January is National Oatmeal Month (I actually never knew this until yesterday).
Oatmeal is one of my FAVORITE foods, so upon learning that it has entire month, I quickly decided that I needed to write a post about it.
Oatmeal has many great healthy properties:
- A rich source of minerals:
- Mangesium: key for bone health, brain health, blood pressure, blood sugar, methylation and detoxification
- Manganese: Plays a role in blood sugar control, bone health, is part of the antixoidant superoxide dismutase
- Iron: Key for healthy blood cells, carries oxygen to your cells, key for DNA health
- Folate: Key for brain health, methylation, heart health, mood, production of key brain chemicals
- Copper: Contains anti-inflammatory properties, boosts immune health, protects bone density, brain health, collagen production
- Contains beta-glucan: Contains heart and immune heath properties, anti-cancer, prevention of cancer sores and more. Contains the benefits you know of heart health with your daily oats.
- Good for blood sugar control- source of fiber plus the extra nutrients as above
- Cholesterol-healthy: May help to lower LDL and raise HDL
- Good for digestion: Fiber! And more
Have I sold you yet on include oats/oat products?
Which oats to buy?
I usually recommend buying gluten free oats, even if you aren’t gluten free. They’re a bit more expensive, but there’s less cross contamination of all sorta- more care is taken in their production. Also, I recommend getting rolled oats (yes you can still microwave them! 1 minute in the microwave!)
- Trader Joe’s has great gluten free oats (not expensive)
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free rolled oats
- One Degree Organic Sprouted Gluten Free Rolled Oats
What to put on top?
This is where you can go crazy!
Always try to find a protein and/or fiber source and I love to add a natural sweet too:
- protein powder
- nuts (any!)
- seeds (any!)
- berries, banana or other fresh fruit
- honey, maple syrup
- dates/ figs or other dried fruit
- dehydrated coconut
- cacao nibs