Can my healthy eating plans include oatmeal? Many individuals assume that because oatmeal contains carbohydrates and sugar that it cannot be included in their healthy diet plans. Because of misleading information this seems to be the consensus. Well, the facts tell us that oatmeal can be a part of your healthy eating plans and should be included in your healthy eating guidelines. Here is why.
There are many varieties of oatmeal and it is true that many are not the healthiest forms of oatmeal and should not be included in your healthy eating plans. Steel-cut oats are chopped oat groats and the least processed type of oatmeal. There are also rolled oats and these oats are steamed. Then the most popular and generally the least healthy for you’re healthy eating plans are instant oats, which are precooked and often contain added sugar.
Steel cut or rolled oats can be used as long lasting energy because of the type of carbohydrate that they are. You can even make a healthy shake out of them by combining 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 scoop Prograde Protein Powder and 1.5 cups water. Oats of a healthy kind are usually eaten in what we think of as conventional ways, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Think outside the box a little to discover other ways to include healthy oatmeal into your healthy eating guidelines and healthy diet plans.
Nutritionally a one half cup serving of cooked steel-cut oats has 150 calories, 5gms of protein, 27gms of carbs and 4gms of fiber. One packet of plain instant oats has 100 calories, 4gms of protein, 19gms of carbs and 3gms of fiber. As you can see they have similar nutritional profiles with the steel cut oats being a little higher in overall carbohydrates and fiber. Now some would say that the instant oats would be better for your healthy eating plans, but if you notice I wrote “plain” instant oats. How many of you actually eat “plain” instant oats. What you see on the store shelves are instant oats that are usually flavored with something and many times filled with added sugar.
If you want to eat instant oats make sure you are selecting the proper type of instant oats for your healthy eating plans. You can always add chopped fruit, cinnamon or other low calorie flavorings to your oatmeal.
Some people are under the assumption that steel cut oats can not be made quickly and have to be cooked for long periods of time. Well there is an alternative to this method. Put 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup 1% milk, and 1/2 cup water into a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes, stir and then cook for 2 more minutes. While I am giving you a microwave recipe, I am not suggesting that you cook all your meals in a microwave. Though if you need a quick healthy oatmeal recipe to use every now and then this is it.
Continuing with thinking outside of the box have you ever tried substituting oats for bread crumbs in just about any recipe? All you have to do is use a food processor and finely chop the oats. Then you can add them to ground beef to be used in meatloaf or use them as breading for fish fillets or chicken fillets. Just because something has carbohydrates or sugar does not mean that it cannot be included in your healthy eating plans or healthy diet plans. Make sure you take the time to look at the full nutrient profile and think unconventionally in regards to how you can include that food into your healthy eating plans.