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Good Food Gone Bad

In an effort to be more health conscious you decide to give oatmeal a try.

It’s a Sunday morning and you’re writing down your grocery list.  In an effort to be more health conscious you decide to give oatmeal a try so you put it down on your list.  Oatmeal has an incredible reputation as being one of those super foods.  It is a very healthy carbohydrate source that is full of dietary fiber, protein, and even contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.  This is all translates into you feeling fuller longer, having more energy, and eating a food that will work with your body instead of against it. 

So you pick up the box of oatmeal and check out all the different flavors you can possibly buy.  The promise of the oatmeal being done in a matter of minutes in the microwave makes this even more appealing because it seems convenient.  But you shouldn't buy it.  This can be a terrible health decision and put you further away from your goals. 

How so?  I listed all the great things about oatmeal before. 

There’s a huge difference between oatmeal and the quick and instant oatmeal.  When you purchase the quick and instant types of oatmeal you aren’t buying all those health benefits of oatmeal.  Instead, you are buying a product that is packed with artificial ingredients, colors, and flavors.  These products may contain regular sugar or even worse, high fructose corn syrup.  This all leads to a “health product” that has a significantly higher glycemic index, meaning your blood sugar spikes up high.  One of your most important eating goals should be to level out blood sugar and avoid spikes throughout the day.

So which oatmeal do you buy?  The answer is any oatmeal that contains only one ingredient and takes longer to cook.  You need to pay attention to the list of ingredients and not just nutrition facts.  Steel cut oats or old fashioned oats should be your only choices. 

Make a bowl of oatmeal and have a piece of fruit with it and some sort of protein like a hardboiled egg.  You will feel MUCH better in the morning and for the rest of the day if you switch from a breakfast of quick oats to the one I just suggested.  It will be a little more preparation time so if you need to wake up 5 minutes earlier.  Waking up 5 minutes earlier to set your day of right is worth the tiny little bit of sleep you’re sacrificing. 

Another option is to just take the oatmeal as it is and put anywhere from a quarter cup to a cup (based on your daily caloric needs) and add it to a breakfast smoothie. 

A great and easy to make breakfast shake is:

1 cup almond milk, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 banana or 1 cup blueberries, and ¼ - 1 cup oatmeal.  

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dani tosh February 27, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Raw oatmeal or cooked for that shake?
SockPuppet February 27, 2013 at 08:37 PM
That's not a shake, that's grout!
Jo February 28, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Steel-cut oatmeal is the very best. No powdery residue, just whole grain oats. I adore it, and after Doug's essay, I ran into the kitchen to make it for breakfast. I grew up eating real, not "manufactured" food, so it's hard to understand why people make so many excuses about not having time to treat their bodies right, especially since it's the only one you get! Remove your cooked portion and add a little drizzle of PURE maple syrup, a sprinkling of currents and a little milk. There are so many ways to dress it up to your taste. You can easily heat up leftover oatmeal in the microwave.
Walter O. February 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Steel cut oatmeal is excellent. I add it to wheat or whole grain pancake mix adding some cinnamon...delicious! Not to mention its great "ruffage" for those of us that get constipated from time to time. I'd love to see additional articles on health foods for healthy living.
Frazure February 28, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Try eating raw oatmeal........then I think you will decide cooked oatmeal may work better.
Jo February 28, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Walter, thanks for the tip. I never would have thought the steel cut oatmeal could cook up fast enough for pancakes. I used to add bran flakes to pancake mix, and sometimes used plain yogurt instead of milk.
shelly March 01, 2013 at 06:48 AM
walter I never eat breakfast nor lunch just dinner and still then i dont eat much. My problem is when i do eat breakfast one day and eat dinner i am so constipated that i took Myrilax plus a phosperous drink and still cant go when i do empty what can u suggest thanks shell
SockPuppet March 01, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Jo, steel cut oatmeal takes half an hour to cook, so if you consider that fast, it'll work for you. Cook it in less time and you'll get a lot more ROUGHAGE than you bargained for!
Comfortably Numb March 02, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Walter, I've seen many of your posts in the past and I know this is probably too much for you to handle and probably too advanced for you but just for the record....this is how you eat oatmeal http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/717434/candace-bailey-and-sara-underwood-wrestling-in-oatmeal-an-important-milestone-in-film-and-photography/
Doug Corbett March 04, 2013 at 10:56 AM
The oatmeal should be raw. You need to use Quaker Oats Old Fashioned brand. Steel cut oatmeal won't work.
Doug Corbett March 04, 2013 at 10:58 AM
If the consistency is too thick, add water to it. It also depends on what type of blender you have. I use a Vitamix.
Doug Corbett March 04, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Shelly, what are you eating for breakfast and dinner? The problem might not be eating breakfast and dinner in the same day. The problem might be your food choices.
Diane Dorman March 04, 2013 at 10:07 PM
If you don't have a half hour to cook steel cut oats, the night before micro wave 2 cups of water and pour it over 1 cup of the oats and let it sit over night. The next morning add another cup of water to the mix and microwave. It will take less than 10 minutes to be ready. Use a large container so it doesn't boil over

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