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Sweet & Savory Oatmeal Bowls

January 6, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Like many, it is one of my resolutions to try and to eat healthier this year. Although, I think that there is a healthy way to change your diet and that doesn’t include cutting out everything that you love to eat. My rules? Or guidelines should I say…

 

1. Eat what you want, when you want it. If you are having a craving, satisfy that craving. Just be smart about it. If you want a donut, go get yourself a donut! Don’t go get a dozen and snack on them throughout the day. Which leads me to my next guideline…

 

2. Use MODERATION! I’m telling you guys… moderation is KEY. When you are filling your plate, put a regular amount of food. Don’t put so much that even you know you won’t be able to finish it (girls) or you know it will make your stomach hurt (guys). But also use moderation when it comes to what you are eating – if you got a quesadilla from Taco Bell for lunch, don’t get McDonalds for dinner. If you ate a donut for breakfast, maybe consider a salad for lunch?

 

3. Take a breather. When you eat slowly, it gives your body time to recognize that you are full. If you finish your meal before your natural satiety signals kick it, you keep on eating and next thing you know… you’re extremely overstuffed and uncomfortable. Eating slowly not only aids in healthy digestion, but it also allows you to enjoy the food more and feel much more satisfied with each meal.

 

4. Eat often. Eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. Don’t only allow yourself 3 meals a day – this typically leads to you overstuffing yourself with high-caloric food to ensure you will remain satisfied throughout the day. Eating little bits throughout the day not only satisfies your hunger but also keeps your metabolism running and provides your body with a steady stream of energy.  

 

Wow. I wasn’t planning on giving you guys a whole spiel on healthy eating. I am not dietician or nutritionist by any means. In fact, I am always needing to work on my own habits. But I have found that when I actually follow the above guidelines, I feel good and am able to maintain a healthy weight.

 

My initial intent for this post was to tell you about breakfast (healthy breakfast) and how important I think it is to get your day started off right. It allows me to stay fuller longer and it provides me with much more energy. But your options can get boring, right? You also probably would rather get a couple more minutes of sleep than save time for cooking. Well, this post about oatmeal could really save your day! Both options are super delicious, extremely versatile, they’re both easy AND you can make them ahead! 

SWEET & SAVORY OATMEAL BOWLS

Yield: 3-4 servings              Cook Time: 20 minutes

 

Feel free to get super creative with either of these recipes – you can alter your toppings to satisfy whatever you are craving!

 

Make Ahead --- the recipe below makes about 3 servings or 4 smaller ones. I personally split it up into 4 because I use so many toppings. Make this recipe for yourself and store the remaining servings in the fridge to eat throughout the week.

 

 Sweet Oatmeal Bowl topped with yogurt, fruit and granola (that little extra crunch is perfect)

 Savory Oatmeal Bowl topped with avocado, labneh, a jammy egg, arugula, fresh parsley, diced scallions, hot sauce & flakey salt 

 

INGREDIENTS

Sweet Oatmeal Bowls

1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats

1 cup water

2 cups vanilla almond milk*

½ tsp. kosher salt

2-4 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. flax seed**

Optional Toppings: Greek or regular yogurt, granola, fruit, coconut, nuts, etc.

 

Savory Oatmeal Bowls  

1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Optional Toppings: jammy egg, arugula, labneh, scallions, fresh herbs, hot sauce, avocado, flakey salt, etc.

 

DIRECTIONS

Sweet Oatmeal Bowls

Combine the water and almond milk in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil.

Stir in the oats, flax seed and salt and bring back to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the oats until all of the liquid has absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.

Remember to keep stirring every now and then so the oats don’t stick to the bottom. Stir in brown sugar at the end.

Serve the oats in a bowl and top with whichever toppings you prefer!

 

Savory Oatmeal Bowls

Bring the broth of your choice to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan.

Stir in the oats and salt and bring back to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook and the oats until all of the liquid has absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.

Remember to keep stirring every now and then so the oats don’t stick to the bottom.

Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until it is all melted, creamy and delicious.

Serve the oats in a bowl and top with whichever toppings you prefer!

 

NOTES

*You can use any type of milk that you prefer – I personally like the sweetness that the vanilla almond milk provides.

**This is optional; however, flaxseeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids (“good” fat and fiber) and ground flaxseed is super easy to mask in things like oatmeal and smoothies.

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