Oatmeal, at one point the most popular breakfast food in the United States, seems to have fallen out of fashion in recent years. However, it is more important to eat oats as part of your daily routine now than it ever was before. Oats are one of the most belly friendly foods you can eat, helping you slim down and lose belly fat quickly.
However, if you are too busy to make oats in the morning, try overnight oats. A few minutes of prep before bed results in tasty, healthy oatmeal that you can eat straight from the refrigerator.
When you make any of these recipes, store your mixture in a sealed mason jar or Tupperware container. Use equal parts of milk or yogurt to oats—for example, 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of oats.
There’s nothing quite as refreshing in the morning as the taste of blueberries. Mix your oats with 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seed, 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.
This oatmeal recipe combines the sweetness of fresh strawberries with the fiber of chia seeds. Mash 1/3 a banana and mix it with your oats/milk mixture. Add 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 2 tablespoons nuts, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
You can count on strong flavors with this recipe, since it uses cocoa or chocolate protein powder and chia seeds.
This recipe combines the flavors of hazelnuts, apricots and prunes, apple juice, and cherries.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
For oatmeal that tastes like dessert, use both yogurt and almond milk in your oats. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and apple pie spice. Add 2 tablespoons of honey for sweetness.
Green Smoothie Oats
Combine your daily smoothie with your oats. After blending a green smoothie with ingredients like spinach, kale, and any fruit of your choice, simply mix the smoothie into your oats.
Lemon and Honey Oats
This tart oats recipe helps you wake up in the morning. You only need a few ingredients beyond your oats and milk. To your oats mixture, add 1 teaspoon each of lemon zest and lemon juice. You also add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Coconut Pomegranate Oats
This recipe is incredibly simple. All you do is stir fresh pomegranate seeds, a bit of pomegranate juice, and a pinch of coconut extract to your oats and milk.
Strawberries and Cream Oats
For strawberries and cream oats, swap out your milk for whole milk or coconut milk. Add finely chopped strawberries.
Apple Cinnamon Oats
To turn your overnight oats into apple cinnamon oats, just add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and one handful of finely diced apples.
Gingerbread Chocolate Oats
This bowl of oats allows you to enjoy Christmas flavors all year long. Your add-ins for this are 1/8 cup chia seeds, 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Your last mix-in is 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oats
If you prefer your breakfast to taste like dessert, this healthy chocolate oats recipe is good for you. To your oats mixture, add 1 ripe banana, 1 cup pumpkin puree, 4 tablespoons chocolate peanut butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Add 1 tablespoon or more of maple syrup.
Blueberry Cashew Oats
This oats recipe requires 1 tablespoon each flaxseeds and chia seeds. Add 1/2 a mashed banana and 1/2 cup of blueberries.
Peanut Butter Banana Oats
With 1 large spoonful of peanut butter and a mashed banana, these oats are very creamy and smooth.
This Site Was Inspired By An Interest in Protecting the Environment:
We had the privilege and joy of learning from Dr. Charlie Stine who instilled a love for the natural world through incredible field trips with the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Certificate program in Environmental Studies. At the time, the program was endorsed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Sadly, after Dr. Stine retired, the program was phased out. We hope that we honor his legacy by shining a bright light on environmental issues and sharing good news about the success of various conservation programs when possible.
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