Vegging out with easy oatmeal

Cook oatmeal until creamy

Cook oatmeal until creamy

Oatmeal is a delicious way to add fibre and nutrients to your body first thing in the morning. If you’ve tried oatmeal before and didn’t like it, reconsider. Combining fruit or nuts with your oats adds more nutrients.
Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg give great flavour to your oats.

When you first start eating oats, adding sugar or honey is ok but after that you will want to limit any sugars and let the natural flavour of the fruits and spices dominate.

Because oatmeal is such a beneficial food, try to find a different way to eat it every day – get creative by adding sliced bananas or diced apples, chia seeds, a teaspoon of almond butter e.t.c

Oatmeal is a great carbohydrate and protein source, providing calories and energy for energy needs. Oats have been shown in scientific studies to favourably alter metabolism and enhance performance when ingested 45 minutes to 1 hour before exercise of moderate intensity.

Oatmeal is loaded with antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are unique to oats. Antioxidants are important because they protect your cells from free radicals, which are molecules you produce through metabolism and exposure to environmental toxins. Free radicals increase your risk for cancer and heart disease because they are unstable. Oatmeal also helps regulate blood sugar, lowers cholesterol and helps in weight management.

TIP: Avoid the pre-flavoured oatmeal packets as they are high in sugar, sodium and don’t have as much beneficial fibre. Get oats that say “Whole Grains only” on the ingredient list

Ingredients:

Easy Oatmeal Cast of Ingredients

¾ cup jumbo oats
½ -3/4 cup soy milk (or milk of choice)
½ cup water, for thinning out
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp toasted coconut
1 tsp flaxseeds
1 tbsp walnuts

Directions:

1. Add water to a saucepan, along with the raisins and salt and let sit for a few minutes. This lets the raisins absorb water and plump up.
2. Add the oatmeal and milk. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy. You can add more water or milk depending on the consistency you prefer.
3. Stir in the flavour and nutritional elements last – the sugar, cinnamon, coconut, flaxseeds.
4. Serve hot with walnuts on the top and extra milk on the side if necessary.