Happy December 19th!

After a very cold week I thought everyone could use an updated breakfast idea.

One of my favorite breakfast items to enjoy on a cold morning is oatmeal. While oats aren’t packed with protein, they do offer a healthy dose of fiber and they are a healthy source of carbohydrates which is essential in maintaining energy levels throughout the day. If you choose to have oatmeal for breakfast I recommend having a higher protein snack within about 2 hours (example: protein shake, hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt)

Oatmeal provides a blank canvas to dress up with a variety of toppings, the possibilities are endless! I must admit how much I dislike flavored instant oatmeal- I ate it for years until I discovered McCann’s Irish oatmeal and realized how much sugar and other unnatural ingredients are in the flavored ones. It’s amazing how much added sugar is in packaged foods!

Here are a few combinations
that I’ve recently been enjoying:

1/2 pear diced
2 T. Dries cranberries
1/8 cup slivered almonds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
-Add all ingredients to one serving of cooked plain oatmeal, enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie:
1 T. Pumpkin Butter (could sub pumpkin purée- increase to 3 T.)
1/4 apple, chopped
1/8 C chopped pecans
Pumpkin pie spice to taste
-Add all ingredients to one serving of cooked plain oatmeal, enjoy!

Oatmeal cookie:
1 T. Honey
2 T. Raw walnuts
2 T. Raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
-Add all ingredients to cooked plain oatmeal, enjoy!

Bonus: all of these flavor combos also can be used on plain Greek yogurt!

What healthy oatmeal toppings do you like?