The last thing you want to do in the morning is think about which oatmeal toppings to add to your breakfast. Especially if the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.
Struggling to shake the sleep from your eyes and tie your tie or button your blouse with fingers that would rather be back in bed? Too tired to make decisions about food?
We’re here to help!
Our breakfast experts at the Soulfull Project have put together a list of the best oatmeal toppings for a delicious and healthy meal. Choose the ones that sound good to you and jump-start your day for the better.
Best Oatmeal Toppings
One of the great things about oatmeal and hot cereal is that you can customize it to your heart’s content. It’s the ideal base for mixing flavors together.
Fruit Oatmeal Toppings
Fresh-sliced strawberries are one of the most popular oatmeal toppings because they add a touch of sweetness to the oatmeal’s nuttiness.
They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folate, potassium, and heart-healthy antioxidants.
Another common oatmeal topping is blueberries.
These tasty treats are super easy to add to the mix — just grab a handful and go — and they’re packed with antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, potassium, and vitamin C.
Raspberries are a delicious addition to any hot or cold cereal and are a go-to oatmeal topping for foodies of all types.
Raspberries contain vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, and zinc as well as high levels of antioxidants that protect your cells against damage from free radicals.
Plus, they add a bit of color and tartness to your oatmeal that you can’t find anywhere else. Yum!
Mango may not be the first fruit that comes to your mind when you think of oatmeal toppings, but this tropical delicacy is packed with vitamins and minerals to get your day off to a roaring start.
Mango contains potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It even offers a small amount of protein and healthy fat along with plenty of all-natural carbohydrates.
That makes mango a colorful, nutritious, and delicious addition to your hot oatmeal.
Gram for gram, blackberries are more nutritious than blueberries but are still an under-utilized oatmeal topping.
And that’s a shame because blackberries are chocked full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function at its best. Here’s how blackberries and blueberries compare.
You also get lots of fiber, vitamin K, and manganese in every delicious bite!
Apples — along with cinnamon — are one of the most common oatmeal toppings because they taste great and offer plenty of nutrition to boot.
Apples have a mildly sweet, and sometimes tart, flavor that blends nicely with the nutty taste of your oatmeal.
Apples also contain vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It’s no wonder an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Slice this fun fruit into your morning oatmeal and start your day off right.
Nut And Seed Toppings
7) Hemp Seed
Just two tablespoons of hemp seed contain a whopping:
- 6.3 g of protein
- 9.7 g of healthy fat
- 14 mg of calcium
- 1.59 mg of iron
- 140 mg of magnesium
- 330 mg of phosphorus
- 240 mg of potassium
- 1.98 mg of zinc
- 22 mcg of folate
Plus, you get vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E. That’s a lot of nutrition in an easy-to-add-to-your-oatmeal package.
Chia seeds are another plant-based oatmeal topping that is packed with nutrition to get your day started on the right foot.
Two tablespoons of chia contain:
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
In fact, those same two tablespoons offer 64% more potassium than a banana, twice the antioxidants of blueberries, and a whopping 100% more omega-3 than salmon.
There’s a lot to love in chia seeds, so sprinkle some on your oatmeal today!
Want to give your oatmeal even more nutritional value in the morning? Try flaxseed as an oatmeal topping.
Flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 and fiber (as well as other vitamins and minerals). Studies show that it can help lower blood pressure and contribute to healthy joints and digestion.
Need a bit more crunch in your oatmeal? Chop some walnuts and use them as an oatmeal topping.
Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat that can help you maintain bone strength, assist with your weight-loss goals, and even keep your brain healthy.
Almonds are another nut that tastes great as an oatmeal topping. They’re cholesterol-free, gluten-free, sodium-free, low in saturated fat, and rich in fiber and phytonutrients.
Almonds taste delicious all by themselves or mixed with fruits like strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry.
Vegetables add a savory kick to your oatmeal or hot cereal. And zucchini is one of the first we recommend you try.
Zucchini has a mild flavor so it doesn’t overpower your other oatmeal toppings and is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and manganese.
Dice some up for a colorful addition to your morning meal.
Carrots are another good option as an oatmeal topping.
Like zucchini, carrots have a mild flavor, so they blend in easily with other extras while still packing a nutritious punch that can help your body:
- Improve eyesight
- Prevent heart disease
- Reduce blood pressure
- Maintain good digestive health
- Boost immune system activity
Carrot goes great with steel cut oats, rolled oats, and even instant oats, so feel free to mix in carrots to your heart’s content.
Peppers provide a healthy dose of B vitamins, potassium, manganese, magnesium phosphorus, iron, and copper as well as vitamins A and C.
Plus, they come in a wide variety of colors and flavors, so you can customize your oatmeal to your unique tastes.
We even like to go a little crazy once in a while and dice up some jalapeno peppers for a spicy morning kick!
A Healthy Meal In Minutes
For an even bigger boost to your health — and more excitement to your a.m. routine — try a hot cereal from the Soulfull Project.
We’ve done a lot of the mix-and-match work for you, so you don’t have to think about which oatmeal toppings to choose before the coffee kicks in.
No matter which hot cereal you go with, you’ll get hearty and healthy ingredients, including:
And with flavors such as:
- Apple Cinnamon Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Blueberry Almond Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Cinnamon Spice Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Four Grain Hot Cereal
- Hearty Grains & Seeds Hot Cereal
- Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal Hot Cereal
There are plenty of options to start your morning out right!
Plus, for every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide the same number of servings of one of our products to a food bank in your area.
Whichever flavor you choose, The Soulfull Project is committed to helping you, your family, and your neighbors in need get a delicious and healthy meal when it matters most.
For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.