Nothing says breakfast to me than a nice bowl of hot oatmeal. I used to think that oatmeal was served two ways.
1. Instant from a package (which has tons of sugar and other things I don’t need in it) which was in my mind’s eye good for me!
2. A bowl of white sticky gruel that was flavorless and torturous.
This was how I felt about oatmeal as a child and into most of my adult life.
I know my readers are thinking…”Oh boy here is comes a scary rant about oatmeal and the evils of packaged foods blah, blah, blah!”
I am not here to lecture or to make anyone feel inferior in what they eat or how they eat it. I am here to tell you my story of how I have come to realize that oatmeal has been beneficial for me.
I have always had issues with my stomach and digestive system nothing that ever warranted a “diagnosis” but I was aware from an early age.
Just recently I started to eat oatmeal, not just from a packet but I soak my oatmeal at least 12 hours prior to eating. When I mean soak, I don’t mean stick it in some water and call it a day. Oh no! it needs to soak in an acid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, etc.) as my bestie and real food partner in crime I Believe In Butter details in a post she did last year: “By soaking the oatmeal in an acid overnight, you break down the phytic acid content. This gives you a more easily digested oatmeal, and your body can soak up a lot more of the nutrients. Please don’t use quick oats for this recipe. There’s very little of the actual oat present, which means minimal nutrient content.”
The phytic acid is what helps my tummy troubles as well.
Now it doesn’t matter what kind of rolled oats you use (whatever you prefer it’s up to you) follow the recipe in the post for I Believe In Butter and you will have the beginning of a good nutrient dense, rib sticking lumberjack breakfast!
How you cook the oatmeal is up to you. I make it differently every morning. Sometimes its raisins and pure maple syrup. Other times its coconut oil, with coconut flakes and yep you guessed it coconut milk. You can use fresh or dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Let your imagination take you somewhere delicious!
I have found on the mornings I eat my oatmeal it carries me all the way to lunch without that I need a snack feeling later in the morning.
I hope you enjoyed my post and maybe found something new to try. Just remember if you are looking to start eating better you don’t have to do it all at once. Small baby steps and it will be an easy transition. I am still taking these small steps.
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