Breakfast is the most important and crucial meal of the day. For that reason, it should abound with nutrients that will provide enough energy for the whole day. It should also be super-tasty if you want to be satisfied throughout the day. Thus, oatmeal is the perfect option for your first daily meal.
However, many people make some common mistakes during its preparation. So, here is a list of the six most common mistakes you should avoid:
6 Most Common Mistakes
Using Water Rather Than Milk
You might already be familiar with the fact that oatmeal will keep you full and away from food craving until lunch. However, you will not get this result unless using proteins which are not found in water, but in milk. So, next time you prepare your morning oatmeal, make sure you use regular dairy milk or soymilk. However, if you prefer almond or coconut milk, note that you should add another protein source like nuts or seeds since they contain a low level of protein.
Using a Small Cooking Vessel
Oatmeal has high viscosity texture which causes forming big bubbles. So, if you don’t want your meal to spill over and make a mess in your kitchen, make sure you use a bigger pot or a bowl, especially if you prepare your oatmeal in a microwave.
Not Adding Oats at the Right Time
This does not concern microwave users, but the ones that prepare their oatmeal on the stovetop. The time when you add your oats is crucial for the final texture of your meal. If you want the texture to be creamy, you should add the oats after the milk is brought to a simmer. On the other hand, if you want to maintain the shape of the oats make sure you add them in the milk before turning on the heat.
A pinch of salt is always needed, for both savory and sweet oatmeal. You should add the salt at the beginning so that it tastes toasty, nutty, and super-delicious. On the contrary, your meal will taste very salty if you add the salt at the end.
Stirring helps in breaking up the bubbles that we already mentioned before. Therefore, if you stir during preparation you are not likely to end up with a mess in your kitchen caused by an explosion of those bubbles. If you prepare your oatmeal on a stovetop stir it very often. But, if you use a microwave, stir it on every 40 seconds. This would also make your meal creamier.
Oatmeals are not instant. They need enough time to soak the milk so that the oats become soft and creamy. So, make sure that next time you prepare your oatmeal you cook it at least for 5 minutes before consuming. The result will be wonderful and you’ll not regret waiting a little bit longer.