Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I knew I was on to something when I started eating steel cut oats for breakfast (thanks to SPARK members for sharing that suggestion!), and I keep singing their praises at every opportunity. I came across this article today which reinforces what a great choice steel cuts oats are. So, if you are one of those who has not yet tried it (let me tell you once again that you are really missing out if you are not!), you might want to read this article I just came across on the Dr. Oz website.
Dr. Oz stresses the importance of a breakfast high in fiber. I have been more focused on high protein, so I usually add milk and peanut or almond butter to my oats to boost the grams of protein. That, of course, adds more calories. This works for me because I prefer a lighter lunch and dinner, but some days I need more calories available later in the day. So on those days, I will prepare the oats with water or unsweetened almond milk (love that stuff!!).
Dr. Oz adds flaxseed meal and fruit to his oats, as do I, but what he does that I don't is to use a touch of honey. I use a packet or two of artificial sweetener. I am not a fan of anything artificial, but I do like a touch of sweetness in my oats. I don't let myself use more than four packets over the course of a day (I use Stevia which I think it is a better choice than the others, but who knows), but I am thinking that I may start trying a touch of honey instead.
All in all, I found this article interesting and helpful, so i thought I would share.