Do You Love Healthy Cereal?
Learn how to Boost the Nutritional Value of your Oats. Oatmeal is a healthy cereal and makes for a hearty breakfast staple. Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds.
Half a cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains Manganese: 191% of the RDI. Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI. Magnesium: 34% of the RDI. Copper: 24% of the RDI. Iron: 20% of the RDI. Zinc: 20% of the RDI. Folate: 11% of the RDI. Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI.
Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin). This is coming with 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fibre, but only 1267.75 kilojoules. Therefore oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.
Oatmeal Types Varies
However, oats on their own I find to be quite bland. While the type of oatmeal available varies and your favourite is a personal preference, many pre-made muesli and granola blends of oatmeal are sugary breakfast cereals masquerading as healthy.
By ensuring that you choose plain oatmeal, you start with a better base for a filling and healthy breakfast. Adding healthy toppings and flavours helps to make oatmeal more interesting without losing out on its healthy breakfast components.
Here are some tips for your healthy cereal
- Tip 1– Purchase oatmeal in the most natural form
- Tip 2Sweeten your oats yourself using natural sources, such as maple syrup, coconut sugar or honey.
- Tip 3– Add dried fruit, nuts, seeds and spices to top your oatmeal either raw or after it’s been cooked. For example, chopped apricots, dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, banana chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger all add taste, texture and nutrition to you healthy breakfast morning bowl. Raid your kitchen pantry and experiment with different combinations to find one you like the best.
- Tip 4– Add all combinations of fresh or tinned fruit to your bowl of oats topped with your favourite yoghurt either cows or coconut.
- Tip 5– Bake your oats into healthy squares for your own breakfast or energy bars. By combining oats with your favourite gluten-free flour formulas, favourite dried fruit and nuts, peanut or soy butter, honey and sweet and savoury spices, your oatmeal becomes portable for sharing or eating on the go.
I love rolled oats because they are pressed to reduce the cooking time. While instant oats and oatmeal packets are further processed and often flavoured and are not necessarily as nutritious.