Oatmeal. Yes, Oatmeal.

Oatmeal gets a bum rap. When people hear “oatmeal,” they think of gummy sludge glued to the bottom of a pot, doled out by a sullen cook, but it doesn’t have to be that way. When done right, oatmeal is downright delicious. It’s an amazingly filling food that you can layer with tons of flavors (oatmeal parfait anyone?) and tailor to fit your mood.

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The first step to good oatmeal, is giving up on instant oatmeal. Those little “brown sugar” or “apple spice” flavored packets aren’t going to cut it. Instead, pick up some Steel Cut quick cook oats. The health difference between steel cut and rolled oats is minimal, but the difference in taste and texture is huge. It’s very easy to make rolled oats gummy, it’s much harder to overcook steel cut oats, hence my recommendation.

Anywho, I buy quick cook stovetop oats, but cook them in the microwave because I don’t like having to clean a pot every morning. If you use the microwave, keep a close eye on it as oatmeal as a tendency of “boiling” over and making a huge sticky mess everywhere that is even worse to clean than a pot.

When I’m feeling indulgent I have my oatmeal with a ton of butter and brown sugar. Most days, I go a more healthy route and mix in some peanut butter, banana, and blueberries, and top it all off with a generous drizzle of honey.

However you decide to make it, you’ll be full till lunch, saving you from snacking. It’s delicious, nutritious, and much heartier than that kale shake that actually makes you hungrier.

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