Oatmeal is a heart healthy food! It’s a great source of soluble fiber- that’s that type that helps to lower your cholesterol levels. The problem is, there are so many different types of oatmeal to choose from, how do you know you’re buying the right kind?
This oatmeal has been rolled and pressed to be as thin as it can so that it can cook quickly. Much of the nutrients in the oat is lost during this process. However, it is very common that instant oatmeal is fortified with vitamins and minerals. On top of some of the nutrients they put back in, they also add unnecessary salt and sugars. Be especially careful of the flavored instant oatmeal. The chemicals added are not worth it. If you must eat the instant variety, go for the plain flavor and add a teaspoon of real maple syrup or slice your own apples and sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
Much like instant oatmeal, these have also been rolled and pressed so that they are more convenient and quick to cook. They cook in about three minutes.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
If I’m in a rush, this is the type of oatmeal I eat. The oat is steamed, rolled and pressed (but not flaked or slivered) in order to speed up cooking time. Much of the nutrients stays in the oat. I also think this is the best type of oat to bake with. Rolled oats take anywhere from one to five minutes to cook.
This is my number one choice of oatmeal. In fact, I eat it almost everyday. In this case the oat has simply been hulled and cut (with steel) to make the pieces smaller and easier to eat. All the nutrients, minerals and vitamins stay right where they should and you get the benefit of them in their most natural form – directly from the oat. Steel Cut Oats are high in soluble fiber and won’t spike your insulin when you eat them (as long as you don’t add mounds of sugar!) – keeping you feeling full for a longer time. These take about 30 minutes to cook. I know 30 minutes in the morning is a LONG time, but for the taste and health benefits, they are worth it!
- The night before I pour 4 cups of water and 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats in to a pot and bring it to a rolling boil.
- I let it boil for three minutes and then I turn the stove off and leave the pot on the burner.
- I wake up in the morning and I have perfectly cooked oatmeal ready to eat. I warm up a serving in the microwave with some fresh banana slices and strawberries!
- I store the rest in the refrigerator for the next few days!
1/4 cup dry = 1 serving
About 1 cup cooked = 1 serving
* Nutritional Information: – 1 Serving Steel Cut Oats