In summer I live on smoothies for breakfast, but in winter that is just too cold for me. I have been having this oatmeal everyday for the last couple of weeks. It is warming and the best thing is it is a very quick and easy recipe, even if you don’t have to take it to go. I take it to work everyday, fill a jar or container with all the ingredients except for the water. Then whenever I am ready to eat it I pour in the water and wait a couple of minutes for the oats to set.
Oats are perfect for breakfast or any time of the day for that matter. They are a great energy booster because oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates and protein. A study by International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2006 found that eating a low glycemic meal, such as this oatmeal recipe, prior to a run gives you a better endurance. Oats are also high in fiber, one cup of oats contains around 5 grams of fiber which is around 20% of the daily recommended intake for women and 15% for men.
I have added chia seeds to this recipe because when water is added to the seeds they soak up the water and form a gelatinous coating around them. This unique aspect helps the oatmeal get an oatmeal density without actually cooking the oatmeal. But it is not the only benefit of the chia seeds they are a great source of omega 3, calcium, they are high in fiber and in protein (2 tbsp contain around 4 grams).
As said, this recipe is a very fast breakfast to go, but of course you can also enjoy it at home.
- 1 cup of oats
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Fresh or frozen fruit
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- Coconut sugar/agave syrup/maple syrup to taste
- 1 cup of hot water (boiling)
- Put al the ingredients in an airtight container (to-go) or in a bowl
- Top with hot water
- Stir and add more water if needed