The preparation of the perfect bowl of oatmeal can be an art, and it all comes down to personal preferences. Many people, like myself, prefer the plain unadulterated taste of oatmeal and enjoy it in its simplest form. But if you like a bit of sweetness or flavoring there are a few different ways to go, and then of course there are the toppings like fruit and yogurt.
In preparing oatmeal porridge itself, water is a basic ingredient but some people preferred easy milk to give it a creamier texture, and when I do this I usually use soy milk for health reasons but you can use regular milk just be aware that you are also increasing the fat content of your oatmeal and less you use skim milk.
You may add a dash of salt for flavor, and for sweetness some regular sugar or as I prefer, brown sugar. If you really don’t like the taste of plain oatmeal, try adding some brown sugar and I promise it will taste a lot better. You can also add some butter for flavor and creaminess.
And then there are the numerous toppings that you can add into your oatmeal to give it extra flavor and healthiness. My favorite is simply fresh fruit cut and mixed right into the oatmeal. Bananas, apples, blueberries, raspberries, any fresh fruit goes great with oatmeal. Yogurt is another topping you can add that adds creaminess and a bit of tang, too.
Some people like to add a spoonful or two of peanut butter which increases the fat and protein content, but also taste great too. Nuts are also a great addition: try adding some walnuts, cashews, pistachios to your oatmeal.
Raisins and ground flax seed are also good. Flax seed will at some healthy omega-3 to the mix. Cinnamon makes a great flavor and change of pace, as well. Some people like to add a fried egg to give it an added boost of protein.
As you can see, it is near limitless what he can do. Get creative with your preparation to keep from getting bored.