Shake up your breakfast and try out these oatmeal recipes. I’m always looking for ways to add a new twist to an old staple. Plain oatmeal, while packed with nutrients, can become monotonous in the breakfast routine. The three recipes below are easy ways to add an extra layer of nutrition and vitamins to your family’s meals without sucking too much time out of already busy mornings. 

Not only are they healthy and delicious, they all take under 10 minutes….breakfast in a flash. Go, Superstar!



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If you’re planning ahead, you can purée the strawberries the evening before and store in the fridge for the a.m!

1. Strawberry Oatmeal

Serves 2


2 servings cooked oatmeal
1 cup quartered strawberries
1 tablespoon of granola (optional)
Honey or agave


1. Cook 2 servings of oatmeal as usual. Pour cooked oatmeal over berries.
2. Place 1/2 the berries in a stainless pan with a pinch of the butter. Simmer on low for two minutes until berries are semi soft and some juice is present. Remove from heat and place simmered berries and juice into the bottom of each serving bowl.
3. Pour cooked oatmeal over strawberries.
4. Top with the other half of quartered fresh strawberries, granola, a small pat of butter, and honey. 

 Photo via Jamie Oliver/

Bonus: add bran cereal for a heartier taste and more fiber.

2. Banana, Almond, Cinnamon Oatmeal

Serves 2


2 servings cooked oatmeal
1 Banana
Shaved Almonds
Honey or Agave


1. Make two servings of oatmeal stovetop, adding cinnamon and butter once the oats reach a boil. Set aside to cool.
2. Peel and slice a banana.
3. Add the almonds to a small non-stick frying pan over a medium heat (for 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly golden, stirring occasionally. (Thinly shaved almonds are great raw!)
4. Sprinkle almonds, a dash of cinnamon, drizzle agave or honey and serve!

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other food in the world.


3. Blueberry, Sunflower Seed, Shaved Almond Oatmeal

Serves 2


2 servings of oatmeal
1 handful of blueberries
1/8 cup Shaved Almonds
Sunflower Seeds
Granola (optional)
Honey or Agave 


1. Make two servings of oatmeal stovetop, mixing in butter and sunflower seeds in the last 2 minutes.
2. Remove from heat. Toss in blueberries, granola and sweetener and serve!

Photos via Real Simple Magazine


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Nia Lawrence has over 10 years of experience working as an Art Director at some of the top magazinesin New York City. She was responsible for creating visual content for companies such as Real Simple, Latina, Redbook, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Suede and Victoria's Secret.. ​ Brooklyn, NY is home to the mom of one who currently runs the Nia Lawrence Design Studio, a print and digital marketing company.

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