Oatmeal – one of the healthiest food products that do exist. Moreover, when oatmeal is consumed with a low-fat diet, it is not only beneficial for weight loss but also for your health. There are various delicious ways of preparing and serving your oatmeal and making your breakfast a pleasant time. Before saying that you hate it and it is the last thing you would like to have, take a look at the overall benefits of oatmeal:
– oatmeal is rich in complex carbohydrates which assure slow digestion – meaning that it keeps your hunger away for much longer
– oatmeal stabilizes the sugar level in your blood – meaning that you will experience no or less sweet cravings during the entire day
– oatmeal is gluten-free so it is allowed for those of you who are allergic to gluten
– oatmeal improves your immune system defenses
– oatmeal contains a type of fiber called “beta-glucan” which protects you from vascular diseases, heart diseases and cancer
– oatmeal boosts the nutritional profile of your diet – meaning that if you add oatmeal to your diet, your body digests and processes the nutrients from other products more efficiently
I think that’s enough for now. Undoubtedly, it is worth making an effort and incorporating oatmeal into your diet.
There are two main types of oatmeal: steel-cut and rolled oatmeal. Luckily, there is no significant difference in preparation methods between these types of oatmeal and you can apply the same method for both. Be careful with instant oatmeal which has been processed to cook faster – this means that it will keep your appetite away for less time and is less rich in protein and fiber.
– Boiling in water: This is the most traditional way of preparing your oatmeal, and this is the type I prefer. For a cup of oatmeal you will need about 1 and a half cup of water. Hit up a pan with water and oatmeal in it, and bring it to boil. When the water starts boiling, stir the oatmeal firmly for another 3 minutes. Ready!
– Boiling in milk: Boiling your oatmeal in milk is a way of giving it more taste and flavor, which might be useful if you’re not used to eating oatmeal. For even more taste, I suggest using almond milk or soya milk – this will prevent you from using any sweeteners or garnish, since these types of milk are quite rich in flavor and sweetness. The preparation method is just the same as with water.
TIPS – Don’t boil your oatmeal for longer than 3 minutes. It losses it’s healthy nutrients while being boiled for a long time and by no means you want that to happen. If you like it more liquid, add more milk or water to it, and if you prefer it more dry – do the opposite. For a fine finish of your dish, add a slice of butter and a teaspoon of cinnamon while it’s on your plate. Stir it properly and enjoy the delicate flavors!
Garnishing your oatmeal properly is another key to having a healthy breakfast. You can easily ruin your healthy oatmeal by adding sugar or fatty products to it. In order to avoid this, here is a list of healthy accompaniments that you can enjoy with your oatmeal:
– seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
– honey or maple syrup instead of sugar ( I do not recommend adding any of these, since they contain sugar. However, a few drops of syrup or honey won’t harm your dish dramatically, especially if it’s your first time tasting it)
– chopped fresh fruits (apples, oranges, kiwi or melon)
Enjoy your dish and I am opened to any comments from your part 🙂