My favorite breakfast is oatmeal.
I enjoy it a couple different ways. Sometimes I make overnight oats using old fashioned rolled oats (not quick or instant) and other times I use steel cut oats which have a bit more "robust" flavor and weight.
I cook a pot (four servings) of steel cut oats either in the evening or on a morning when I have extra time. Then I'm able to enjoy them in the mornings without feeling rushed for time - they take about 20+ minutes to cook on the stove. I hear they can be cooked in a crockpot or rice cooker but I haven't tried that yet.
Looking at this photo, you're probably wondering where the oats are! Under all the fabulous toppings, of course!
I wanted to show you a sampling of what goes on my oats on any given morning - I like to change it up for variety, so this is what I added recently to a cup of cooked steel cut oats: (starting clockwise from the top behind the spoon)
- ground flax seed - it's benefits: lowering total cholesterol and LDL, rich in fiber, cancer-fighting lignan (alpha linolenic acid), and helps to lower blood pressure
- chia seeds - it's benefits: slows the conversion of carbs into sugar, fuel for the body -> energy!, electrolyte balance is maintained, and aids in digestion
- pecans - it's benefits: lowers cholesterol, a natural antioxidant (highest among nuts!), good source of protein, excellent source of good fats - monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, and very nutrient dense containing more than 19 vitamins and minerals
- pomegranate seeds - it's benefits: improves blood flow (heart healthy!), full of antioxidants, high in fiber and healthy fats (unsaturated), and even has some antibacterial effects
- almond butter - it's benefits: lowers total cholesterol, reduces heart disease risk, rich in magnesium and potassium, and promotes weight loss
Not to mention that this makes an incredibly tasty breakfast! Also fun to eat in this cute latte mug!
Here's everything mixed together, which is the way I prefer to eat my oats - lots of goodness in every bite! The nut butter gets melty and the seed/nuts add just the right amount of crunch - perfect creamy, melty, nutty goodness!
Now, doesn't this make you want to have a bowl of oatmeal soon?