Top 4 Oatmeal Recipes for Healthy Living

I am a creature of habit, and I really love making routines because they truly eliminate the guesswork when it comes to certain things in life, like meal-planning. Having more time in the morning sets me up for a stress-free kind of day, which is so important. To keep things low-key and stress-free, I always tend to choose between only two different types of breakfasts: smoothies or oatmeal. But things would get a bit boring, though, if I drank the same smoothies or ate the same kind of oatmeal every day, which is why I like to switch things up. Below are my favorite oatmeal recipes – the ones I tend to make time and time again because of their unique benefits and characteristics:

Anti-Inflammatory Oats
I have been on a turmeric kick for a while now; I love adding this aromatic spice to almost anything I can, even to my morning breakfast oats. Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory abilities, and when paired with a rich fat, like coconut milk, this spice can be even more beneficial for our health. I tend to have this version of my oatmeal the morning after I had an intense workout, or on especially cold days where the pain in my shoulder acts up. Want to try my anti-inflammatory oats yourself? Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
½ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tablespoon maple syrup
2/3 cup coconut milk
½ cup gluten-free oats

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar, and mix.
2. Put in the refrigerator, and allow to chill overnight.
3. Enjoy!

Energy Burst Oats
Although I always shoot for getting my full 8 hours of sleep, there are those days where I can’t seem to get into bed anywhere near my ideal time. In those instances, I tend to turn to my oats to give me the energy I need to get through the day, especially because I avoid drinking coffee. My secret ingredient? Matcha powder, a finely ground green tea that can really give you that much needed pep in your step the natural way. Looking for that morning pick-me-up for yourself? Check out my simple recipe below:

Ingredients:
½ tsp matcha powder
¼ tablespoon maple syrup
2/3 cup cashew milk
½ cup gluten-free oats

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar, and mix.
2. Put in the refrigerator, and allow to chill overnight.
3. Enjoy!

Antioxidant Boost Oats
Let’s face it, even as a dietitian/nutritionist, sometimes my love of salty snacks and vegan foods can lead me down a dangerous path…looking at you, Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Chips. Although I rarely indulge in overly processed foods, when I have had a night of my favorite guilty pleasure, I like to start the next morning off right with a huge dose of superfood ingredients to undo the damage from the night before. With ingredients like goji berries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds, you will be off to a great start. Check out my simple recipe below:

Ingredients:
½ cup of dried goji berries, blueberries & cranberries
Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds & chia seeds
¼ tablespoon maple syrup
2/3 cup cashew milk
½ cup gluten-free oats

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar, and mix.
2. Put in the refrigerator, and allow to chill overnight.
3. Enjoy!

Workout Fuel Oats
During the work week, I tend to exercise at night; however, on the weekends, I like to start my day with a great run or an intense yoga workout. Saturdays and Sundays, this is my go-to oatmeal recipe to give me the energy, protein, and carbohydrates I need in order to get the most out of my workout and help me achieve my goals.

Ingredients:
Serving of protein powder
¼ tablespoon maple syrup
2/3 cup cashew milk
½ cup gluten-free oats
1 banana (to top)

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients (except for banana) to a mason jar, and mix.
2. Put in the refrigerator, and allow to chill overnight.
3. The next day, top with banana slices and enjoy!

 

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