I’m putting the finishing touches on a talk I’m giving this Saturday (OMG! My first TALK!) to a group of moms who are interested in tips and tricks to help their families eat more healthfully. I’m going to break down an average day by meal time, so of course I’m starting with breakfast.
One really simple thing you can do to make breakfast healthier is to switch to a whole grain cereal. You want to find one that has at least five grams of fiber per serving.
One study showed that women who got at least one serving of whole grains a day—a cup of whole grain cold cereal, for example, or one slice of whole grain bread—weighed less and had slimmer waists than those who ate none.
Of course, cold cereal is EXPENSIVE! Have you noticed this? Plus, it’s almost always got added sugar and other stuff in. So your best choice is actually oatmeal.
You can buy plain rolled oats for around sixty-nine cents per pound—that comes out to about four cents per serving!—which is a lot cheaper than cold cereal, which can be thirty or forty cents per OUNCE. Don’t buy the instant flavored oatmeal, because that’s full of chemicals and sugar (and costs a lot more). You can add your own fruit and even a spoonful of sugar and it will still be much healthier.
Serve it with low fat milk for you and older kids, whole milk for young kids, and some fruit, and you’ve got a great, healthy, FAST breakfast.
Plain rolled oats—not even the instant kind—only take two–three minutes to cook in the microwave, so this really doesn’t take much more time than pouring a bowl of cereal.
And, by the way, if you’re not sitting down to eat breakfast, you probably should, because another study found that eating breakfast meant that women were far more likely to have a body mass index under 25, putting them comfortably in the healthy weight category.
But plain oatmeal? Yeah, that can get a little boring. So I’ve rounded up a MASSIVE list of fun (and healthy!) oatmeal recipes so that you will NEVER get bored!
55 Fun and Healthy Oatmeal Recipes
- My go-to favorite is oatmeal with sliced bananas, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple agave nectar.
- Don’t think you have time to make oatmeal in the morning? Try overnight oats in a jar.
- Baked Oatmeal for One
- Sugar Cookie Oatmeal
- Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Baked “Apple Pie” Oatmeal
- Never-Ending Oatmeal Bowl
- Vanilla Spice Oatmeal
- Frappuccino Oatmeal
- Healthy Mocha Oatmeal
- Vanilla Bean Rhubarb Oatmeal—Bonus: this one features rhubarb for seasonal spring eating!
- Strawberry Swiss Oatmeal—another seasonal recipe with strawberries!
- 5-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Oatmeal with Pumpkin Butter
- Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Crockpot Oatmeal
- Melted Banana Trick
- Coconut Peach Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding
- Irish Oatmeal with Agave Nectar
- Blueberry Muffin in a Bowl
- Banana Bread Oatmeal
- Steel-Cut Oats with Dates, Coconut, Cinnamon, and Pecans
- Chocolate-Strawberry Hugs Oatmeal
- Raw Oats with Strawberries & Almonds
- Chocolate-Cherry Bomb Oatmeal
- The Kitchen Sink Oatmeal
- Voluminous Oatmeal Trick
- Oatmeal-Raisin Pudding
- Mixed Berry Oatmeal Porridge
- Snickerdoodle Oatmeal
- Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Oatmeal
- Quick, Spiced Oatmeal
- Kozyshack-style Oatmeal Pudding
- PB Banana Power Oats
- Oatmeal with a tropical twist
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal
- Oatmeal & Cottage Cheese with Dates and Walnuts
- Chocolate Mudslide Oatmeal
- Cookie Dough Oatmeal
- Tim * Barnsley House Porridge with Whisky
- Peach Pie Oatmeal
- Date Nut Oatmeal
- Nectarine Oatmeal Topped with Caramelized Nectarines
- Green Coconut Oats
- Cinnamon Eggnog Oatmeal
- Coach Dean’s Blue Oatmeal Recipe
- Oatmeal Crème Brulee
- Apple-Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Baked Gingerbread Oatmeal
- Orange Cranberry Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Hot & Fruity Oatmeal
Whew! I bet there are more out there, this is just where I stopped. All of these can be made gluten-free if you be sure to buy gluten-free oats, and most can be made vegan by substituting your favorite non-dairy products.
So what do you think? Has this inspired you to give oatmeal for breakfast another try? Let me know in a comment below!