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Oats for Breakfast

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Oats for Breakfast

Like so many parents, I've struggled with self-care since having kids. While I don't have huge chunks of time to do things just for myself, there are small ways that I try to practice self-care. One of those ways is through taking time to feed myself nutrient-dense foods. There are so many delicious oatmeal combinations that I promise you won't be bored! 

The beauty of feeding yourself well is that you are also doing something for your child(ren). You are setting an example of how to nurture yourself with healthy foods, you are modeling healthy eating habits, AND you are fueling yourself with energizing foods giving you more stamina for life with kids.

It's so easy to skip breakfast, but I strongly recommend you not do this for multiple reasons. Skipping breakfast can cause you to get too hungry later, which can result in just grabbing something convenient (and not necessarily healthy) when your blood sugar drops. I know I will cram just about anything into my mouth when my blood sugar gets too low! Eating breakfast will help prevent a blood sugar crash, so that your mood is more even throughout the morning. You wouldn't send your kids to school without breakfast, so why skip it yourself?!

One of my favorite ways to quickly fuel myself in the morning is with a bowl of oatmeal. Oats are high in fiber, help control blood sugar, can lower cholesterol, provide antioxidants, rich in vitamins and minerals, and promote healthy digestion. Oats don't have to be boring or lacking in flavor! It's actually mostly about the condiments for me anyways! Oats are so quick to make, and they'll get you through your morning feeling satisfied. My kids also love them, so I often double this recipe so I'm not left with only a couple of bites!

One note on oats is that it's really important to buy organic oats, if you can. Oats are heavily sprayed with pesticides, which is no way to start your morning! You can read more about testing done on children's cereal, including whole oats, and which brands showed the lowest amounts of glyphosate (not all organic brands are created equal!). 

Recipe Ideas (1 serving)
1/2 cup of organic oats
1 cup of water
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel pot, bring to a boil, simmer for ~10 minutes (add more water, if needed). 

Now that you have your oatmeal base, you can customize it to the weather, your mood, or what's on hand in the kitchen!

Sweetener Options
Maple syrup (my favorite!)
Honey (local, if possible)
Coconut sugar
Brown sugar

Protein Options
Milk of your choice
Chopped walnuts, almonds, or nut of your choice
Peanut butter (with no sugar or palm oil)
Almond butter
Hemp hearts
Chia seeds
Flax seeds (can grind them in a separate coffee grinder)

Topping Options
Berries of any kind (fresh, frozen, or warmed up)
Bananas
Raisins or other dried fruit 
Fresh mango
Stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines)
Cinnamon
Baked apples
Cocoa powder

What are your favorite ways to eat oats? I'd love you to share!

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