I love oatmeal. especially in the winter time, it keeps me warm and full and the variety of things i can put in it keeps my creativity going (this recipe is an example).
Unless you're new to this planet, I am sure you know oatmeal is great for you! Just remember The food label on your package of oats should list one ingredient: whole grain oats. Avoid prepackaged oatmeal that may be high in both sodium and sugar and lower in beneficial fiber.
8 Reasons To Love Oatmeal
1. Low calorie food; stops cravings. A cup is only 145 calories! It also stays in your stomach longer, making you feel full longer. You will have less hunger and cravings.
2. Provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat plus It’s on the short list for the highest protein levels of any grain.
3. Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of type 2 diabetes The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high levels of magnesium nourish the body’s proper use of glucose and insulin secretion.
4. Removes your bad cholesterol. Many studies have shown that the unique fiber in oatmeal called beta-glucan, has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels
5. Contains lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer.
6. Contains unique antioxidants beneficial for heart disease.
7. Enhances immune response to disease. The unique fiber in oatmeal called beta-gluten also has been shown to helps neutrophils travel to the site of an infection more quickly and it also enhances their ability to eliminate the bacteria they find there.
8. It tastes good! Especially this chocolate oatmeal recipe ;)
Combining all these benefits along with the benefits of raw cocoa powder (improves circulation, digestion and is a great source of antioxidants), Cinnamon (keeps blood sugar stable), Hemp seeds (source of protein, rich in essential fatty acids) and pomegranate seeds (amazing antioxidant source and potent anti-cancer and immune supporting) you cant go wrong with this one!
Ingredients: (1 serving- adjust to your preference)
- about 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (i add a little bit of water to the pot when adding the almond milk- just personal preference)
- 1 TBS Raw cocoa powder
- 1/2 TSP High grade maple syrup
- 1 TBSP Hemp seeds
- Handful of pomegranate seeds
- Dash of cinnamon
- In a small pot combine unsweetened almond milk and water and add the oats. Bring to boil and then Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 min (depends on the brand) stir often.
- add the cocoa powder, cinnamon and maple syrup and stir until well combined.
- Once oatmeal is ready transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with hemp seeds and pomegranate seeds.