We love oatmeal! It's affordable (we buy it in bulk) and healthy and so comfortingly warm on a chilly morning...
Usually I just make a very basic oatmeal for breakfasts: oats cooked in water with a sprinkle of salt, topped with brown sugar and milk.
Lately I've been making fruity oatmeal, and the children love it! I do too! And it's very weight-loss friendly -- a huge heaping bowl figures out to be about 300 calories.
Here is how I make mine:
Bring the water to a boil. Add a sprinkling of salt and add the oats. You can use rolled oats, quick oats, steel-cut oats, whatever. Follow the instructions for the oats you use... or if you do soaked oats, do that. Basically, cook the oats. :)
While the oats are cooking, chop some frozen (or fresh) strawberries. We get strawberries and blueberries in 5+lb bags at Costco and have been very pleased with the quality and price. ($2/lb for blueberries; ~$1.50/lb for strawberries.)
When your oats are cooked, add some sweetener. I prefer dark brown sugar, but have also used white sugar, honey, stevia powder, xylitol, or a combination of those.:) Basically, sweeten the oatmeal a little, to offset the tartness of the fruit we're going to add. :)
Add the fruit to the pan. Leave the heat on medium-low and stir gently. When the fruit is thawed and the oatmeal is warm, it's ready to serve! If you add too much frozen fruit, you could end up with cold oatmeal. Cold oatmeal is still yummy, in my opinion, but more suited for summertime. :)
Spoon fruity oatmeal into bowls and top with a little milk. Enjoy! :)
Now, the calorie breakdown.
Rolled Oats: 2 servings (1 cup dry) is 300 calories
Brown sugar: 15 calories per teaspoon (I use 3-4 tsp.)
Strawberries (frozen, unsweetened): 50-60 calories per cup
Blueberries (frozen, unsweetened): 80-85 calories per cup
Whole milk: 1 cup (the amount I use for two big bowls of fruity oatmeal) is 150 calories
These ingredients will make two big bowls of fruity oatmeal and each bowl only has 320 calories! :)
I like to make extras of this oatmeal, and re-warm the leftovers halfway through the morning. Because 320 calories only holds me over for about 2 hours. :P :)
After having this same fruity oatmeal many times in the past two weeks, we're ready for some new ideas. I'd love to hear about your favorite oatmeal add-ins! :)