Instead of sugar, try putting half a teaspoon of honey into one-half cup of oats. It adds the sweet flavor but also adds vitamins. Experiment with using as little honey as possible to help cut back on unnecessary sweets. You can get the sweet taste from fruits, too. Raisins, fresh apples and bananas all make great additions to oatmeal.
Add some healthy fats and a protein boost by including nuts. Crushed walnuts add a great flavor and texture to oatmeal and help that morning meal go a little further with the extra protein.
You can make your oatmeal in the microwave, in just one minute of cooking time. Instead of water, try adding milk for a little more nutrition and a richer flavor. Add fruits, nuts and milk before cooking, but wait until after it is cooked to add the sweet. My favorite oatmeal also includes a sprinkling of cinnamon after it has cooked – delicious!
You can save quite a bit of money, not to mention garbage waste, by using rolled oats to make your oatmeal instead of the premade packets. Give it a try – you will probably enjoy the taste quite a bit more, and the savings are great too.