I have to admit, oatmeal used to be one of my least favorite breakfasts – unless it was maple oatmeal from a packet. But I have learned to really like it a lot! It is just SOOO healthy!
This is the way I have been eating it nearly every morning.
The one at the top right is mine. It is raw steel-cut oat flakes topped with organic dried cranberries, raw pumpkin seeds, 4 or 5 apricot seeds, a handful of raw almonds, a large handful of large coconut flakes, a small handful of ENJOY LIFE mini chocolate chips (they are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy free!), 1/2 banana sliced, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a pinch of bee pollen, frozen blueberries, a drizzle of unsulphured organic molasses and a spoonful of raw honey. Then I top it with milk. YUM.
My husband has started to eat it every morning too! It just does a body good, ya know? His is on the left. He eats the same type of oats, bananas, coconut flakes and chia seeds, but he varies his with raisins and pecans instead of all my other stuff. He likes his sprinkled with raw organic sugar and topped with milk.
I like to have grapefruit also. First. Grapefruit first…before the sweet breakfast. If you have ever tried it the other way around, you know why I am emphasizing that. =)
My grandmother, who lived to be 98 years young, ate oatmeal with raisins for breakfast every single day for the last several years of her life. She loved it. I believe it is part of the reason she lived so long. And she was healthy and mentally alert right up until the end!
I have to admit. I don’t eat them every single day. Sometimes I have french toast, an omelet, waffles, pancakes or on festive days maybe a cinnamon roll… but *most* days, it is this healthy, delicious oatmeal.
Why eat oatmeal for breakfast?
Here’s a quote from Healthy Eating that pretty much sums it up.
Steel cut oats differ from old-fashioned, rolled oats in only one way: Steel cut oats are not rolled flat into flakes. Instead, the whole toasted oat grain, or groat, that is used to produce rolled oats is cut into thirds to yield steel cut oats. Steel cut oats — also called Scotch, Irish or Pinhead oats — are nearly identical to old-fashioned, rolled oats in nutrition. Regularly eating steel cut oats gives you the same health benefits as rolled oats, says Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N. A diet that includes oats may decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
If you want more details, just click here and head over to their page to read more about it. In summary, eating oats contributes to a longer, healthier life.
DISCLAIMER: The link in this post to the ENJOY LIFE mini chocolate chips takes you to my Amazon store. They will pay me a tiny commission for sending you over to them to buy it.