Hey guys! So it turns out I got a taste of Thanksgiving yesterday: Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Pie, courtesy of Indigo Deli:
In case you’re wondering, that white blob is vanilla ice cream, not whipped cream. This was actually my first taste of a pumpkin-based dessert and I am definitely a fan! But then again, serve me anything à la mode and I’m sold! Although it might be crazy talk to some to discuss pie & oats in the same post, I’m going to.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love oats. Raw or cooked, sweet or savory, it’s a staple at home. I’m tempted to say that if I had to choose between giving up oats or chocolate, I’d probably go with the latter. However oats alone aren’t enough for me to consider it a substantial meal i.e. filling and delicious. Some of my favorite ways to make my bowl of oats a tOATal meal include:
1) Add in protein: I know it, you know it….including protein in your meal keeps you fuller for longer. Milk, cottage cheese, & yogurt are both pretty legen-dairy protein additions. If you’re lactose-intolerant (or just not a fan), try stirring in some protein powder. If I am eating cooked oatmeal, I always stir in a couple of egg whites. They add so much volume & creaminess without affecting the taste.
2) Fatten it up: My current favorite healthy fat add-ins include chia seeds, peanut butter, and roasted almonds. Other options include flax meal, walnuts, seeds, and shredded coconut.
3) Boost its nutrition further: Adding fruit to oats is an easy way to get in some vitamins early in the day: applesauce, pears, berries, banana, peaches…anything goes! Vitamins aside, fruits are also great way to naturally sweeten your breakfast.
4) Enhance the flavor: Cinnamon, vanilla extract, sweeteners like agave/honey, cocoa powder, the list is endless! I’d be lying if I said that part of my reason to add chocolate Sunwarrior to my breakfast had nothing to do with its flavor !
5) Go the savory route: If the idea of savory oats weird you out, bear in mind that oats are like any other grain. One of my favorite savory oatmeal recipes is Ris-oat-to. Side note: please excuse the terrible Blackberry photo quality…it’s from way back!
And if you’re like my sister who stays away from oatmeal because of its “baby food texture”, maybe oatmeal pancakes are more up your alley!
How do you like your oats?