Try oatmeal: a delicious way to start your day

One of the best things in life is to be able to enjoy food without worrying about its ‘repercussions’. If you’re thinking that’s not possible because ‘healthy food’ is never delicious, I am here to prove you wrong, with a bowl of oatmeal.

There are numerous benefits from this wholesome food. It not only contains many nutrients such as fibre, manganese and magnesium, it is also rich in antioxidants which helps to reduce blood pressure. The list of health benefits is endless but what’s even more appealing about oatmeal is its simplicity and flexibility in creating an effortless yet delicious breakfast treat.

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How simple? Well, there are only two layers to a bowl of oatmeal, the base and the topping. The base of the oatmeal can be made with 5 simple ingredients: Old-Fashioned oats, banana slices, water and milk. The measurements you’ll need for a serving is a medium-sized banana, and the rest of ingredients in the same ratio of half a cup (less if you’re a small eater). Slice up the bananas (leaving aside a few) and dump them along with the base ingredients into a pot, give it a good stir while you cook it over low to medium heat. Definitely don’t go crazy with the oats if it’s your first time trying as it will plump up after being soaked in liquid. How would you know if the oatmeal is done? Once the consistency has thickened to your taste, it’s done! Of course, I would recommend going for a thicker consistency which would give you a creamier texture.

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Now, we’ve come to the final step and that’s the topping. Here, you can unleash your creativity, and fill that bowl of oatmeal with all your favourite fruits, nuts and cereal! I recommend stirring in a dash of cinnamon, and add a good spoonful of nut butter for extra flavour. If you want to sweeten it up, honey or maple syrup are great options! The saltiness from the nut butter and natural sweetness from the banana combined is a match made in heaven, and something you certainly would not expect from a bowl of oatmeal. Often, I also crave for something chocolaty and that calls for a spoonful of cocoa powder to a serving of oatmeal as you cook it.

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Oatmeal: easy to cook, customisable to your liking, and simply irresistible.

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