Cheerios! I’m back with another healthy breakfast idea. I was watching alot of health and fitness videos on YouTube lately and I figured that the lesser cooking and preparation the recipe involved, more nutrients from the natural food source would be retained. For instance, fruit and green salads does not involve much cooking. Fruits and vegetables are best eaten raw if not slightly boiled to soften it for us to chew on easily.
So these days, I try my best to eat fruits and vegetables raw if possible. For breakfast, instead of boiling apples with oatmeal, I would add freshly chopped apples directly with the cooked oatmeal. This is because the apples itself isn’t that hard or tough to chew upon, so there isn’t a need to boil it just to soften the apples. Eat it fresh. Right now, I prefer to eat freshly chopped apples with oatmeal and walnuts just for that extra added crunch.
I found some raisins and cranberries in the fridge that morning so I just topped my cooked oatmeal with some of those sweet little things and a teaspoon of honey.
4 tablespoons of rolled oats
(An excellent source of dietary fibre,iron and thiamine)
Chopped slices of apples
(It is rich in antioxidants and contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene)
(It is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and Vitamin E)
(Good source of Vitamin A)
( Good source of dietary fibre)
1 teaspoon of honey
( It consists of vitamins like B6 and niacin and minerals like iron and magnesium)
I chose rolled oats over instant oats as the nutritional value for rolled oats are higher. Rolled oats or old-fashioned oats are whole grains rolled into flakes while instant oats are refined rolled oats which processed to improve taste and texture. If the reason why you paid for instant oats at the supermarket counter is because it’s ‘instant’, then do drop that can or packet of instant oats instantly because rolled oats don’t take long to be cooked. For me, I simply add boiling water over the oats and let it soak for about 3 to 5 mins. That’s it. It’s cooked and it’s soft and creamy. You don’t even need to microwave or boil it.
Once your oatmeal porridge is ready, sweeten it up with natural sweeteners like raisins or honey. Toss in some fruit chunks like sliced bananas or apples for that added taste, fibre and vitamins. For me, I like to dust some cinnamon powder over the slices apples or bananas. It tasted almost like dessert to me now.
Nothing beats a good and healthy breakfast like oatmeal with fruits.