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Steel Cut Oats Review

Monday, March 25, 2013

I love it! I love it!! I went to Anthony's Health Hut here in Lakeland FL and bought 2 one pound bags of steel cut oats (at $1.50 per pound. I'll have to compare the price elsewhere.) I cooked 1 cup of oats, using 3:1:: water:oats, brought it to a boil on top of the stove and then simmered for 30 minutes. It was tender-crunchy and very filling. The whole batch weighed 24.4 ounces on my electronic scale, so I know my serving size is 6.1 ounces at least on this batch. Could vary depending on amount of water evaporated. This time I ate it totally plain, with no milk, sweetener, fruit or spice. I have 3 more servings in the refrigerator. Now I know I like it plain I'll start playing with adding stuff. I saw the Crockpot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats recipe on SparkRecipes and think I'll try that one as soon as I get to the store to buy the pumpkin.

Yes, this was part of my rewards for 4 years at or below my initial goal weight of 155 as of 3/21/09 and three years below 132 (here at home; below 135 at Weight Watchers) since 3/20/10. I also bought unsalted organic pine nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and PB2. Smile. Today I also bought a swim cap and swim goggles to help my swimming and compression leg sleeves and a foam roller to help my running. Oh, yeah, I also splurged and bought a new running outfit (actually 2 shirts -- one sleeveless and one short sleeved) that looks good with my newest running shoes that are primarily a teal color. I think all these rewards will help keep me happy and motivated!!

If you eat steel cut oats, how do you like it best? If you reward yourself, how often and how much?? Thanks for your input!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/27/2013 5:55AM

    Congratulations on your progress!

I love steel cut oats too! I love to sweeten mine with frozen cherries (dark, sweet cherries - no sweetener added) Cherries are an anti-inflammatory and I have an aspirin allergy, so I feel like I'm doing my body a favor when I eat them. I also love blueberries or mixed berries. Sometimes I add this unsweetened baked apple mixture that I make. It has cinnamon and other spices in it.

My view on rewards is do what ever motivates you. I like to mix it up with things that are free along with things that cost. What ever makes you feel good about yourself! Do it for both short as well as long term goals.

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IAMWINNING 3/26/2013 11:43AM

    Marsha, I'm glad you like the steel cut oats so much. Good for you for trying them plain at first.

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CINDYW1102 3/26/2013 10:56AM

    Thanks for sharing! It generated alot of responses with different recipes! Gotta love our SP friends emoticon I've been wondering about the steel cut oats...I have been a fan of oatmeal all my life, but my mom used to make it and serve it to us with butter and sugar. I usually eat it with blueberries or strawberries in it. I will definitely have to try to steel cut oats now. emoticon

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    I love steel cut oats in the crockpot. One word of warning though - make sure you really spray the crockpot with cooking spray or cook them during the day when you can stir them frequently - or they will stick to the crockpot and burn.

I like to chop up a couple of apples, add some cinnamon and cook them in 3/4 water and 1/4 almond milk - makes them very creamy.

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_LINDA 3/26/2013 2:05AM

    I used to do oats, but found their high calorie count difficult to fit in, love them though! I confess to have a sprinkle of brown sugar and a dab of marg floating in a bit of milk. I used to play volcano with them, slowly letting the marg run out of the mound into the surrounding milk. I cut way back on grains and only have one a day, whether its a slice of sprouted grain bread, Mom's marvelous muffins or very rarely, pasta.
Great rewards!!! Sound lovely!! My rewards I guess, are my Zumba clothes which came today :)) Footwear I consider a necessity with my bad feet it has to be top of the line and supportive, one thing I never scrimp on. The Zumba shoes will for sure save my knees as they pivot and slide so beautifully, no more sore knees!! Can't wait until spring finally comes and I have passage once again to a live Zumba class!!
Keep up the great work!! You are doing amazing!

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PMFISH 3/25/2013 11:59PM

    I just have the Bob's Red Mill rolled oats most every morning, sometimes cooked in micro or raw with the greek yogurt, flax seed, super seed (which has chi and several other in the mix), teaspoon coconut oil, sometimes a few walnuts, and fresh fruit, either blueberries or strawberries. I have never tried the pumpkin. Love your rewards and must say you deserve everyone of them. You are the achiever!!

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-AMANDA79- 3/25/2013 10:07PM

    My mother-in-law loves to make it in her rice cooker. I actually had it on my grocery list this weekend after reading another blog of yours, but they were all out at my grocery store. Enjoy your new gear!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 3/25/2013 9:46PM

    You'll love the Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats recipe from SP!!!

☺-:¦☆ ♥•*´Keep on Sparking!¨`*•♥ ☆

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MSLZZY 3/25/2013 9:19PM

    You really know how to reward yourself.
No steel cut oats here so I may have to shop out of town.

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MANDELOVICH 3/25/2013 8:56PM

    I like adding the following to my oats: flax seeds, chia seeds, almond butter, almonds, cinnamon, pinch of salt, and frozen blueberries. I know, sounds like a lot, but it's my favorite meal of the day. I eat it everyday, no matter what!

Steel cut oats are great, though I generally stick to old fashioned rolled oats.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/25/2013 8:29PM

    You already know that I like my steel cut oats cooked in skim milk, but other than that... love them plain, spiced, with fruit... just about however I can imagine, and I vary it a lot.

