Need tips on how to make calorie tasty oatmeal

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Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 23:04
Would greatly appreciate any tips on making oatmeal taste better without adding too many extra calories.Smile

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Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 23:38
What is it that you consider "tasty"?

Have you tried applesauce and cinnamon?

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Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 23:50
This might sound crazy but bear with me. I use a little salt when cooking and I can't believe it's not butter spray on top 0 cals, Lot's of pepper 0 cals and last but not least Castillo's habenera hot sauce 5 cals. Certainly a twist to your morning but very tasty and satisfying. What can I say, I love all my food to have a little kick. It's great!

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Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 23:56
Simple and effective...just add your favorite fresh fruit. Works like a charm.

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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 00:52
Itzjstjeff wrote:
This might sound crazy but bear with me. I use a little salt when cooking and I can't believe it's not butter spray on top 0 cals

Some of those 0 calorie products have a tiny "serving size" that permits them to claim they have no calories per serving, when actually there are a lot of calories in the product the way it is actually used.

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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 01:40
Sunflower seeds add crunch and a nutty taste, tspn honey for natural sweetness, chopped dried fruit (like dates) and only x1 is needed if you let it soak for a couple of minutes, spoonful of peanut butter, my Son adds cocoa powder or fruit (chocolate & bananas together being a fave), ground flax or hemp seed; or, go savoury as Itzjstjeff suggested and add cottage cheese n salmon. Oats are so versatile you can do whatever you want with them; what are your taste buds favourite flavours? What would you put in a pie crust? You can 'tweak' that and put it into your porridge - enjoy.

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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 09:48
I've stirred in a tablespoon of peanut butter or Almond butter
I add berries and walnuts
1/2 cup of skim and sliced fresh peaches
Oatmeal and flaxseeds and sliced almonds
For a sweeter taste a few coconut flakes and I have even dropped in a dark chocolate kiss or two and let it melt or heaping spoonful of dark chocolate cocoa powder
Oatmeal and cinnamon

STEEL CUT OATS are more dense and I will add to meatloaf instead of bread crumbs

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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 09:54
My personal steel cut oat recipe:

s/f maple syrup or s/f Smuckers jam, depending on mood
chunky PB
sliced fresh strawberries, if in season
coconut milk
heavy cream

My wife used to dislike the thick texture of steel cut oats (the whole point of eating them) but now always eats them when I make it like this.

The kids insist on raisins; I detest them.

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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 22:52
I was never a big fan of oatmeal until I tried it with 1 tablespoon of sugar free peanut butter, some almonds and walnuts. But don't have it too often, just 3 times a week is alright. (If you're on a low carb diet that is).
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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 23:47
I don't eat oatmeal anymore. I can't tolerate it. I used to eat it with butter, or with sausage meat crumbled into it and cheese melted on top of it. It makes a great base for a savory meal.

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 06:14
I love steel cuts oats & add coconut oil (1 tsp), liquid egg white (1/3 cup) for added protein) and fresh berries -- yum!
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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 07:21
Add vanilla and cinnamon. I then mix in fresh berries with some raw walnuts.

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 14:17
I'll do PB2 powder, or apples, cinnamon, and a few nuts, or just honey and nuts, or raisins. You could use almost any fruit and seasoning you like. In the fall I like to add some pumpkin pie spice to make it festive. I like oatmeal because you can add different things to it and almost can't go wrong, it is a blank canvas. I hope you can find something you can enjoy. Smile
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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 14:21
Nonfat Greek yogurt (for more protein), diced peach, 1 tsp honey -- cinnamon and vanilla
Mary in LA

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 15:46
I grew up eating a concoction of my mother's -- we called it "fish porridge" -- consisting of oatmeal or Zoom (cooked wheat cereal) made with canned tuna (yes, tuna!) and seasoned with a little salt and nutmeg. Probably sounds very weird, but it's good, as long as you're prepared for a savory rather than a sweet taste. Also very high in protein. Hope this helps!

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 16:46
Mary, that sounds strange and intriguing!i simply must try it,or i shall never rest again!Smilewhat part of the world is it from,or was that your mothers own recipe?
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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 17:23
Hi, Micki! I think my mother made it up. She was into health food before health food was cool. Smile (It's also possible she learned it from my late grandmother, who could make an amazing meal out of next to nothing.) My mom would advise you that the one essential for fish porridge is to use good-quality tuna -- either chunk light or albacore -- and preferably oil-packed. If water-packed tuna is what you have, a tiny bit of butter or olive oil or your favorite healthy fat will help the flavors blend. Nowadays a lot of canned tuna seems to be nothing but a sort of fish mush, and when my mother couldn't get good canned tuna, she fell back on canned bonito, though IMHO tuna is better. Next time I call home, I'll be sure to ask her about the origin of the recipe!

[Addendum: My mother and her family spent two years in Japan with the U.S. Army, and it's possible that the fish porridge recipe was inspired by a combination of easily available G.I. rations and the traditional Japanese stew called "nabe". I'll definitely ask!]

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 17:33
I just saw a recipe today for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal that I want to try:

1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal
1 scoop chocolate flavored protein powder (low sugar kind)
1 T peanut butter

Put all in bowl, add hot water to achieve desired consistency and stir. Adjust the amount of oatmeal, peanut butter and protein powder to fit your meal's caloric needs and your individual taste.

Sounds yummy!

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Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 00:44
In steel cut oatmeal I use cinnamon,and stevia or sometimes cinnamon and about 5 raisons or a little bit of diced apple.
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Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 04:10
I cook my oatmeal with water and a small amount of low fat milk added for taste.
I add stevia or other non calorie sweetener and salt.
Also make sure you don't add too little water so it ends up being a thick, sticky mass when you cook it, it should be smooth and creamy.

And thats it really, I prefer my oatmeal plain Smile

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