I actually like oatmeal, and often eat it plain. But when I want a tastier version of oatmeal without loading on the butter, milk, and sugar to make it taste better, I doctor it up with tasty alternatives that still keep the healthy integrity of oatmeal as a whole.
When I want sweeter oatmeal, I cook it with vanilla soy milk (I like Silk) instead of water. I then add a teaspoon or so of honey, stir it up, and have a delicious meal sans butter, sugar, or regular milk. I also like to add in banana and stir that in as well instead of honey sometimes, simply by placing a whole banana in the microwave for a minute and scooping in the warm banana mush into my oatmeal. Simply delicious.
Yogurt is great mixed in with oatmeal as well, and is a great way to feel fuller longer and boost the digestion in the body. Simply cook oatmeal like normal with water, and add a container of your low-fat yogurt (I like peach and strawberry banana) into the oatmeal, mix it in, and enjoy. It gives a creamy texture to the oatmeal without adding a lot of unnecessary sweetener, and keeps you full for a long time.
I don’t like apples as a rule, but I love unsweetened applesauce (I add a dash of cinnamon) in my oatmeal. It makes it taste a lot like a cinnamon apple muffin, and really puts the winter blues at bay. When cooking your oatmeal with water, add a jar of unsweetened applesauce and a dash or so of cinnamon to taste, for a yummy breakfast the whole family can enjoy. Or, add thin slices of apple to cooking oatmeal for a slightly crunchy addition to your breakfast that is delicious and healthy.
Sometimes I like oatmeal for lunch or dinner. For this, I make a saltier version of oatmeal by cooking oatmeal with water and then adding half a cup of cottage cheese (low-fat). I then add fresh chopped garlic and parsley, and often add fresh chopped spinach and add pepper to taste (I like a lot of pepper). It’s oddly tasty, and a heartier version of oatmeal that is perfect for lunch or dinner, especially on cool days where soups and stews are typical cooking ideas.
However you choose to eat oatmeal, be creative! Nearly any healthy food can be added to oatmeal (like carrots and raisins, which is a nice change up) to make oatmeal just delicious without all the sugar, butter, and milk. Even if you just eat oatmeal the traditional way, substituting honey for the sugar, and soy milk for regular milk can make a big impact on your body’s health when you eat oatmeal.