|Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats|
Oatmeal is filling. I used to eat it a lot during my first pregnancy with Mia. It was more of the instant variety, but I do remember it keeping me full for a while. There are always gradual transitions into real food, because now I never get the instant kind and I always get...
Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free* Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. (It doesn't have to be this brand, it's just a brand I recognize and trust.)
|Life Insurance You Eat - Good Motto|
This package contained 4 bags of oatmeal**
So, anyway. Back to oats. My dad used to make oats every Sunday morning before church. I ate them most of the time, I think, but I couldn't always finish my bowl because they are just so...satiating! It doesn't take much.
The neat thing is is that there's an easy way to do oatmeal simply that will also hugely improve its nutritional profile as well, and as an added bonus, will result in faster cooking!
As a grain, oats can still be hard to digest if not soaked or sprouted. Either of these methods help unlock the nutrients in the oat by reducing phytic acid (an anti-nutrient) and allowing your body to assimilate the actual nutrients in the grain.
How to soak? Glad you asked. It's really quite simple.
You'll need (per Nourishing Traditions):
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup warm filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of an acidic medium (i.e., whey, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, or for lactose-intolerant, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds (optional)
|2 cups oats - |
(I usually make more and reheat leftovers the next day)
Mix oats with the warm water and 2 TBSP of acidic medium in a bowl. Cover and leave for at least 7 hours or overnight.
In the morning, bring 1 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to a boil, and add the oats & water & acidic medium mixture. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer. Once cooked (should probably only take about 5 minutes!), you may add ground flaxseeds if you'd like for additional nutrients.
|2 cups of oats + 2 cups of water with |
2 TBSP acidic medium
**Frugal Tip: If you're an avid oatmeal eater, I'd highly suggest participating in Amazon's Subsribe & Save options they provide for groceries. You sign up to receive these rolled oats on a regular basis (you select the frequency) and because you are a subscriber, you save between 5-15%! It also ships free! The last time I ordered oats from Amazon, I paid $16.69 total for 4 packages. That's a little over $4/package. I should be receiving another shipment soon (the box lasted me quite a while!) and Amazon let me know that the price has dropped and I'll only be paying $12.75 with my discount. That's $3.18/2-lb package, and if you are soaking these bad boys, you'll probably go through the package more slowly as soaked oats tend to be more filling. This means this can be a very filling and frugal breakfast route!