A few simple steps:The first step (the oats) is the quickest: start by boiling one cup of water, adding a pinch of salt, and then pouring in the oats. Lower the heat to medium and then allow to cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Once finished, add in the maple syrup for a little sweetener and stir to distribute.
Oatmeal on its own is always a great breakfast staple, but who doesn't love a little variety? Decorating each bowl with some edible adornments is the best part of any breakfast! I tend to prefer mixing in whatever berries I have on hand—in this case, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries—but the combinations are endless. Slice up a banana for your daily dose of potassium, throw in some pomegranate seeds, or forego the fruit altogether and stick to a nuttier base. Walnuts or pecans are both great sources of good fats and add a great crunch to the bowl. Other popular additions pack the nutrients into much smaller vessels—chia, hemp, and sunflower seeds are all great to mix in, because they incorporate easily with the oats and are chock full of nutrients! Take a look at one of our past recipes featuring chia (chia breakfast cups—yum!), where we talked about the origin of the chia seed and why so many people in ancient civilizations carried them as fuel during long trips!
Whatever you end up deciding, take this opportunity to mix and match—hen you experiment with some different flavors and fruits, you'll be creating a healthy medley of nutrients, where each ingredient adds its own flair to a simple bowl of oatmeal. Enjoy!