According to the new book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, those who eat oatmeal for breakfast are 20-30% happier throughout the day than those who eat a meaty meal of bacon and eggs. The reason? Regular, steel-cut oatmeal that’s been slow-cooked will give your brain more tryptophan, which can increase happiness, and omega-3 fatty acids, which acts as a very good antidepressant. Fantastic! I’m a fan of morning oats and can honestly say I love them best with a splash of maple syrup and a dribble of cream. Then I take the leftovers and turn them into our favourite leftover oatmeal muffins, which everyone seems to love.
If you’re looking for further inspiration for serving up hot cereal for breakfast, here are a few great recipes to get you started:
However, if hot cereal isn’t to your liking, this homemade pancake mix also contains quite a few oats, and if you want to keep the fuzzy feelings last well into the night, you could serve these chicken meatballs, which contain a generous serving of oatmeal to bind the ingredients together.
Tell me, does your family enjoy oats? What is your favourite way to serve them? Do you prefer rolled oats or the steel-cut variety?