I have to start by acknowledging all the support and encouragement I’ve received in the last few days. Thanks for all the tips and kind words – yall are amazing. Emily B., I owe you a pan of brownies. Don’t worry, I just found a recipe for low cal brownies!
There are a few things I consider when tasting food. Salt content and texture are a huge part of this. I’m not the biggest fan of jiggly pudding or water-y yogurt; The thicker the better. If I have to eat something mushy, I’d really like for it to include something crunchy or solid.
So when it comes to oatmeal, I like to add a bit of crunch, not to mention flavor to my bowl. It helps that oatmeal is such a neutral-tasting (read: bland) food. Oh, and there’s also this:
@EatThisNotThat: GET MUSHY: Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which may lower your risk of heart disease, some cancers, and diabetes!
For today’s bowl of oatmeal, I added half of a Granny Smith apple, diced, a tablespoon of walnuts and 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar. I also like my oatmeal to have some movement, so I added 1/3 cup of soy milk, not including the water used to cook it.
In all honesty, it took me a while to finish it. That’s a problem I have with oatmeal – I don’t eat it fast enough and it gets cold.
Other ingredients to add: pureed pumpkin, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, nuts, jams or preserves, leftover muffin crumbles.