Blueberry Banana Chia Cinnamon Nut Oatmeal. Just sugar from fruit! Organic steel-cut oats cooked the night before and left ready on the stove for the morning, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, walnuts, and lots of cinnamon.
I usually hate oatmeal because the tasty, quick kind spikes my blood sugar and I’m instantly sluggish after eating it and the healthy, steel-cut kind is so thick and bland that I eat two bites and feel like I walked through the Sahara desert and still feel tired. But today, I tried this little combination and I enjoyed it and I have energy afterwards.
The food in this bowl has a bunch of health benefits, but here are just a few:
The chia & walnuts give it omega 3 fatty acids that are good for our skin and brain. The sugar in the banana makes it sweet without adding syrup, sweetener, processed sugar or honey. The cinnamon helps us lower our blood sugar levels so there is less of a blood sugar spike, and less of a crash afterwards. The blueberries have antioxidants. Steel-cut oatmeal is the lowest kind of oatmeal on the glycemic index because it’s a whole grain, that hasn’t been steamed or toasted like rolled oatmeal, and it takes longer for the digestive enzymes to get through all the fiber to convert the starch into sugar. So this helps with blood sugar spike too.
In the morning, I’m too sleepy to remember all of that and just want something that tastes good and makes me feel good.
It helps that Shane loves oatmeal and heats it the night before. He brings it to a boil and then instead of simmering it until it’s done, he turns off the heat and leaves it on the stove overnight. The residual heat slow-cooks it overnight leaving him a pot of steel-cut oats ready in the morning! Then he reheats them. I was lazy and ate it cold today, it felt refreshing instead of comforting and matched well with the cool fruit.
For folks who don’t have time to cook steel-cut oats in the morning, Shane’s trick might help you make the switch from sugary, processed, microwave oatmeal to real, nutritious steel-cut oats.