I realized this morning that my daily hot oat bran breakfast is a good analogue for life.
Somedays, it’s smooth and creamy.
Others, it has a little too much cinnamon.
It could get too cold or I could burn my tongue trying to eat it too soon.
But most days, it’s just a question of when am I going to choke on a hidden lump.
I started the near-ritual of having cooked oat bran for breakfast over 4 years ago when I began taking more time for myself in the mornings. It means getting up earlier, but a breakfast of healthy cooked food keeps me going longer and better than a bowl of cold cereal ever did.
Cooked oat bran is essentially a very creamy oat meal, except it’s higher in fiber and protein, and lower in carbs than your traditional rolled oats. Cooking in only 2-3 minutes, it’s more like an instant oat than the very slow cook of steel cut oats.
If you want to try it, look for Trader Joe’s Oat Bran. If you don’t have one near you, check the health food isle of your local grocery store for Bob’s Red Mill. Not as much protein or fiber as the TJ’s version, but still very good.