I have delightful early memories of my mom making big batches of oatmeal for all five of her children. Maybe that’s why I love it so. Besides having happy memories, oatmeal has many wonderful qualities:
- With a low glycemic index oatmeal is assimilated slowly, keeping sugar levels stable.
- Oatmeal is thought to increase milk levels for breastfeeding mothers.
- Insoluble fiber’s cancer-fighting properties are due to the fact that it attacks certain bile acids, reducing their toxicity.
- Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein.
- Lowers cholesterol
There are so many ways to prepare your bowl of oatmeal…but my favorite way is to turn it into a “power breakfast” with lots of embellishments. Oatmeal has never tasted so good! Here is the buffet of deliciousness that I put out for toppings…and yes, I add ALL of them!
- Ground flax seeds
- Wheat germ
- Agave nectar
- Almond milk
- Hemp seeds
I used to put brown sugar on top…but realized that I was completely wrecking the nutritional value by putting that on. Brown sugar is just white processed sugar that has been colored brown…don’t be deceived 🙂 Agave or stevia are much better choices. Of course, no sweetener would be even better…and by adding bananas, you can do that. They’re so sweet! Adding all of these nutritional powerhouses turn your regular ‘ol oatmeal into an amazing treat!