15 September 2022Thursday, 4:20 p.m.
The easiest and fastest way to enjoy oatmeal in the morning is to soak it in milk or yogurt overnight – easy, simple and saves a lot of time in the morning
Looking for a quick and easy breakfast that’s filling and healthy, many people turn to oatmeal. This dish solves many problems, including saving us time spent cooking. The easiest and fastest way to enjoy oatmeal in the morning is to soak it in milk or yogurt overnight – easy, simple and saves a lot of time in the morning. But such oatmeal is very easy to spoil.
The right oatmeal
It’s important to make sure you choose the type of grain that will enhance the dish, not spoil it.
There are usually three main types of oats you’ll find in the grocery store: whole grain, instant, and grain. To the casual observer, they may all look the same, but depending on what you’re cooking, the right kind of oats makes a big difference. For example, if you soak it overnight, then it is better to use only husks, since other types are not suitable for this purpose.
Adding too much (or too little) liquid
Once you have selected the oats, you need to stir them into the liquid. Unfortunately, a common mistake that people often make has to do with the ratio of oats to liquid. Nuts should be soaked overnight both for flavor and to get rid of the raw texture that can cause an upset stomach.
The question here is not so much which liquid you choose, but the amount you add. To get a thick consistency that isn’t too runny or runny, aim for a one-to-one ratio.
Add all ingredients at once
Overnight oats can be topped with a variety of toppings, including fruit, nuts and sweeteners. However, it is better not to drop all the ingredients at once. In the evening, add syrup or jam so that the oatmeal is not tasteless, and in the morning – nuts and fruits.
The flakes are not soaked long enough
Allow plenty of time for the oats to mix with your liquid of choice before consuming. If you cook oatmeal at night, then at least 12 hours should pass, but if you choose instant oats – only 5 minutes.
You forget to stir everything before eating
In particular, this applies to flakes that have been soaked overnight. Remember that they remain unmixed for several hours, so the taste will be uneven. To enjoy a healthy breakfast, you need to mix it thoroughly. This helps to get an even distribution of flavor and ingredients. Also, the oats can better absorb the liquid they’ve been sitting in for a few hours with extra stirring.
Using the wrong container
When it comes to cooking your favorite meal, the tools used to get the job done are just as important as the ingredients. You need to make sure that you are using the correct container for cooking oats. If you’re eating breakfast on the go, look for containers that come with a secure, airtight lid. Pay attention to models with an extended neck – this will facilitate mixing. Avoid poor quality plastics and poorly colored ceramics.
You forget to add salt
Oats are usually associated with something sweet rather than salty, but don’t forget to add salt to your cereal. It tends to enhance other flavors and added in small amounts will not turn sweet oatmeal into savory.
You do not use additional ingredients
Overnight-soaked oats are inherently versatile, and their variations depend a lot on both the liquid they’re steeped in and the flavor additions. Many people use just milk or yogurt and a little topping. Banana slices can be added to this oatmeal for more flavor and sweetness. If there are apples, they can be grated into a mixture of oatmeal and liquid before leaving everything overnight. This healthy trick will allow you to include more fruits in your diet.
Do not add chia seeds
Another great ingredient to add to oatmeal is chia seeds by simply mixing them with cereal and milk before chilling. They are rich in protein, fiber (both insoluble and soluble) and omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds absorb the liquid they are added to like oats. They can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water. This ability of theirs will help you feel fuller for longer.
Another benefit of including chia seeds is that they have almost no taste. This allows them to be used in all oat recipes as they will pair well with any other ingredients.
Laura Kostova, editor-in-chief of happy-woman.bg