We’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast for a  few years now. Whenever people hear “oatmeal” they usually visualize a boring bowl of bland porridge. There is also the “my kids won’t eat it” factor. Oatmeal is like tofu :a metaphor for life. It’s boring, until you choose to make it exciting.

You can make it with rolled oats, or you can use steel-cut oats. I don’t like the instant oatmeal varieties, because, essentially they are processed food. You can sway from oats by adding other grains, such as quick-cooking barley, buckwheat, millet, wheatberries and quinoa.  Mix a few grains together and see which mix works better for you. You can add wheatgerm, chia or flax seed to your oats for extra fiber, fatty acids and nutrition. You can even put a teaspoon of spirulina in it, which would make the oatmeal bright green. Don’t say I hadn’t warned you!

Or, being more conventional, half a teaspoon of cocoa and a few drops of stevia should  keep your chocoholic kid satisfied, without you sugaring him/her up in the morning. Adding nuts, seeds and dried fruit works: I love the almond slices/cranberries combo. I also love oatmeal with some dried apricot slices and some banana slices on top. Making your oatmeal salty, by adding olive oil and sea salt, instead of the typical sweet additions, works too. A bit of miso instead of salt and some cracked nori seaweed pieces works, too. I know, I am also surprised! If your kid demands cereal for breakfast, sprinkle some on top of his/her bowl of oatmeal. Grate an apple into your oatmeal and sprinkle the porridge with some cinnamon. Add some coconut oil for flavor and for health. Mash a banana into your oatmeal and add a teaspoon of almond butter to make it taste very rich and dessert-like. Stick some strawberry slices into it. Add blueberries for an antioxidant-packed breakfast. Or, you can try this amazing oatmeal concoction. And if nothing works, add some oats to your pancake batter!

What do you put in your oatmeal?