Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Oats are what a champion thoroughbred eats before he or she wins the Kentucky Derby."

My last go-to breakfast dish is "old fashion rolled oats", AKA oatmeal! It's quick to prepare and a great source of complex carbohydrates. Remember, complex carbohydrates are slow-digesting which helps to keep blood sugars stable which in turn prevents energy crashes, as well as mid-morning feelings of hunger. I prefer to use the old fashion rolled oats because I don't care for the extras in instant oatmeal and I try to eat as clean as possible. Instant oatmeal is basically thinly rolled oats which are then cut into smaller pieces, pre-cooked and "enhanced" with natural/unnatural flavours, salt, sugar, and preservatives. The way the instant oatmeal is processed removes a lot of the slow-digesting property of the oat, however most of the other health benefits are the same in the instant oatmeal as in the thicker varieties. So, if instant is all you can manage in the morning, then try to aim for the "regular unsweetened" variety.

Cooking the oats takes about 10 minutes on the stove so when I know I'm going to be short on time I cooking them in the evening. Once prepared you then have the opportunity to add whatever you're craving ;) Below are some of my favourite toppings:
  1. Fruit, obviously!
  2. Unsalted unroasted nuts.
  3. Unsalted unroasted seeds ex: pumpkin, sunflower, etc.
  4. Almond or soynut butter
  5. Goji berries
  6. Cocao nibs
  7. Spices such as cinnamon, allspice or vanilla bean
  8. All the above :D
Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and Love,


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