I am a newbie to WW and while I’m eating whole grain cereal I would love to find a way to love oatmeal :) I think it would keep my full longer however I just can’t get myself to like it! I feel I’ve tried it a couple of different ways and it seems to be a texture/consistency issue. Is there a way I haven’t tried that will make ME love oatmeal? I know it would be a better choice for me… HELP!
I love this question! You’re enthusiasm to try something new and like it despite not liking it is hysterical to me. I can tell you are trying so hard to make better choices and that’s SO AWESOME!
I’m a recent oatmeal lover. It wasn’t until I started making oatmeal for the toddler (when he was a baby) that I even had an interest in it. For some reason when I was feeding him his baby oatmeal the smell just seemed appetizing. I’m not sure why. It never did before. So I purchased some Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon. I’ve always been a cinnamon girl, so why not?
Well, I found it to be alright. If I made it thicker by using less water it was better. I’m definitely NOT a fan of soupy oatmeal. Then one day I put apple sauce in it and fell in love. I called it Apple Pie Oatmeal and it was my gateway oatmeal dish. :)
At that time it was really the only way I ate oatmeal. Then I bought one of these canisters of "Quick Oats". Funny thing was I really didn’t know what to do with it. So I made things with the oatmeal instead of making oatmeal, like
It became my filler over traditional white breadcrumbs. I found that using it with ground turkey especially helped the lean meat stay moist.
All this is probably not helping you Katie. Sorry, sometimes I get side track. :) I did start experimenting with others way to use oatmeal for a more traditional breakfast. Especially because I didn’t want to be dependent on the packets that were more expensive and choc full of stuff my body didn’t really need. So I made up my owned flavored options like…
- Creamy Berry Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Green Tea Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Almonds
- Berry-licious Pomegranate Oatmeal
Recently I decided to move up the oatmeal latter to "Rolled Oats" also known as "Old Fashioned" oats. Making… Old Fashioned Blueberry Oatmeal and my new Homemade Apple Pie Oatmeal to replace the kind made with instant.
My next step is brave the world of Steel Cut Oats. In case you are wonder about the different types of oatmeal this is taken from WHFoods…
- Steel-cut oats: featuring a dense and chewy texture, they are produced by running the grain through steel blades that thinly slices them.
- Old-fashioned oats: have a flatter shape that is the result of their being steamed and then rolled.
- Quick-cooking oats: processed like old-fashioned oats, except they are cut finely before rolling
- Instant oatmeal: produced by partially cooking the grains and then rolling them very thin. Oftentimes, sugar, salt and other ingredients are added to make the finished product.
Popular belief is the Steel Cuts are the "best" as it is the least processed. I say you just need to start somewhere and it sounds like you’re trying!
In case none of my oatmeal ideas sounds appetizing check out these awesome ideas from around the blogosphere…
- Multi-Grain Oatmeal
- Alanna’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal
- Baked Banana Oatmeal
- Best-Ever Oatmeal Bread
- Oatmeal Expresso
I hope that gives you some ideas Katie. Thanks so much for your question!
OK, who’s got other ideas for Katie?