When we think of oatmeal, we often think of backpacking. An easy to make, carb loaded, light-weight breakfast, oatmeal is the perfect meal to start your day when hiking trails. We also think of the sugary packets of Quakers, containing not only oats but sugar and preservatives and dried berries.
Oatmeal isn't just a meal for the trails though (or a sweet breakfast for kids). Consuming oatmeal (organic and natural, of course) is quite excellent for your nutrition. Don't believe us? Here are just a few of the health benefits:
1. Oatmeal is Loaded With (Good) Carbs, Vitamins, and Fiber
Half a cup of dried oats (enough for a hearty breakfast) is packed with carbs, protein, and fiber. Oatmeal is also packing a serious punch when it comes to vitamins -- think copper, iron, and zinc, to name a few.
2. Oatmeal Contains Antioxidants
Craving oatmeal for breakfast this weekend? Eat up. Avenanthramides, a unique group of antioxidants found only in oats, is present in oatmeal. Researchers believe some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, protection against colon cancer, and benefits for your heart.
3. Oatmeal is Rich in Magnesium
Magnesium is essential to your body. The mineral helps to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure, among other things. Because oats are rich in magnesium, you are only doing your body favors by enjoying a wonderful bowl of oatmeal (natural and preferably organic) for breakfast (or anytime during the day!).
How to Prepare Oatmeal
To maximize the health benefits of oatmeal, we recommend buying organic steel-cut or raw oats (they are less processed). Top with your favorite organic fruits (berries and bananas are great), as well as some nuts, chia seeds, flax seed, and unsweetened almond milk. For a natural sweetener, opt for sliced dates or a drizzle of local honey.