A hearty bowl of old fashioned oatmeal is one of my favorite choices for breakfast. Not only does it taste good (when simmered to perfection), but oatmeal does an excellent job at keeping your tummy full for a while. It’s also good for your health—particularly, cholesterol levels.
A few facts about oatmeal:
-Reduces LDL cholesterol
-Rich in fiber
-Stabilizes blood sugar
-Helps with weight loss
-Rolled or old-fashioned oats are less processed than quick oats but more processed than steel-cut or Irish oats.
Studies have shown that as we age, our cholesterol levels tend to increase. About a year ago, I was informed that my numbers needed some work. I was in shock because I’ve never had issues with my cholesterol up until that point. In hindsight however, this is news I should have expected due to family medical history and the fact that I’m getting older.
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My take away from that doctor’s visit was that aside from exercising more, I needed to add healthier foods to my diet. I immediately thought about how it would probably be a good idea to start eating fewer waffles for breakfast and having more oatmeal instead.
How to Prepare It
You probably wouldn’t think there is much to cooking a good bowl of oatmeal, and there isn’t. However, if you are finicky about the consistency and flavor of your cooked bowl of oats like I am, you know it’s crucial to find that “sweet spot.” I’ve had oatmeal prepared by different folks on a few occasions, and I’m telling you it takes special know-how to get it right.
About nine years ago during my stay at JW Marriott while on a trip to Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to indulge in one of the creamiest bowls of oatmeal I had ever eaten. It was almost as delightful as my grandmother’s. I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was. And it’s not that I haven’t had good food in hotels, I’ve just never had good oatmeal.
I’ve tried a variety of oats to include steel-cut, quick, and those super-processed little packets of instant oatmeal. By far, my favorite has always been the rolled oats that you slow cook to a thick, creamy consistency.
Here’s my easy one-serving recipe; it’s so simple anyone can make it.
- ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ tsp. Pink Himalayan salt, ¼ tsp. cinnamon (optional), ½ tsp. vanilla (optional), 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup of water.
Pour oats, salt, and cinnamon into a small, heavy saucepan. Add all other liquids. Cook uncovered on medium/low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not overcook.
You can spice up your bowl with almond butter, fresh berries, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or whatever you prefer. Just be careful not to add anything that contains too much sugar or saturated fat. I prefer to enjoy mine with a banana or some berries on the side.
I set mine on the stove and let it cook while I’m getting dressed or putting together my lunch for the day. It’s not inconvenient for me at all.
Let me know if you try this. Also, what’s your favorite way to make oatmeal?
All the best, always.