Oatmeal wakes up students to balanced meal



Oatmeal banana bread by Nabil Irshad

Nabil Irshad, Staff Reporter

Breakfast. Some eat it before the beginning of their day and others skip it. If you’re like me, you’ll say “I didn’t have enough time,” “I was in a hurry,”  or “I wasn’t hungry yet.” Your mental and physical performance won’t be good during the day until you eat something. If you have this problem or want to get an easy breakfast, you’ve come to the right place.

Oats are a great grain that has many vitamins and minerals fit for a hearty breakfast. Steel-cut oats are the least processed and cleanest. Followed by rolled oats which are a bit more processed but still better than instant oats– they’re kind of the middle ground. Lastly instant oats that are already cooked, the most processed all it takes is hot/warm water and it’s ready. 

Here are some things I do below:

I like to use steel-cut and rolled oats for an easy breakfast. I usually make it at night and leave it in the fridge so by the time I have to go I can take it easy and leave without having to do the whole process. Give it a try – they can be bland or incredibly versatile. The majority of recipes are simple and easy to make.

I believe that the topping you use can make or break your breakfast. What seems to me a good combo are fruits and nuts. You have the softness from the oats and a crisp/fresh flavor. 

Each bite is truly a treat. Here are some options: dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts or seeds like almonds, peanuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds. This can be sweetened using honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. There are many options to sweeten oatmeal. You can add a spice like cinnamon to give some more flavor.