It was cooler this week so I warmed up with oatmeal. If I'm hungry when I wake up, I'll eat oatmeal before I run in the morning. Otherwise, I like to have oatmeal after I run so that it warms me up after I've been outside.
Coming up with some healthy topping ideas was a good way to get my brain working early in the morning!
Today, I made myself some apple oatmeal. Rather than just top my oats with uncooked apples, I took an extra step that made my oatmeal even better than usual.
I melted a dab of coconut oil in a small pot.Then I warmed the apples in the oil and placed them aside in a bowl. I made my oatmeal in the same pot - you don't want to have a mess to clean up when you're done! (If you'd like an oatmeal cooking lesson, here's one: video from Eating Well.) When the oatmeal was done, I added:
- Small Granny Smith apple (diced and warmed in coconut oil)
- Wheat germ
- Almond extract
- Molasses (a sweetener)
- Toasted almonds
Chocolate Nut Butter Oatmeal
These oatmeal toppings make oatmeal taste like an Almond Joy candy bar.
- Peanut butter or almond butter
- Cocoa powder
- Banana (a sweetener)
Sweet Potato Oatmeal
You've probably heard of pumpkin oatmeal, but have you heard of sweet potato oatmeal? This is a good way to get a head start on eating your vegetables for the day. Here's a Runners World Post on Healthy Sweet Potatoes.
- Half of a sweet potato (microwaved, peeled, cut-up or mashed)
- Toasted walnuts (microwaved)
- Reduced Sugar Cranberries (these taste just as good as the regular ones)
- Pure maple syrup
- Pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger
More Healthy Oatmeal Toppings
This is just the beginning of fall and I'll be making oatmeal many more times. My usual go-to toppings: