We all know how good oatmeal is for us... but do you ever just get tired of it? My son told me the other day "Don't ever serve it again!! It's just SO boring!" I'd say that's a challenge issued. And so we've spiced up our oatmeal, made it more interesting and even made it healthier.
Long known to have cholesterol lowering benefits, (Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan - and since 1963, study after study has proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels), antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides are now being said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And if that isn't enough, according to The World's Healthiest Foods, oatmeal also has the potential to stabilize blood sugars, enhance immune response to infection, lower type 2 diabetes risks, and protect against postmenopausal breast cancer. #superfood
After reading all these oatmeal benefits I felt even more inspired to kick up our daily oats, and stirring in a tablespoon of chia seed brought not only an interesting texture balance, but calcium, antioxidants, omega-3's and protein (chia is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids). And then we added a little flax meal. Adding more omega-3's, flax also benefits the cardiovascular system in addition to bringing anti-inflammatory benefits. Don't forget about its boost to digestive health as well!
Top all these wonderful nutritional benefits with a handful of fresh fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon (cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar, reduce LDL cholesterol levels, has natural anti-infections compounds, and can help reduce pain linked with arthritis) and a spoonful of chopped walnuts (more Omega-3's, benefits to diabetes and heart disease, can increase your sperm count, and may help in warding off dementia), and you have one extraordinarily heathful and tasty (non-boring) bowl. Oatmeal is back on our table.
Ancient Power Oatmeal with Chia, Walnuts, and Flax
Filled with ancient grains and fiber-filled oatmeal then topped with fruit and nuts, this oatmeal is raised to another level. Stir in a little vanilla flavored almond milk and you have a dish even your teenagers will get up for!
4 cups water
1 cups steel cut oats
3 Tbs ground flax meal
1 Tbs chia seed
vanilla almond milk (we like Silk brand as it does not contain carageenan)
Bring water to a boil in a large pot on the stove. While waiting for water to boil, pour the steel-cut oats into a small bowl. Add the chia and flax, stir to combine.
When the water is boiling, add the oat mixture. Reduce heat to medium low and stir. Allow to simmer lightly until the water has been absorbed (about 25 minutes). Stir occasionally
Ladle into serving bowls and top with your favorite fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a spoonful of chopped walnuts. Serve with milk of your choice (we love ours topped with vanilla almond milk!)
Liv Life Note: If you think far enough ahead, start your oats before you go to bed! Simply bring the water to a boil and add the oat mixture. Turn stove off and cover. Go to bed. When you wake in the morning, most of the water will have been absorbed and you just need a quick heating and maybe a little water added to have your meal ready faster.