Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is awesome. You can combine tons of different foods and spices with oatmeal.

What to add to oatmeal

Spices:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger

Supplements:

  • Psyllium
  • Wheat germ
  • Flax seeds
  • Protein powder

Fruit:

  • Apple, diced
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Raisins

Other:

  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Nut butter

Different Types of Oatmeal

Quick Oats

Quick oats are rolled, and pressed quite thin. Pre-packaged, flavored oatmeal usually consists of quick oats. The selling point is that they'll cook in just 30 seconds or so. But practically speaking it's just as quick to cook 'old-fashioned' oats (see below).

Some say that quick oats are less healthy than other forms of oats, because they are more highly processed.

Old-Fashioned Oats

Old-fashioned oats are similar in appearance to quick oats. They're sold in the same type of containers, usually at the same prices, and at a glance look the same as quick oats. However, they are thicker and have a noticeably different texture from quick oats.

Steel-Cut Oats

Steel-cut oats are the least processed form of oatmeal. They take longer to cook and don't have the same appearance as rolled oats (they look much more like raw oats). They also have a distinct, nuttier flavor than the other varieties.