Oatmeal: Quintessential City Zen breakfast
It is a magic cereal, not only because it allows you to combine it in almost infinite ways, but it also fattens the skinny and thins the fattest.
You can leave it prepared the night before and enjoy delicious overnights oats the next day without any effort. What\"s more you can eat them in the same jar in which you leave them preparing.
You can eat it hot or cold and in the range of flavors you choose.
Personally I prefer whole oats so that it retains all its fiber and texture. And I generally eat it sweet and warm. Except in summer when no breakfast seems as rewarding as having a cold and freshly liquefied pineapple juice with oatmeal.
This morning I prepare wholemeal oat flakes that I heated in coconut milk with banana, added pea protein, a touch of stevia and finally a topping of broken cocoa beans. I love adding cocoa beans to my breakfast I feel an almost immediate punch of energy and I really enjoy the contrast of its hardness and bitterness with the softness and sweetness of oatmeal.
Oatmeal helps lower cholesterol. A bowl of oats of approx 40 grams has 47% of the beta-glucans that are recommended to consume daily. It is for this reason that oats are considered a food that can help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. This in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Its high fiber content can help us prevent constipation, diabetes or being overweight. In general, it helps us maintain a healthy digestive system. Furthermore, it is a highly tolerable cereal. Despite this, oats contain proteins similar to the gliadin
of wheat, called avenins, which are capable of causing a reaction in some people with celiac disease. That is why celiac people are recommended to consume only those oatmeal products that declare in their packaging to be suitable for Celiacs.
Oatmeal also provides vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and zinc. These vitamins and minerals help the correct functioning of the nervous, cognitive, immune systems as well as the correct function of the muscles and bones.
How will you prepare your oatmeal today?