast for busy school mornings!
⅓ cup oatmeal
enough water to barely cover oats
dash of salt
Toppings of your choice: maple syrup, dried apples, raisins, half and half, butter, etc.
Place oatmeal in a microwave safe bowl.
Cover with just enough water to cover the oatmeal.
Add a dash of salt.
Place in microwave for 1 minute on high (I cover mine with a paper towel)
Serve immediately with toppings of your choice!
Add a splash of half and half, butter or whipping cream- remember healthy fat helps your body absorb the vitamins and nutrients in the foods you eat so ditch the insulin inducing skim/nonfat milk. Full fat canned coconut milk is good option if you're lactose intolerant, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, a dash of cinnamon (helps keep insulin steady and level) and off to the school bus they go!
Calories: 1327 Fat: 121g Saturated fat: 76g Unsaturated fat: 37g Trans fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 55g Sugar: 25g Sodium: 281mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 12g Cholesterol: 332mg