Nothing says "Good Morning" like a warm bowl of oatmeal when it's cold outside. Oatmeal comes in many forms...quick cooking, old-fashioned rolled oats, and steel-cut. The bigger the flake (like steel cut) means it's less processed but takes longer to cook. I prefer to cook with quick cooking oats, because, as their name suggests, they cook fast but are still natural. Steel cut oats can take up to 30 minutes (who has time for that in the morning) and old-fashioned rolled oats just take longer than the quick version.
Oatmeal is one of the superfoods (more on those in a later post)! Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates which help stabilize blood sugar and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It curbs your appetite and lowers cholesterol. It contains unique antioxidants and protects against heart failure and certain types of cancer. What more could you ask for in a breakfast cereal?!
The downside is that you may find it bland when eaten plain. Here is a way to kick it up a notch and add even more ingredients to tip the health scale overboard!
Apple Pie Oatmeal
1/4 cup Fiber One Original Cereal
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/2 Gala apple, chopped
1 Tbls walnuts, chopped
Dash of cinnamon
Mix the Fiber One, oats, and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in the Splenda brown sugar. Add the chopped apple and walnut pieces. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon to finish. Filling and good for you!
You could replace the apple with berries or sliced banana if you prefer.
Calories 225, Fat 7g, Carbs 44g, Sodium 53mg, Protein 5g
Good morning to you!