Oatmeal can be very healthful for breakfast, but not the individually pre-packaged, microwavable versions of it. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on one of those processed packages? It's surprising they can fit any oatmeal in one of those little packs with all the extra ingredients that are included! Even the organic version of these pre-packaged versions of oatmeal are questionable. And don't even get me started on how microwaving kills the nutrition in the food!
Many people don't even realize that there is oatmeal out there that doesn't come in those little microwavable packages, which might be quick and easy, but the sugar content alone removes all hope for them being healthy. Quick oats and instant oats are also very processed, so they are lacking much of their original nutrients, making them empty calories.
Although there are oat groats and steal cut oats that are the most minimally processed, I have never made or eaten them. My favorite oats to eat are the rolled oats version, which have most of their nutrients still intact, and they are easy to cook and taste yummy! (Update: I did end up trying the steel cut oats and was pleasantly surprised. Here is my recipe for steel cut oats.)
While cooking rolled oats may be elementary for some, there are many people who have no idea what to do with them. I have also added a couple healthful additions to my version of this yummy bowl of nourishment that you might like. My version is also correctly combined for healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.
Here is my recipe for oatmeal:
Ingredients for 1 serving -- all organic when available
(Just multiply times however many servings you need, and adjust the cooking time a little):
1 cup pure water
1/2 cup rolled oats
Sea salt to taste (Himalayan or Celtic sea salt is the most healthful.)
1-2 TBSP virgin coconut oil
Cinnamon to taste
Pure maple syrup to taste
Local, raw, unfiltered honey to taste
Almond milk, coconut milk, or flax seed milk (Animal milk does not combine well with starchy grains.)
Add raisins or bananas if you desire. (Fresh fruit, besides bananas, is a food combining no-no.)
In a small sauce pan, or larger for more portions, pour in the water and salt well to taste. Add the coconut oil to the water. Heat on high until bubbles form. Stir in the rolled oats and allow to return to a boil. Stir the oats and lower to medium low heat, leaving them uncovered. The more you stir them during cooking, the creamier they will be. Allow to cook and stir occasionally until they look like the picture, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 3-5 minutes, allowing the oats to unstick from the bottom of the pan.
Scrape the cooked rolled oats into a cereal bowl. Add the other ingredients to taste, mix it up, and enjoy!
Please tell me your healthy version of oatmeal in the comments below. Questions are welcome too!