FoodUnlocking oatmeal's full potential: Key to a healthier, tastier breakfast meal

Unlocking oatmeal's full potential: Key to a healthier, tastier breakfast meal

Oatmeal - Delicacies
Oatmeal - Delicacies
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5:36 AM EST, January 22, 2024

Oatmeal has enjoyed a real renaissance in recent years. There's an array of recipes for making it - from classic oatmeal with fruits, indulging in chocolatey varieties, or versions reminiscent of popular sweets, such as Snickers. It's nutritious, filling, and widely regarded as healthy. At first glance, oatmeal preparation might appear simple, yet a minor mishap can devalue it considerably.

Is oatmeal healthy?

Oatmeal is an excellent provider of dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Dietary fiber is necessary for the proper functioning of the digestive system. It ensures a healthy digestion process, preventing gastrointestinal discomfort while regulating blood sugar levels.

Oatmeal is filled with vitamins and minerals that positively impact overall health. It's rich in B vitamins, essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system. It also contains magnesium, which aids blood pressure regulation and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Preparation matters

The standard way of cooking oatmeal involves pouring milk over oats and cooking for a few minutes. Sadly, this method has some negatives. First, oat flakes lose some precious nutrients, including the B vitamins essential for proper nervous system function. Additionally, cooked oatmeal has a high glycemic index, potentially leading to sharp blood sugar level increases.

Oatmeal in a white bowl
Oatmeal in a white bowl© Adobe Stock | Mara Zemgaliete

For a healthier oatmeal dish, it's recommended to pour hot water or milk over the oats and let them soak for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight. This way, the oats turn soft and creamy while preserving their valuable nutrients.

Choosing the right additives for oatmeal

The sky's the limit when it comes to additional choices. Fruits are most popular, aligning nicely with oatmeal and offering a sweet taste. You can add various fruit types - fresh, dried, or frozen. Other fitting options include dried fruits, dark chocolate, jams, or peanut butter.

Pay attention to the additives you use for your oatmeal.
Pay attention to the additives you use for your oatmeal.© Adobe Stock | Roberts Blaubuks

However, additives can significantly increase the dish's calorie content. To prevent turning your healthy oatmeal into a calorie bomb, remember not to overdo it with the additives.

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