Getting back to Oatmeal

A hot bowl of Oatmeal with maple sugar and cinnamon was one of my favorite breakfast meals growing up. Today Oatmeal is not limited to breakfast and cookies, but used to create a variety of savory dishes.
Oats start from the same grains, but they are cut differently. Oats can be purchased has Rolled oats and Steel Cut Oats.

Rolled Oats are whole oats that have been steamed, rolled lengthwise into a flat grain, steamed again then toasted.  They look like big flakes. Then there are quick oats, which are rolled oats that have been ground up a little bit more to make them cook faster. Quick oats are quick; whole rolled oats take a bit longer. The cooking time can be from 1 -6 minutes.

Steel cut oats are the whole raw oat that have been cut into smaller chunks. Steel cut oats look like a whole oat cut in half. So the steel cut oats definitely look like a freshly picked oat from the farm. Once cook steal oats look like rice. Steel cut oats have a sort of “nutty” flavor that rolled oats lack. They have a hearty texture in which you’ll chew every bite. The cooking time for Steel oats is about 20 – 30 minutes. Don’t fret there are quick cooking Steel Oats available.

When it comes to nutrients, let’s compare the Quaker Steel Cut Oats to Quaker Rolled Oats.

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1/4 cup of Quaker steel cut oats:                                                                                                    1/2 cup of Quaker old fashioned oats and quick oats:                                                 
 Calories – 150                                                                                                                                 Calories – 150                          
 Fat – 2.5g                                                                                                                                         Fat – 3g
 Carbs – 27g                                                                                                                                     Carbs – 27g 
Fiber – 4g                                                                                                                                          Fiber – 4g 
Sugar – 1g                                                                                                                                        Sugar – 1g
Protein – 5g                                                                                                                                      Protein – 5g  

Basically there is a ½ g difference in the fat content between the two.

One thing you want to avoid are the Instant Oatmeal that have a high sugar content and also has a high glycemic level of 83.

Oatmeal is a high fiber, good for reducing belly fat, lowering cholesterol, improving metabolism and aiding in digestion.
Here are a few new ideas to incorporate Oatmeal into your diet.