I grew up on porridge. That creamy bowl of goodness was my regular breakfast (and often a late-night snack too.) When I moved to the USA, over thirty years ago, I was a little underwhelmed by their oatmeal. So, I'd like to shed a little light on the different types of oats — and let you decide who the winner is!
Meet The Players
How to make the perfect bowl of oats (and what NOT to do)
Ultimately, it comes down to individual taste, but here are some tips that can take your oats up a notch:
Delicious Additions and Tasty Toppings
Although fruits and nuts are the typical toppings, oatmeal is known for playing well with others. So, although I usually keep mine pretty simple (with sliced bananas and dates), feel free to be adventurous. If you like something, throw it on! Some of the more unusual additions I've seen are soft boiled eggs, feta cheese, cream cheese, avocado, and smoked salmon. I'd love to hear what you've tried and loved (or hated — so we can all avoid it!)
Oats are Healthy - However You Cut Them.
The good news is that all oats are good for you. And just like other 100% whole grains, they're an excellent source of nutrition and essential fiber. I've already picked my winner, but there really isn't a loser when you're choosing real, whole food. And I am happy to confirm that my insistence that UK oats are creamier wasn't just in my imagination!
Although I have no formal education in nutrition, I've been researching this subject for over forty years. Healthy eating is my passion, and I love to share what's worked so well for me.