Many of you may think oatmeal is a boring breakfast food but this staple can be dressed up in so many ways to make this healthy start to your day interesting and delicious.
One cup of cooked oatmeal contains approx. 150 calories and is loaded with fiber and protein. Sometimes oatmeal gets slammed because they do not fit into any "low-carb" diets. This is unfortunate because often a bowl of nutrient rich oatmeal provides that satisfied "ahhh" feeling that us carb lovers crave.
Before providing one of the most delicious oatmeal recipes I have ever tried, I wanted to answer some commonly asked questions that I have collected and answered over the last 6 months.
Which oats are the healthiest?
Steel cut oats 1/4 cup dry
170 cals, 3g fat, 29g carbs, 7g protein.
Old fashioned oats - 1/2 cup dry
190 cals, 3.5g fat, 32g cabrs, 7g protein.
Quick oats - 1/2 cup dry
150 cals, 3g fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein
Pretty similar results! One of the only thing that sets these different types of oats apart is how they compare on the glycemic index. Steel cut oats are not as processed and so they have a much lower GI load. Best option? Steel cut oats. Second? Rolled oats.
Is oatmeal good for losing weight?
Often nutritionists will recommend oatmeal because it does make you feel full for a long period of time. Whole grains are a healthy part of any diet and the fiber-rich oatmeal is a great choice to assist you with losing weight. Like any food, too much oatmeal can send you over your calorie goal which is what must be monitored if your goal is losing weight. Oatmeal is filling and is a great staple to add into your diet to lose weight.
Is all oatmeal good for you?
Those instant packs of oatmeal is usually packed with sugars and other fillers so not all oatmeal is good for you. I do not know too many people who just eat oatmeal plain so this is where it is important to watch how "healthy" your oatmeal choices and toppings are. Oatmeal hacks to have the conveience of those instant packs but using the healthy oatmeal options? Make crock pot oats. Make overnight oats. Make steel cut oats in bulk and reheat.
Is oatmeal good to eat to lose weight?
Again, eating oatmeal to lose weight is a great idea as this food is low in calories and fat. Whole grains like oats can also help with your digestion (hello fiber) so oatmeal is a good food to consume when trying to lose weight. Consume your food in moderation and practice any of these 9 positive food messages to improve your relationship with food.
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