As for rewards, you also know I'm pretty regular about that, too. After I ran my 10 miler, I ordered a new running outfit for the upcoming half marathon. You're going to love it Marsha... it's a running SKIRT. I kept remembering Crystal from Boston and that really cute turquoise running dress last November... and her bright orange shoes?

Well, I had just bought the bright blue shoes, so the running skirt is "azul", and the new top is white. I might be mutton dressed as lamb when I wear it... but you know what? I don't care!

Don't you just LOVE healthy rewards? emoticon

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MNNICE 3/25/2013 8:24PM

    I usually cook up a batch on Sunday and then eat 1/2 c. servings heated up in the microwave for a quick breakfast. I like it best with blueberries, but is good with any kind of fruit.

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GABY1948 3/25/2013 7:32PM

    Great report, Marsha! You are such an inspiration and I am glad that you are getting so many of these things proves to me that it can be done and done WELL...Blessings to you!

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STRIVERONE 3/25/2013 6:51PM

    I like to throw in a few raisins at the beginning and some crushed almonds when it's done. but almost any chopped up fresh fruit, makes it interesting for me.

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JUNEPA 3/25/2013 4:50PM

    Wow girl, you are thriving !!
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My breakfast hot cereal is about 500 calories,
I mix equal parts of steel cut oats, quinoa, amaranth and add some teff (teff is more expensive) in a jar, say 2 cups each, and mix them up.
In another jar I mix equal parts of ground flax seed, chia seeds, hemps seeds, oat bran, wheat bran and wheat germ, which I store in the fridge.

In the morning I cook one tablespoon of Mix 1 in water for 20-30 minutes,then I had half a cup of frozen (fresh when in season) berries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries, remove from heat, add one tablespoon of Mix 2, add 3 tablespoons of oat bran (I am a Dukaner).
If the berries are fresh I don't heat them, I add them later with mix 2

Then I add half a cup of skim milk

So much nutrition and a great start to the day and about 500 calories.

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MILLERGIRL719 3/25/2013 4:31PM

    I eat them nearly everday. I make a pot on Sunday. I add golden raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, ground flax...I think that's all. I put them in small containers for the week. When I'm ready to eat I add almond milk and microwave for 30 secs, stir, 30 more. Delish!

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NEW-CAZ 3/25/2013 4:02PM

    that sounds yummy!

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KANDOLAKER 3/25/2013 4:00PM

    Love your review - and love your rewards for all your dedication. You deserve it!! It has been a few years since I've had steel cut oats, and I must try them again. Every morning I have 100% old fashioned oats with almond milk - and if it is day that I am running, I add some raisins. Yum - just one of my favorite meals - but I must try steel cut oats again soon. Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 3/25/2013 3:55PM

    Sounds yummy to me. I haven't had the steel cut oats in a while but you got me thinking. I have had them with pumpkin and cinnamon. Yum!

I just had a blouse made for me that I spent a bit much on. It's to go to a wedding down here that is dressy. I used a blouse that I love that is off the shoulder to give to the Mexican gal to use as a patttern. It was $800 pesos so like $70 US dollars which is more than I have spent on me in a while. But I got what I liked and I will consider it a reward for all my hard work maintaining.

Have a terrific week.

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MIRAGE727 3/25/2013 3:51PM

    Great review, Marsha. I will have to try them. Just had my oatmeal this morning and it's become a staple during the week. AND rewards are good!

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MKELLY72 3/25/2013 3:32PM

    Love the rewards! I like giving myself the kind that motivate me to move more too!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/25/2013 3:30PM

    That sounds yummy.

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JOYINKY 3/25/2013 3:08PM

    Hmmmm. . . I like the new car for a reward from DH idea! Fun to read the rewards and the responses to the oats. I eat old fashioned oats every morning; maybe need to treat myself to some steel cut.
I love that you treated yourself to the cap and goggles; they made a big difference to me when I used to swim laps. The outfits are always a lift and anything to help you physically is always a plus. You absolutely deserve it all! emoticon

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    I reward myself with feeling good. I don't give myself material rewards. But, maybe I should.


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/25/2013 2:43PM

    I eat my oats raw, believe it or not. 30 g of whole rolled oats, chia seeds, raisins, 6 oz of unflavored yogurt, sweetner to taste. Stir up and eat. Sometimes I mix it up before I go to bed (everything except the seeds) and let it soak over night. But mostly I just make it in the morning. Quick, easy, and just as tasty as cooked oatmeal.

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ROSEWAND 3/25/2013 2:22PM

    I love steel-cut oats. Have eaten them for breakfast
nearly every day for twenty years. I love them with a
little soy milk and blueberries. They are also good with
walnuts. Glad you found this emoticon healthy

PS: I purchase organic steel-cut oats from Whole
Foods in 50 pound bags for just a little more per
pound than what you paid.

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/25/2013 2:21PM

    I love steel-cut oats, too! A natural market near me sells them in the bulk bins for 99 cents/lb. You can cheat the time a bit by soaking them overnight in water (I use unsweetened almond milk), then microwaving it for a couple of minutes. It retains that satisfying texture. My husband stirs in peanut butter and jam, and I like to add dried fruit or a scoop of Nutella. Enjoy!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/25/2013 2:17PM

    Wow, very cool on the steel-cut oats! The 1-pound container I bought at an upscale grocery cost me nearly $6!!!

With all of your accomplishments, I think your husband ought to reward you with a trip to Hawaii or a new Cadillac! emoticon

But maybe that's just me!!!

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