Thursday, November 13, 2008

Great Healthy Breakfast Option: Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an ideal healthy option for breakfast however we have to distinguish rolled oats from quick oats. Rolled oats a.k.a standard oatmeal and old-fashion oats are whole oats that have been steamed, rolled and flaked so that they cook quickly: 5 to 10 min. Whereas quick oats a.k.a instant oats are oats that have been precooked so that we only need to mix them with hot liquid which is the reason why quick oats do not provide the long term energy of its rolled counterpart. Long term health and stable blood-sugar levels are just a cup of oats away, recent research concluded that individuals who eat 2 or more servings of whole grains (exple: whole oats) daily can reduce their risk of hypertension and all cardiovascular diseases by as much as 23%**.
The pic shows the type of oats that I eat for breakfast, I enjoy both of them and often mix them together. How I prepare my oatmeal:
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup or less of water
  • 2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Coconut oil (unrefined and cold pressed)
  • 1 tbsp of Flax Oil ( unrefined and cold pressed)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder (Syntha X from BSN)

After cooking the oats with the water, I add the coconut oil, flax oil and protein powder. So yummy and healthy!

**source: Oxygen magazine, Sept. 2008**


justme said...

hey i didnt know that! i guess i will look for rolled oats the next time i get oatmeal

SacredAngel said...

Nature's Path makes a pretty good oatmeal. I eat the Flax Plus variety.