Oatmeal isn't just a boring breakfast anymore—it's a hearty meal (or snack) that's perfect for a pre- or post-dance refuel!
Oatmeal is affordable and customizable, making it perfect for dancers looking for a budget-friendly, pre-rehearsal pick-me-up. A half-cup of uncooked old-fashioned oats offers 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein, and that's before you dress it up with your favorite toppings.
Here are three methods for cooking old-fashioned oats, plus four ways to customize them.
COOKING YOUR OATMEAL
Bring 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of your preferred milk and a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of oats and reduce to medium heat. Stir occasionally and cook until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid, about 5 minutes. Top with your favorite combinations from the list below.
Mix 1/2 cup of dried oats, 1/2 cup of your preferred milk or yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds in a jar or airtight container. Leave in your refrigerator overnight, or for a least five hours. Mix with ingredients from the list below.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix or blend 1/2 cup of dried oats with 1/2 cup of your preferred milk, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt, 1/2 of a mashed banana, and your preferred ingredients from the list below. Pour batter into an 8-ounce greased ramekin. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
ADDING YOUR TOPPINGS
Berries and Cream
Serve with sliced strawberries, blueberries, a dash of vanilla extract and a dollop of yogurt.
Top with a scoop of pumpkin purée, cinnamon, nutmeg and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Dice apples into bite-size pieces and top with cinnamon and maple syrup or honey.
Peanut Butter Chocolate
Bring extra protein with a small scoop of peanut butter or other nut butter, and add chocolate chips for sweetness.