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Pimp my oatmeal


Here's how we eat oatmeal.Oatmeal is one of the foods that help enhance learning and memory function in children,researches have been carried out to prove this!

topped with fresh mangoes, cinnamon and chia seeds


While it's true that oat is packed with goodness,this meal can be boring so we literally create a bar of toppings! Today's breakfast had a dollop of nutella (cocoa powder will suffice), fresh diced apples, shredded coconut(dessicated), on days that i have a lot of time on my hands, i make my own coconut by grating it and toasting in the oven or just leaving it freshly grated. 


Other toppings you can use are crushed almonds,soya milk,fresh mangos,fresh strawberries, peanut butter, raisins/dried fruits.the list goes on. We also use these toppings for our local pap (ogi) which is also highly nutritious for infants,babies toddlers and even adults.



Other ways to eat oatmeal is to top with fresh mangoes, some honey and chia seeds

For a more decadent one, top with crushed chocolate cookies, crushed almonds and some milk.

I hope you try this out and hopefully ,your child wont say "NO" to oatmeal or pap anymore.




Refer to my post on oats titled "Say Whoats'? to get nutritional benefits of oatmeal.


topped with crush almonds and chocolate cookie....for mummy
oats topped with apples, freshky grated coconut and a dollop of nutella

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