Are you a fan of warm oatmeal?
If your answer is NO, let me guess...
You have an oatmeal childhood trauma!
You are holding a memory of a sticky, thick and heavy consistency, but you actually never tried it in your adult life and if you did it was in a cafeteria.
Well, perhaps its about time to give it a try! Why? because oatmeal is healthy, nourishing, grounding and satisfying (as its packed with protein and fiber) and when done right it can be really delicious. And it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare.
But- Are Oats gluten free?
If you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or you're just not into eating gluten you have nothing to worry about! oats are technically gluten-free, just make sure they have a certified GF label. If the oats are grown on the same land and in rotation with gluten-containing grains it could possibly be contaminated with gluten. It is also possible for the oats to be handled in the same facilities that manufacture wheat-containing products, so it might be contaminated during the packaging process. Make sure your oats have a certified gluten free label and you can be certain they are manufactured and processed separately.
So what are the health benefits of oats?
Lower cholesterol- oats contain high amount of soluble fiber which naturally lowers cholesterol, LDL ('bad' cholesterol) and therefore reduces the risk for heart disease.
Satisfies hunger- the soluble fibers are absorbing water and holding space in your stomach, so you get a low calorie meal which keeps you satisfied for longer
Fiber improves digestion- because our bodies cant digest dietary fiber from whole foods it travels along our digestive tract and brushes away toxins and waste. To enhance this detox process make sure you are drinking a lot of water!
Low glycemic index- prevents spikes of blood sugar, which makes you tired and craving for sweets.
Simple easy recipe for extra nutritious oats (makes 1 serving)-
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup plant based milk of your choice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp *turmeric
1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp coconut butter (optional)
You can add anything you like, this is my favourite topping combination-
chopped nuts, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds, shredded coconut, frozen berries (for some freshness), maple or honey and nut butter.
Heat in a pot the milk and oats to boil
Turn down to simmer and add the spices
Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly (depends how watery/doughy you like it)
Add the toppings, serve and enjoy! Don't wait too long, oatmeal is best eaten immediately after cooking.
*Don't be afraid to add the turmeric, you will barley notice it. Its a great way to sneak in more turmeric to your diet.