Oats offer a lasting strength and energy that works great for getting through a demanding day or fueling a tough training schedule. A hot bowl of oatmeal works as a satisfying breakfast, warming lunch, or quick-to-fix dinner. Oats offer cholesterol lowering potential, heart disease fighting antioxidants, a heightened immune system response to harmful bacteria, blood sugar control, and gluten-free oats are a tolerable source of whole grain for one with celiac disease on a gluten-free diet.
Oats are an amazing source of nutrition year round, but the potential of oats at mealtime is limitless. In terms of the simplest meal, a bowl of oatmeal doesn’t have to be just a bowl of oatmeal. Consider Love Grown Foods Super Oats as an example. Love Grown Foods has packaged oatmeal with quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds, almonds, walnuts, and flaxseed. There are many similar products on the market that have added such wonderful ingredients.
Combining delicious ingredients like quinoa, nuts, and seeds with oats boosts the fiber, protein, and healthy fat content of a porridge meal. An all-in-one purchase such as unsweetened Love Grown Oats is a nice option, but any combination of these ingredients can be added to a standard oatmeal just as easy.
Consider this variation of a “Super Oatmeal” meal. I made 1/2 cup of the Love Grown Foods oatmeal with 1 cup of water as outlined on the package, but I wasn’t finished packing the bowl with super ingredients.
I then added cinnamon and unsweetened vanilla almond milk to the desired texture and flavor I like. It’s hard to believe a simple ingredient such as cinnamon supports blood flow and bood sugar control as well as defends against harmful bacteria. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk is a fortified source of calcium, vitamins D, E, A, and B12, zinc, magnesium, and healthy unsaturated fat. This combination adds super oatmeal qualities for merely ~15 calories.
I like a hint of sweet in my oatmeal. Instead of a heap of brown sugar I opt for a wonderfully soft, chopped Medjool date. This lovely touch of sugar also offers as a source of potassium, fiber, magnesium, and a touch of iron. I find adding subtle sweet notes to healthy meals such as this leaves me less inclinded to reach for less ideal, straight sugar sources throughout the day. Adding a date is also a way to work in the necessary carbohydrates a challenging training schedule requires.
One of my favorite oatmeal toppings is a heap (about 3/4 c.) of Greek yogurt. The hearty dose of protein from Greek yogurt offers just the right satisfying balance for this hot porridge. In addition to protein, Greek yogurt serves as a source of beneficial probiotics and calcium. Plain Greek yogurt makes a wonderful oatmeal topping. When I’m looking for that extra hint of sweet I will reach for vanilla Greek Yogurt. It creates a Cinnabon, icing effect to the hearty, hot meal yet offers more quality nutrition and sustainable energy than eating an actual Cinnabon.
A simple bowl of oatmeal can be quite a effective meal.
These oats are Super!
This meal made with vanilla Greek yogurt is approximately 370 calories, 6 grams of fat, 62 grams of carbohydrate, 6.5 grams of fiber, and 19.5 grams of protein