Breakfast is the first meal of the day. So it makes sense to choose something that will help you feel full. Oatmeal can satisfy that need. Oatmeal is easy too. It’s simple to cook, and tastes great. Just add hot water or milk, stir, and let it come to a boil. If you need to cook breakfast in a hurry, oatmeal is your best bet.
Oatmeal is also rich in fiber. It is correlated with lower cholesterol levels and reduced risk of heart disease. And it keeps you feeling full for a long time after eating. But how can you improve oatmeal to help you in your weight loss journey?
A small handful of nuts or seeds is a great way to add protein to your morning bowl of oatmeal. A scoop of protein powder is an easy way to add protein to your oatmeal. If you do this, make sure you don’t overdo it. Consider adding in a handful of dried fruit to your oatmeal bowl. Dried fruit adds fiber, potassium and antioxidants to your bowl.
Many people add fruit to their oatmeal. You can put slices of apple or pear in the oatmeal before cooking it. Or you can add fresh fruit when you eat the oatmeal.
The theory behind adding fruit to oatmeal is that the sweet, tangy taste of the fruit will sweeten the oatmeal.
Switch it up
In the winter, when it’s cold outside, cook your oatmeal with apples, and maybe cinnamon, and top it with some toasted walnuts or pecans. In summer, when it’s hot outside, cook your oatmeal with peaches, and maybe cinnamon, and top it with some toasted coconut flakes.
Oatmeal is also delicious, so sometimes people eat it for breakfast two or even three times daily. But because oatmeal is a calorie-dense food, eating more oatmeal than you need could lead to weight gain.