7 Oatmeal Toppings to Use This Winter and Why

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7 oatmeal toppings to use This winter and why

Do you love breakfast? I do!

But mornings can often be hectic and rushed. Some days it's hard to whip something up quickly and not every day you can have a relaxing, leisurely breakfast... I get it (hello, mum of 2 ;) ). Wake up, warm up, shower, hair, kids, coffee, kids, dog, train, office...

And, then it comes the nutrition side of things:

+ how do we make sure we eat something filling and healthy to kick off the day?

+ something that will boost our immune system in the colder months?

+ do you know that what you eat as your first meal will often set your day (energy levels, mental awareness, cravings, mood... etc.).?

Nutrient-dense foods

Especially when we're short on time, it's important to eat foods that offer the most amount of nutrients in the smallest serving. That's why I love nutrient-dense foods and superfoods! They're often easy to prepare and incorporate into your diet. The below list includes some fantastic topping ideas for porridge, overnight oats or smoothie bowls. Focus on including these foods in your daily diet - it will provide your body with necessary nutrients to have a powerful day ahead.

Here’re my favorite toppings to use this winter:

  1. Hemp seeds - GREAT FOR: protein, Omega 3. It's one of my favorite seeds (read more here)! They have the perfect ratio of fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9 for the human body. Also, a super rich protein source. Aim for: 1-2 tablespoons.

  2. Raw cacao nibs - GREAT FOR: antioxidants, magnesium, iron, zinc, fiber (seriously, it's a powerhouse). Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidant of any food in the world. How's that for a superfood! Magnesium's responsible for many reactions in our body, mainly for healthy bones, heart, metabolism and for relaxing muscles. Aim for: 1-3 tablespoons.

  3. Bee pollen - GREAT FOR: immunity, protein, B vitamins. Not many know that bee pollen is considered the richest source of protein in nature! Thanks to B vitamin, this topping is also powerful in fighting off stress and aging. (psssst - if you haven't tried bee pollen before, start with a small amount of 1/4 teaspoon and work up from there). Aim for: 1/2 - 1 tablespoon.

  4. Walnuts - GREAT FOR: Omega 3, folate and a healthy gut. Unlike other nuts, these guys are especially rich in polyunsaturated fats, which are mainly Omega 3 and Omega 6. This contributes to a healthier heart and overall health. Also, walnuts have been found to support healthy gut, as they 'feed' the good bacteria of our microbiome. Aim for: 10-12 halves.

  5. Pumpkin seeds - GREAT FOR: zinc, vitamin E. Zinc boosts our immune system, which is especially important during the colder months. This mighty topping will also help to regulate insulin levels (stable blood sugars) and add extra healthy fat into our diet. A tip: try them slightly roasted, divine! :) Aim for: 1-3 tablespoons.

  6. Pomegranate - GREAT FOR: antioxidants, folate, vitamin C and potassium. Great taste, vibrant color and juiciness that works perfectly on a creamy porridge. They can be a pain to prepare, but so worth the effort! They're also relatively low in sugar, but packed with many minerals and have super high antioxidant levels. Aim for: you can be generous! Usually up to 1/2 cup.

  7. Cinnamon - GREAT FOR: leveling blood sugar, healthy glowing skin, taste. It is best known for lowering your blood sugar levels and anti-acne properties. It is also a very powerful antioxidant. It has great natural antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties, so it can help to fight minor infections. Added bonus: it naturally tastes sweet, so it's easier to cut down the amount of other sweet toppings! A tip: if you have extra time, sautee sliced banana or apple with cinnamon and use the lush combo as a topping - amazing :) Aim for: 1 teaspoon.

How to eat them?

Each one of them is absolutely delicious alone or you can mix and match a few of them. Check out some inspirations here or on my Instagram!

What are your favorite ways to eat porridge? Share some inspiration and ideas over on Instagram!