Shredded Coconut: My go to pick for this is Trader Joe’s Sweetened Shredded Coconut. Not only is it super sweet and delicious, but it adds a somewhat crunchy texture! In addition to it’s wonderful taste and texture, it’s also full of healthy fats that help fight off hunger! (YAY HEALTHY FATS!)
Greek Yogurt: Before you cringe or close your computer screen, I promise you that this is the bomb! I like to use about two spoon fulls of Fage 2%. What I love about Greek yogurt is that it’s filled with healthy fats, calcium, and so much protein! Plus, it makes your oatmeal super creamy and just so tasty! Pro-tip: Drizzle a little honey over it for extra sweetness.
Sub Soy Milk/Almond Milk for Water: I started doing this over a year ago and I have never looked back since. The great thing about subbing in soy/almond milk is that it has more substance (so to speak) than water. Not to mention, it makes your oatmeal thicker and sweeter! (Especially if you use vanilla flavored!!)
Ground Flax Seeds (also know as Flax Seed Meal): While this one doesn’t really add any thing flavor or texture wise, the benefits are so worth the addition!! While flax seed meal offers those lovely healthy fats that I mentioned before, it’s also LOADED with omega-3 fatty acids (specifically alpha-linolenic acid). Translation? It helps contribute to keeping your hair and skin healthy and hydrated! Staying full AND beautiful hair and skin? Yes please!
Dark Chocolate Chips: Yep, you read that right! CHOCOLATE! Dark chocolate has so many great antioxidants and a fat content will aide in maintaining your fullness. Adding a tablespoon to your morning oatmeal is a perfect little treat! (I recommend it with bananas and peanut butter!!) And who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?!
Peanut Butter/Almond Butter: I don’t mean this lightly when I say, this combination just might be better than sex…let that sink in. A spoon full (or two, I won’t tell) of peanut butter not only thickens your oatmeal, but truly just makes it taste like heaven in a bowl. And lets not forget the amount of healthy fats and protein in peanut butter that help to keep our tummies happy and full!
Fruit: Blueberries, and Strawberries, and Bananas, OH MY!
Mixed Nuts/Trail Mix : What’s not to love? They’ve got your protein, your healthy fats, they add a crunchy texture, they’ve got it all! Also if you go the trail mix route, I highly recommend Trader Joe’s Go Raw Trek Mix! It contains cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and raisins!