This amazing bowl of oatmeal is the result of much research and testing, combining several highly potent and nutritious grains, its goal to provide long lasting satisfaction and energy for an active lifestyle.
Long have I heard that a bowl of oatmeal with some nut/seed butter was a great breakfast, but it wasn't until my father (an avid cyclist) started to eat it with breakfast that I started to look seriously at the nutrition of it. After reading several sources, it turns out that oatmeal has a wide range of health benefits, including immune boosting, and cancer prevent qualities, but what I was most interested to learn is that when consumed before a workout, oats change your metabolism in a beneficial way improving your physical performance.
The next grain in my oatmeal is amaranth, which is 13% protein and contains significant amounts of B6 (increases metabolism and energy production) and folate (great for the heart and cholesterol). Amaranth has also been linked to weight loss.
The final grain in this recipe, teff, was added after reading an article in the New York Times "Is Teff the New Super Grain?" and learning that teff is the staple grain of Ethiopia's legendary runners. Its an excelent source of vitamin c, calcium, protein and iron all great nutrients for a person on the go.
Take those grains, add some almond or sunflower butter (for those of us with nut alergies), this will add some healthy fats, and more protein, which will keep you full and slow down the digestion of the oats, providing you with longer lasting feeling of being full, and longer lasting energy from the oatmeal.
In addition to being great for active adults, kids love it and is a great start to any day.
- 2/3 cup of steel cut oats
- 1/6 cup of amaranth
- 1/6 cup of teff
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tbsp of almond or sunflower butter per portion
- Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil
- Add grains
- cool for 20 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes
- remove from heat when oatmeal achieve a creamy texture
- let sit for 10 minutes
- Add portion to bowl, add 1 tbsp of nut or seed butter and stir until blended
- If you like your oatmeal on the sweater side, add a 1-2 tsp of jam or agave (optional)
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