Cold cereal is a common breakfast choice. However, cold cereals are often filled with sugar and worse–corn syrup. Steel-cut oatmeal is a far better option. These essential grains are inherently full of nutritional value and are high in B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in salt and unsaturated fat. One cup of steel-cut oatmeal contains 8 g of insoluble fiber.
According to the USDA, whole grains reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure and even help prevent heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Whole grains also help flush fat and cholesterol out of your system and provide powerful antioxidants that help you stay healthier, look younger, and live longer.
Even though cooking traditional steel-cut oats can take between 30 and 40 minutes, there are instant options offering only five minutes of prep time.
The alternative and convenient flavored oatmeal is not an option. A generic packet of apple cinnamon oatmeal packs 12.4 g of sugar, 170 mg of salt and only 2.8 g of fiber. To counter this point, one might argue it has a bit more flavor than the standard steel-cut oat. Touché, but there are several things you can do to spice up your oats like adding blueberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey or real maple syrup.
For those who are more adventurous try this recipe from Precision Nutrition, a cookbook that takes you through good foods and bad foods and helps you plan your meals. There are many other variations in the cookbook, but this recipe (Blueberry Almond Coconut Steel-Cut Oats) is sure to be a hit. Enjoy!