Friday, February 22, 2019

Food Fact Friday: Oatmeal!

I decided to do things a bit different today. Instead of sharing oat facts, I’m going to tell you about how I prepare my oatmeal – it’s not at all boring! 

Each time I make oatmeal it’s a tiny bit different, but here’s (more or less) what it usually consists of:

Oats cooked in water
Almond butter (nice big tablespoon)
Cinnamon (couple of nice big shakes)
Unsweetened coconut (big tablespoon or two)
Protein Powder (half a scoop)
Pecans and/or Walnuts (couple of them – crushed)
Maple Syrup (a wee splash)

Adding some fats and/or protein to oats slows overall digestion and makes you feel satiated for even longer. I love the crunch of the nuts/seeds and the texture of the coconut. You can really do so many things with oatmeal, and the possible additions are endless: apples, pumpkin seeds, chia, hemp, coconut milk, peanut butter, berries, flaxseed, bananas, on and on!

Remember to not add too much sweetener, keep the portions in check, and try to choose the less processed forms of oats (think steel cut rather than instant). What’s YOUR favorite oatmeal combo?

For more information on oats and oatmeal, check out these Health Line articles:

Did you know? Oats contain beta-glucan, which is a soluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance when mixed with water. It helps promote healthy gut bacteria; reduces LDL and total cholesterol; and keeps you feeling full for longer.

Did you know? Oats contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals and are especially high in manganese (a mineral important in bone production).

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