Oatmeal

oatmealOatmeal is a powerhouse food to enjoy as your morning meal.  It is a great foundation to start your day.

Now that the weather is cooler, a nice hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning will warm your insides as well as feed your body with great nutrition.

Oatmeal is rich in vitamins, minerals and lipids which all benefit our health in so many ways.  Oatmeal ranks very high on the list of healthiest foods.  It is a carbohydrate and protein rich food that provides your body with energy.  It is low glycemic so it doesn’t spike your blood sugar like all of those boxed sugary cereals that take up the entire grocery store aisle.

Oatmeal is digested slowly so it keeps you energized longer than other breakfast foods.

Some great benefits of making oatmeal part of your morning routine are the following:

1.    GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN – Oatmeal is used as a soothing agent to help relieve itch an skin rashes.  It normalizes the PH in your skin according to the Academy of Dermatology. The nutrients copper, zinc, selenium, thiamin and niacin found in oatmeal support skin health.

2.  SUPPORTS WEIGHT LOSS – Oatmeal is an appetite suppressor  I call it “stick to your ribs” food.    Oatmeal takes a long time to digest and is rich in soluble fiber which helps make you feel fuller longer.  Keeping your hunger at bay will help with your weight loss efforts.

3.  LOWERS DIABETES RISK   Because oatmeal is low glycemic and it is slow to digest this helps keep your blood sugar levels in good standing which has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity.  Low glycemic foods are associated with less insulin resistance and a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

4.  BOOSTS HEART HEALTH – Foods rich in soluble fiber have been linked to good heart health.  The calcium and potassium in oatmeal are known to reduce blood pressure numbers.  So eat more oatmeal to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

5.  REDUCES COLON CANCER – High fiber diets help to reduce the risk of colon cancer.  The fiber helps to speed up the passage of food and waste through the colon preventing constipation.  An efficient running digestive system is a healthy system.

I think the reason that people don’t get into the oatmeal habit is that good oatmeal takes time to prepare.  You don’t want to eat instant oatmeal.  That is processed, sugary and void of all the benefits of good steel cut oatmeal.  Here is a recipe for steel cup oatmeal done in your slow cooker (crockpot) overnight.  You wake up to a breakfast treat your body will thank you for.

STEEL-CUT OATMEAL IN THE SLOW COOKER

2 cups steel-cut oats

8 cups water

1/2 tsp. good sea salt or Himalayan salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

honey or maple syrup to taste

Put the oats and the water and the salt in the slow cooker.  Cover and cook until the oats are tender…on low for 8 hours (overnight).  Turn the slow cooker on just before you go to bed making sure you have it on low.  When you get up in the morning stir in 1/2 cup of cranberries and the almonds and leave cooking for 10 more minutes to warm up these new additions.  Sweeten to taste with a good quality honey or maple syrup.

Voila….a hearty, healthy warming breakfast for you and your family to enjoy.

 

 

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