Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

8 May

oatmealI know that summer is almost here and the time for eating oatmeal is nearly behind us but I liked this oatmeal so much I just had to share. During my childhood the only way to eat oatmeal was with brown sugar and milk; which was delicious. As an adult I find the sweetness of straight sugar a little more than I can take. I also find that too much sugar make me feel shaky and still hungry after I’ve finished eating. As a result oatmeal was kind of put on the back burner and forgotten about.

Oatmeal is an excellent of source of soluble fiber. Unlike non soluble fiber which really just adds bulk in your system and as a result acts sort of like a brush that scrubs out your intestines; soluble fiber is the kind of fiber that turns into a gel in your system. This gel actually attaches to cholesterol and pulls it out of your body. It’s a pretty incredible thing. In my opinion oatmeal is really actually kind of delicious and so not that hard to add into your diet here and there.

Steel cut oats are the better choice as they are less processed than rolled oats are. Rolled oats are steamed first and then rolled so that they are flattened and a little easier to chew. I’ grew up on rolled oats and so I really do find the steel-cut texture strange and off putting. None the less if you are interested in the healthier option you might as well try them. You never know, you might like them.

How to make oatmeal

Oatmeal is a simple formula: Two parts water to one part dried oats. Boil the oats stirring occasionally until they reach the consistency that you like the most. I like my oatmeal to be thick and not at all runny. If for some reason it gets too thick; simply add more water.

Generally speaking I would say that 1/2 a cup of dried oats would be a good serving for one person.

You can make oatmeal with any liquid that you want but I really do prefer the taste of water made oatmeal.

Oatmeal toppers

  • Fresh cubed apples
  • Fresh berries of any kind (I used strawberries and Blackberries in the photo)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla
  • Orange juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave syrup
  • Dried figs
  • Coconut

Use what ever combination of these foods that you wish; or that you happen to have on hand. Add your oatmeal and a splash of milk and there you have it a delicious, healthy breakfast that will keep you going for hours, support balanced blood sugar and reduce your cholesterol.

 

 

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