Oatmeal is great and all, but as long as you are boiling a pot of starchy nuggets, consider some of these just-as-easy and often higher-fiber, more-nutritious, lower-glycemic and less-processed alternatives:
Lentils. Try all kinds, either plain, or with Indian spices, such as cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic, curry powder and other youth-promoting spices.
Beans. There are dozens of kinds, to be eaten plain or with salsa or more spices or mixed with brown rice.
Split Peas. Ditto!
Quinoa. The highest protein grain, with a fun texture.
Non-White Rice. Try wild rice, red rice, black forbidden rice, brown, or other fun varieties.
Other Whole Grains. Browse the bulk aisle of Whole Foods and discover all kinds of options. Wheat berries, bulgar, buckwheat…
Some of these are even easier than oatmeal, because they can be made once a week, then last nicely for several days. Try branching out!
Have a good week,