Thursday, April 12, 2012

Steel Cut Oats For Breakfast

Organic ingredients when possible
Steel cut oats
Coconut flakes
Butter (optional)
Salt (optional)
Fig spread
Float almond, soy, or coconut milk (not pictured it covers all the toppings)

Takes about 15 minutes

For one serving
1/2 cup of oats and 1 1/2 cups of water
boil water then add oats and dash of salt
Add a smidge of butter as in less than half a tsp. You can add more if you like it's mainly for flavor. The oats are creamy regardless.
Stir slowly, but constantly
Oats should be ready in about 15 minutes
Add your favorite toppings and experiment: berries, bananas, cardamon, nutmeg, fresh basil or mint leaves, cacoa powder, flax seeds, honey, maple syrup

Steel cut oats take longer to cook because they are less processed. You get the whole kernel of the oat which is cut up, but not removed like in traditional oatmeal. Steel cut oats are nuttier in flavor, chewier and personally I find more filling. Taking the time to prepare a meal and savor each bite is also part of what makes a meal nutritious for the body, mind and heart.


  Steel-cut oats serve as a good supply of protein, offering 5 to 7 g per 1/4-cup serving. Your body uses protein as a secondary source of energy, but it has a more important role. Protein is present in nearly every cell, tissue and organ in your body, and eating adequate levels allows you to replace proteins as needed easily. It also features heavily in helping you to build muscle. The protein in steel-cut oats is considered an incomplete protein because it lacks all nine essential amino acids. You can get all the amino acids you require by serving steel-cut oats with legumes, such as peanuts.



  One serving of steel cut oats provides 10 percent of the iron you need each day. Iron helps your body get the oxygen it needs to function properly. Without enough of this mineral, you may develop anemia. Symptoms of anemia include dizziness, heart palpitations, headaches and fatigue. You will also get 2 percent of the daily recommended value of calcium from each 1/4-cup serving of steel-cut oats. The strength of your bones and teeth depends on getting adequate levels of calcium, as your body does not manufacture this nutrient on its own.

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