Oatmeal and its pleasantries


Variety of oats that can be found at many grocery stores and have a lasting taste. photo credit: Alli Wiggins

Alexandra Wiggins

Oatmeal is one of the most nutritious and filling breakfasts to exist. This breakfast is gluten-free, whole grain and is an amazing source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. One may immediately think of the original types of microwavable-oatmeal such as Quaker Oats, Kodiak Oats and more. However, instead of purchasing these pre-made packets, rolled oats and steel cut oats are the best of the selection. 

If you purchase rolled oats, they usually come in a larger bag. The oats tend to not have any seasoning, leading them to be less flavorful. Some eaters enjoy no taste, but others, like me, like a little flavor or sweetness to add to this delicious treat. 

The oats can be eaten hot or cold depending on how one likes them. If you eat them hot, they are creamier and are easier to digest. Cold oats; however, have less flavor and have more of a spongy texture. It is recommended that one makes overnight oats to have a more consistent and thick texture. The instructions to make the overnight oats are shown below. 

There are various  flavors and different kinds of oats. Some may like something more sweet for breakfast while others may like a more savory taste. Oatmeal, miraculously, provides both of these options depending on the way one makes them. I personally like sweet oats. Sweet oats can be made by adding ingredients like honey, brown sugar, chocolate (milk or dark) and vanilla greek yogurt. Savory oats however can be topped with an overeasy egg, some hot sauce, an avocado and a pinch of salt.  All of these can be added as toppings after one heats up their oatmeal or takes it out of the refrigerator from the morning after overnight oats. 

Oats can be found at almost any store. Target, Whole Foods and Amazon usually have the best options and brands to choose from. For rolled oats, the best brands are “Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats”, “Good & Gather brand” and even “Quaker”. These same brands offer steel cut oats as well, which are just oats chopped up into smaller pieces rather than rolled oats and instant oats, which are larger. 

If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast that is also quite filling, oatmeal is a fine source. Toppings such as fruit, granola, hazelnut spread, peanut butter or maple syrup are highly recommended as well. 

Steps to making overnight oats: 

  1. Get 1-2 cups of your favorite rolled or steel cut oats and pour them into a medium saucepan. 
  2. Get 3-4 cups of water and pour it into the oats mixture over a stove. Turn the stove on high and bring the water and oats to a boil. 
  3. Add salt if desired. 
  4. Once the oats are boiling, cover the mixture with a top and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  5. Once the oats are done, they should be of a creamier, thicker consistency. Put the oats in a tupperware container and store them in the fridge overnight. 
  6. The next morning, take the oats out, and put a desired amount into a bowl.
  7. Add ½ cup of milk and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.