• Steel-cut oats and figs

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Elaine in 5 minute meal, Athlete's Corner, Breakfast Idea, Budget Conscious, Calorie Counter, Weight Loss.

    January is National Oatmeal Month!

    Yes they come up with everything, don’t they?

    Well, hey it’s a good healthy excuse to try and eat oatmeal everyday this month =)

    Oatmeal can help to lower your cholesterol and is a great source of vitamin B and calcium.  A BIG plus is that oatmeal can help you feel full LONGER!

    A great way to start your winter mornings is to eat a filling breakfast that gives you the energy you need for the day.

    The worst thing to do is to stop at one of those street carts on every other corner in Manhattan.  Though convenient, a donut or a sausage egg and cheese (although they sound yummy) are not things you should be eating for breakfast everyday.  They will zap your energy and make you feel sluggish.

    Instead try a homemade quick breakfast of  steel-cut oats.  I liken it to a cross between cereal and oatmeal!

    It is a lot like oatmeal except the oats are the inner portion of the oat kernel and are cut into pieces.  Usually from Scotland or Ireland, steel-cut oats take a bit longer to cook because it is a whole grain and has undergone minimal processing, if any.

    If I have the time, I like to pre-soak my oats to quicken the cooking process.  Steel-cut oats are known to be small and crunchier, a healthier alternative to cold, high sugar cereals.

    My favorite part is adding different things to my gluten-free steel-cut oats!

    I like to add organic Turkish figs or raspberries.  (More on figs in an upcoming post).  You can also add some strawberries or sliced bananas or any of your favorite nuts!

    So celebrate National Oatmeal Month and celebrate your health by experimenting with oatmeal.  Oatmeal doesn’t have to be soggy and gross!

    gluten-free steel cut oats with organic Turkish figs and organic raspberries

     

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