by Paula | June 15, 2017 8:00 am
Need some healthy breakfast ideas? Look no further than oatmeal. Just a cup of cooked oatmeal contains 4 grams of fiber; nearly the same amount that’s in an apple or a cup of cooked brussels spouts. It’s incredibly versatile and you can find it just about anywhere. I enjoy old fashioned oats, steel cut oats and when I travel I take pre-packaged high fiber oatmeal packs. Get a cup of hot water and you have a filling snack or healthier airport choice.
Oatmeal is more filling than other breakfast choices because it’s loaded with fiber. A 2014 study published in the American Journal showed that participants who ate oatmeal felt fuller for longer than those who ate the same serving size of standard breakfast cereals.
Oatmeal can lower your cholesterol as many high-fiber foods do. The soluble fiber in oatmeal helps to reduce the body’s absorption of “bad” cholesterol that can increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes. It is a good choice for people with diabetes because it helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Oatmeal can be a budget booster as well. Because I eat it every day, I buy it in bulk at a warehouse grocery. It can cost as little as 20 cents per serving.
Ease in cooking makes it a healthy and easy breakfast choice to make, though different varieties range in cook times. Old fashioned oatmeal cooks in 15 minutes. I cook one cup oats with 4 cups of water. I add ground cinnamon and turmeric (both have anti-inflammatory properties) to my cooking process, though it gives the flavor a bit of a bite. I distribute the finished product into 4 separate containers adding 20 frozen blueberries to each portion. I seal them securely and enjoy them everyday.
Steel cut oats, though similar in nutrition as old fashioned oats, takes 25 minutes to cook. The texture is more rounded that old fashioned and many people prefer this variety.
I have also pinned (Paulas Healthy Living on Pinterest) several options to cook oatmeal overnight in a slow cooker. This can be a great option when feeding large groups of people.
I also enjoy a cup of egg whites with vegetables, and have my oatmeal mid-morning. It keeps my energy levels and focus on target all morning. It can help you make better choices at lunch as well.
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