When the cold weather comes, the appeal of a cold smoothie first thing in the morning starts to droop. Sure, the flavors are still lovely, but eating something cold when you’re already feeling chilly makes for a tough start to the morning. That said, when you don’t have a huge amount of time in the morning, it’s easy to think that the only thing you can make before you go is a bowl of instant oatmeal. This is nice on occasion but most of us would prefer a bit of variety.
The following are some fantastic alternatives to regular instant oatmeal on a day when you want to feel full and toasty throughout the winter mornings:
• Stuffed sweet potatoes – This may sound like it’s lengthy and complex, but the majority of it is cooked the day before, slashing the time needed to get it done. Stab a sweet potato several times with a fork, then microwave it until it is tender all the way through. Then, refrigerate overnight. The next day, cut the sweet potato in half and scoop out the insides and mash them. Mix them in a bowl with an egg and microwave, stopping to stir it frequently until the egg is cooked. Mix tomatoes and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese to the mix and return the filling to the sweet potato skins, heating the whole thing in the microwave until warm.
• Breakfast Polenta – Polenta is a kind of porridge dish made from cornmeal instead of oats. Prepare it and add a poached egg on top, as well as some tomatoes heated up with some green onions in a pan or in the microwave.
• Warm smoothie bowl – Have you fallen in love with the idea of a smoothie bowl? With a small tweak to the ingredients, it can be just as lovely warm as it is cold. Moreover, it tastes much better on a cold morning than a traditional cold dish.
• Over-the-top oatmeal – You may not want any more instant oatmeal but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a super-healthy, extra tasty form of the dish. Prepare a batch of steel cut oats the night before. Portion it out and freeze extras so you can easily warm them up for future breakfasts. The next morning, reheat the oats with a splash of almond milk, almond slices, pure cocoa powder and fresh or frozen strawberry slices. This is fantastic for satisfying a sweet tooth as well as providing yourself with a nutrient-dense, filling and delicious meal.