Back in April I posted a picture of oats on Instagram with a caption about needing a quick breakfast to keep me happy & healthy and I felt like people really understood me. There are many mornings where I simply don’t eat breakfast because I wake up with a clear plan of how the day should go and I just want to get started, not fiddle with pots, pans and then the washing up that comes after. I’ve seen a lot of overnight oats on Pinterest and whilst the pictures look amazing, the texture of overnight oats is personally not for me. Thankfully fresh oats porridge, literally takes 5 minutes to cook once the water or milk has boiled.
At the moment I believe it still widely believed that oats are healthy, although one can never know since the rules are always switching: one minute drink 8 glasses of water a day, the next minute we’re told water companies funded that research so it’s not true, then everyone should use coconut oil and now we’re told actually maybe not. The point is don’t follow every trend and certainly don’t go obsessive with anything, all things in moderation I say 🙂
One thing I can say from experience is that when I have a bowl of oats I only need a small amount to feel full for quite a while. Apparently this is because oats “slows down the emptying of the stomach and increase production of the satiety hormone PYY, which is produced in the gut in response to eating” (said in my news-reading voice). Thought I’d throw a bit of science in there just in case you didn’t believe me.
Ultimately pretty food makes me happy, it means I enjoy my meal more especially when it actually tastes nice and if it only takes 5 minutes to get your day started right with fruits and healthy nutrients that will keep you full so you can focus on being the super hero you were born to be, then I am sure you can spare 5 minutes plus eating time. And for all my just turn vegan friends like Toni, use water or non-dairy milk instead of whole milk and I’m not sure if you’re allowed honey so you can use brown sugar.
Live, Love, Eat!
A quick recipe to get your day started
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 3 cups milk (or water)
- 2 tbsps honey (or brown sugar)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- fruit I used 1 banana, 1 kiwi, 2 strawberries and some blueberries
Put all the ingredients, except the fruit, in a pot.
Place pot on the stove on a high heat
Once boiling, turn the heat down to low, allowing the porridge to simmer for 5 minutes while you stir regularly in between slicing your fruit.
Once the porridge is cooked and relatively smooth put it into bowls and decorate with fruit before devouring.W
Using the notes in the ingredients this recipe can easily become suitable for vegans with water or non-dairy milk and brown sugar.