A Breakfast that Sticks to your Ribs
It is the favored breakfast of farmers, they say, “Oatmeal sticks to your ribs.” Farmers need to eat a breakfast that will hold them through a morning full of strenuous chores. Their choice of oatmeal for breakfast helps because the water soluble fiber in oats slows the emptying of food out of the stomach and digestion in the GI tract. The result is they feel fuller longer on less calories. It works for farmers and it can be a great trick for you too if you are trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss.
When you eat oatmeal try Steel Cut oats. It is the least processed choice and has the highest amount of water soluble fiber. Steel Cut oats take a bit longer to cook, so consider cooking up one weekly batch and then just grab a cup from the refrigerator and microwave for a quick breakfast in the morning. Soaking the oats over night will also speed up the cooking time.
While this healthy oatmeal recipe calls for coconut and apricots, other dried fruits, such as raisins and cranberries, are also delicious. The addition of flax seeds adds a great source of the healthy omega-3 fats, something so m
any of us lack in our regular diet.
1 cup water
1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats (cook according to directions on the package.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 dried apricots
1 Tbsp flax
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Combine water, oats and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until creamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in flax and top with apricots and coconut.
Per serving: 242 calories; 43 g carbohydrates; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 1 g mono); 7 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g dietary fiber; 395 mg potassium; 12 mg sodium. Nutrition bonus: Magnesium (29% daily value), Iron & Vitamin A (15% dv)