Monday, January 16, 2012

Oatmeal and Me (and You)

You know, as far as healthy eating goes…we’re all actually pretty lucky.

Unlike most folks who are re-starting their healthy eating habits and dealing with a daily battle against fast food temptations, we aren’t tempted by breakfast biscuits, burgers, and fried chicken. We can’t eat it.

However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my very own battle some mornings between my cravings for all things potato, and my brain that knows that hashbrowns do not a balanced breakfast make.

Oatmeal is my favorite healthy, good for me breakfast. All that soluble fiber helps my cholesterol, keeps my blood glucose in balance, and digests slowly which keeps me fuller longer. Fiber is good friends, and oatmeal is an easy way to give yourself a boost!

Gluten Free? Yep, but make sure your oatmeal says gluten free on the package. Commonly processed on the same equipment as wheat, some oats are even grown in adjoining fields. So be careful!

My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free. I love their rolled oats and their steel cut. My favorite on the go instant oatmeal brand is Glutenfreeda.

But you have to keep it interesting! Eating the same bowl everyday can be…boring. And I have to be careful. Since I’m still in a weight loss mode (13 pounds down, 20 more to go) I can’t go overboard with the nut butter toppings, granola, and what nots. With that said however, I do love toppings. And I feel like if I add about 50 calories of nutrient dense toppings, then I’m good.

…but one of my favorite bowls was topped with cheesecake! So, it’s everything in moderation!

Can’t eat oatmeal? Try breakfast quinoa!! No joke, read more here.

Gluten Hates Me: Favorite Oatmeal Bowls

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Creamy Blueberry Oats

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Strawberry Cheesecake Oats

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Crustless Peach Pie Oatmeal

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Honeymoon Oats


Want to find more ideas for gluten free breakfast?

Just click on ‘gluten free breakfast’ in the tag cloud on the right hand side of this blog!