I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of oatmeal. Memories of sad, flavorless breakfasts emerge in my mind. The only time I really eat oatmeal is when backpacking due to it’s storability and filling qualities.
While the only good thing I can think of using oats for is Oatmeal Cookies, Oats have a bunch of wonderful health benefits.
Oats are super nutritious – a 1/2 cup of oats contains 191% the RDI of Manganese, 41% the RDI of Phosphorus, 39% the RDI of B1, 34% the RDI of Magnesium, 24% the RDI of Copper, and 20% the RDI of Iron and Zinc, not to mention 8 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.
Oats keep your heart healthy – Companies have been using this aspect for many of their marketing campaigns, but it’s true! Oats contain Avenanthramides, an antioxidant that may reduce blood pressure. The beta-glucan fiber that oats contain also helps to lower cholesterol.
Oats are good for digestion – Oats contain a lot of fiber, which is great for your digestive tract and keeping you regular. The large quantities of beta-glucan found in oats also helps to promote good bacteria growth in the gut.
Yet despite these wonderful qualities, many people, including myself, pass this grain up when it comes to their morning meals. And I don’t blame them…It’s probably the blandest breakfast I could possibly imagine. It’s bland it color. It’s bland in flavor. It’s like eating a bland bowl of goop.
My apologizes to all the oatmeal lovers out there, but clearly I have some issues regarding oatmeal that I need to work through….
That’s why I’ve created a mega-list of all the ways oatmeal can be transformed. While it’s bland, it is a basic building block for your breakfast bowls. From refreshing and fruity, to a chocolatey dessert, there are so many ways you can turn oatmeal into something you actually look forward to eating in the morning! I can’t wait to try them all!