Whole grains are a big part of the diet of many who live to be centenarians. Plus, nowadays everyone is telling you to cut out wheat and go gluten-free. If gluten doesn’t agree with you, you can safely eat oatmeal and it’s full of benefits.
The recipe below is one of my favorite ways to eat oatmeal.
Oatmeal Breakfast of Champions
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 3/4 cup water
- a handful of berries fresh or frozen as available
- 1/2 banana sliced
- 1/4 tsp. chia seeds ground course
- 1/4 tsp flax seeds ground
- 1 tsp honey if you want it sweetened
- 1/2 tsp bee pollen
- a handful of walnut halves or pieces
- 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt plain
- Make oatmeal according to package directions
- Mix in berries, banana, yogurt, walnuts, seeds, bee pollen, honey.
I remember as a kid mixing up an oatmeal mask for my face by blending oatmeal, water, and honey. I plastered it on my face and let it sit for about twenty minutes. When I washed it off my face was silky and smooth. As a teen, I also used Yardley of London’s oatmeal soap along with a facial brush and had a perfect complexion. Oatmeal baths are wonderful for irritated skin and help if you have psoriasis.
It will lower your cholesterol and boost your immune system. It contains a particular antioxidant called avenanthramide that prevents free radicals from attacking good cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, prevents diabetes as well as breast cancer, and is gluten-free.
The recipe below combines several other power foods making it a true breakfast of champions! It’s filling and satisfying. This is coming from someone who’s never been much of a cereal eater.
Make sure that the oatmeal you use is plain and as pure as possible. Avoid instant because it’s processed and sometimes contains sugar or other additives. Honey helps to prevent allergies, soothes sore throats, gives you more energy, and boosts your immune system. Try to use local honey if possible. When you eat local honey, you’re actually ingesting small particles of allergens from the flowers the bees help pollinate, and it makes you more resistant to being allergic to them.
Chia and flax give you healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Chia is an ancient Aztec/Mayan grain. Remember Chia pets? Don’t worry, you won’t start growing your hair. Chia helps your heart, blood sugar, is high in antioxidants, and will even assist in weight loss.
You may also enjoy this oatmeal with pineapple, raisins, and walnuts recipe.
What do you like best in your oatmeal? Please leave a comment and share. We’re hungry!