ROLLED OATS vs STEEL CUT OATS
All oatmeal is NOT created equal! Oatmeal is a grain that takes about 30 mins to prepare from start to finish. For convenience the food industry has found a way to process oats to shorten that time.
ROLLED OATS: Whole oats that are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted. (Add water and microwave)
INSTANT ROLLED OATS: Rolled oats that are rolled even thinner and chopped up to almost a powder. These are usually sold prepackaged with added sugar and flavor. (Just add hot water and let sit for a few minutes).
STEEL CUT: "IRISH OATS" are whole oats chopped into pieces. (Bring water to a boil in a pot on stove and cook for 25 min)
Nutritionally,(aside from added sugar) these oats are the same. The difference is how your body then processes the oats.
The steel cut oats contain more fiber than the processed oats leaving you feeling fuller longer. The thicker pieces of steel cut also slows the conversion from carb to sugar in your bloodstream.
Stable blood sugar is key to shirking fat and building lean muscle mass. When blood sugar is stable, your body is balanced and naturally releases what it doesn’t need, like body fat, and sodium, but it also protects and grows your lean muscles! Stable blood sugar increases your metabolism, and controls carb and sugar cravings. Best of all it boosts your energy to helps you through the LUNGE FITNESS routines!
Steel Cut Oats
•2 cups water
•2 cups almond milk/Coconut/Hemp (or other non-dairy milk)
•1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
•2 tsp ground cinnamon
•1 tbsp ground flax + 1 tbsp chia seeds
•2-3 tsp vanilla extract
1. In a medium-sized pot, bring the water and almond milk to a boil. Add in steel-cut oats and reduce heat to low.
2. Stir in ground flax, and chia seeds. Simmer on low, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stir occasionally.
3. When the oats are creamy, remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and vanilla extract. Allow to cool before transferring into air tight containers in the fridge.
4. Warm on the stove with your favorite fruits.
Makes enough for 4 mornings for two!