You might wonder why I’m writing about steel-cut oats on Thanksgiving Day…
Shouldn’t I be writing about stuffing yourself with stuffing? Shoveling in mashed potatoes? Washing it all down with a boat-load of gravy to make sure every last crevice of your stomach is filled?
But here’s the thing… If had to guess, I’d say you’ve probably already had your Thanksgiving meal earlier this afternoon. The prayer has been said, you’ve gone around the table and shared what you’re most thankful for, & you’ve chowed down to your heart’s content (long past the point of slight discomfort to the point of “unbutton the jeans” fullness… or better yet, “go change into something with an elastic waistband” fullness.) After all, Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year you are not required to count how many crescent rolls you devour.
And now. Ugh. Now your body is left with the mammoth task of digesting the aforementioned feast, and you wonder if you’ll ever be hungry enough to eat again!
The funny thing about our bodies though, is they always manage to get hungry again. So when that time comes for you (even if it isn’t til the next morning), I give you… Steel-Cut Oats!
They are a great breakfast anytime, but they are especially spot-on when you need something nourishing the morning after you’ve committed every sin in the culinary book. You see, I find that sometimes a well-deserved Thanksgiving Day splurge can turn into a 4-day-weekend Carb-Fest, and by the time it’s over you’re ten pounds heavier and you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. That’s not what we want!
So use the “morning-after” breakfast as an opportunity to get right back on track with your health goals! It’ll set the tone for the whole day. Next thing you know you’re taking a family walk together… playing an active game like charades… munching on carrot sticks as a snack.
Now then, let’s talk about steel-cut oats.
They are immensely nutritious!! High in fiber, packed with iron, and a source of valuable proteins. As complex carbohydrates, they stabilize your blood sugar and provide you with lasting energy and a satisfying feeling of fullness. They are basically da bomb. (And yes, I felt it necessary to use that phrase. Yes, I know it is 2013.)
They are also a great vehicle for lots of other beneficial add-ins.
Some of my favorites?
-natural peanut butter or PB2
-sunflower & pumpkin seeds
-almonds and other heart-healthy raw nuts
–gogi berries (or any berries!)
-cinnamon (did you know cinnamon speeds up your metabolism?)
The list really is endless! You can get as creative as you want to.
And a perfect pairing to this uber healthy breakfast would be a nutrient-rich and impossibly tasty Green Smoothie! Give it a try… it’s fun getting a fresh start after a day of indulgence!
Here’s how I like to make my steel-cut oats. (By the way, you can find these in a regular grocery store near the quick oats. But compared to quick oats, these have more fiber, an awesome chewy texture, and a nice nutty flavor. The winner hands-down! You can also order them online if you’re into that sort of thing.) One special note: Cooking times for steel-cut oats can vary. The brand I buy does well using the method I’ve given you in the printable below, but feel free to try out the instructions on your individual package instead!
- ¼ C. steel-cut oats
- ½ C. water
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅛-1/4 tsp. Stevia (or equivalent amount of other natural sweetener)
- 3 Tbsp. milk of choice
- ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground flax seed (optional)
- *Other healthy add-ins (optional)
- In a single-serving (microwave safe) bowl, combine dry oats, salt, stevia, cinnamon, and ground flax (if using). Pour water over mixture, til oats are covered by about ½ inch. Microwave on high for 2-4 minutes (depending on how chewy you prefer the finished texture.) Keep an eye on the oatmeal as it microwaves to insure that it doesn't bubble over. Allow to sit in the microwave a minute or so. When cool enough to handle, remove from microwave and stir in milk and other add-ins (such as nuts, raisins, berries, etc.)
I’d love to hear all about your Thanksgiving in the comments! What new/experimental dishes did you try out this year? Did you do any of the cooking or did you get to relax and be served by others? What awkward thing was said or done by one of your family members? 😉 Don’t ya just love this time of year?
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