Learn How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good
With bountiful variation, oatmeal is a quick healthy breakfast that runners should enjoy. With temperatures dropping substantially this week, you may need to learn how to make this power oatmeal to stay warm after your next run.
All winter, I eat oatmeal almost every morning. It keeps me full for several hours. With a good carb to protein ratio, it’s perfect after a run. It also travels well so I can throw ingredients (using dried fruit in place of frozen) in a zip lock bag, and add hot water later.
There’s actually a bit of art to making oatmeal into something that tastes as good as it is good for you.
How to Make Oatmeal
Powdered instant oatmeal is fine in a pinch, but there’s tons of sugar and other stuff in it. Here’s how to make oatmeal that takes only slightly more effort, and qualifies as a quick healthy breakfast option.
Put the following ingredients in a microwave safe bowl (I don’t measure, so these are approximations), for two minutes and enjoy!
Simple Oatmeal Ingredients
- 1/2 c of old fashioned oats
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 T flax seeds
- 1/2 C frozen berries (if you do fresh, add them later)
- 1 scoop of brown sugar (a scoop is subjective)
- 1 C almond milk
- some cinnamon
- handful of nuts (walnuts or almonds are the best)
Recently I’ve been without a microwave, and found that it tastes better on the stove. Simply bring the liquid to a boil, put the other ingredients in and cook for 5 – 7 minutes over medium low heat. A perfect way to start your day.
Make Baked Oatmeal
If you really want to know how to make oatmeal taste good, here is a delicious recipe for baked oatmeal. We make it around the holidays and it’s just as amazing reheated as fresh out of the oven. It does take an hour to bake, but if you prepare the night before, then put it in the oven as soon as you wake up (or before you head out on your run), it’ll be ready when you are. Weekends are ideal.
Baked Oatmeal Ingredients
- 3 C. Old Fashioned Oats (steel cut oatmeal works too)
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 3/4 c. dried fruit (experiment to find your favorite combinations)
- 3/4 c sliced almonds
- 3/4 c flax seed
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
- 3 1/3 c. some form of milk, (almond, soy, cow, etc)
- 4 eggs or egg replacers
- 1 T. apple sauce
- 1 T. vanilla
- Heat oven to 350. Spray 8″ square baking dish with cooking oil.
- In large bowl mix everything (turns out great and saves dishes).
- Pour into baking dish.
- Bake 55- 60 min. or until center is set & firm to touch.
Makes 4 – 6 servings. Serve with greek yogurt, homemade jam or fresh fruit as toppings.
Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal has loads of complex carbs as well as soluble fiber. There are also 5g of protein per serving. It’s a low glycemic index food, which means it’s energy is released slowly into your bloodstream keeping you fuller longer. You should like that as a runner!
Oatmeal is one quick healthy breakfast because it’s good for your heart. whfoods.org, says that oatmeal contains a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan.
“Since 1963, study after study has proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels. Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.”
How do you make your Oatmeal?
I don’t know anyone who eats just plain oats. When you factor in the added protein, vitamins and minerals from the other ingredients, it’s a very potent quick healthy breakfast option.