The Oatmeal Challenge: Day One {Simple Oatmeal}

I used to hate oatmeal. Like really hate it. I wouldn’t even bother to look at it, or smell it, let alone taste it. I couldn’t understand how my mother ate it every single day.

So how did I start to eat it almost every other day you wonder? What motivated me enough to try eating something I loathed? And you can too, just try it! The reasons which motivated me were:

First: The so-tempting recipes on Oh She Glows (Her Carrot Cake Oatmeal was what caught my attention)
Second: Switching to healthy eating habits; ever since I’ve made an effort to make my lifestyle healthier, I noticed I could appreciate the real tastes and flavors of what I was eating not just the sugar, salt and spices. I began to enjoy meals with much less salt, sugar and spices. I even started to like the earlier-much-despised spinach in my Green Monster! (about which I will be writing soon) So, I wanted to give oatmeal another chance too.

If you seriously want to change the way you eat you need to create negative association to the things that are bad for you. Start thinking about the harmful effects, the way it will make you feel in an hr., the way it will make you look and before you know it you will realize that it’s just not worth it. Then start creating positive association to all the healthy food that is good for you. Think about the positive effects of the nutritious food and how it will make you feel energetic, healthy and happy. If you do this enough time you will program your mind and body to crave all the things that are good for you and you will actually be repulsed by the harmful food. That’s a promise!

I read this on Haleh Banani’s Facebook page, which pushed me to challenge myself!

I challenged myself to try a new oatmeal recipe for fifteen days and see if I could program my brain to like it. Let’s delve right into it and find out what it is like to rock a boat in the oatmeal ocean!

Day 1: Simple Oatmeal

For Day one, I decided to try the basic oatmeal recipe, flavored with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. However, not wanting to be demotivated on the very first day, I decided to add some chopped almonds and a drizzle of honey too. I was blown away by how something so simple could create such a strong flavor! The enticing aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, the smooth and creamy melting texture of oatmeal and honey, the crunch of almonds – I knew with my first spoonful that my 15 day challenge had extended into a lifetime challenge! 



Milk 1 cup
Instant oats 3 tbsp
Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder 1/4 tsp
Honey 1 tbsp
Almonds (chopped) 1 tbsp


Heat milk, and add the cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Let it boil and add the instant oats. Cook until thick, while stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and serve warm. Top with chopped almonds and drizzle of honey.


2 thoughts on “The Oatmeal Challenge: Day One {Simple Oatmeal}

  1. Pingback: The Oatmeal Challenge: Day Two {Oatmeal with cereal} | Z. Saeed

  2. Pingback: The Oatmeal Challenge: Day Seven {Honey Nut Crunch Oatmeal} | Z. Saeed

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