Many of us have been conditioned to reject carbs now, ask questions later. But all carbs are not bad carbs, and a few truly great ones provide a wealth of nutritional benefits, without the massive amounts of sugar we associate with refined carbohydrates that strip away fiber and nutrients during processing (think: sugary cereals).
This one carb you can eat every morning without gaining weight gives your metabolism a kick and pairs beautifully with everything from fruits to nuts and seeds. And, if you are trying to lose weight or keep your weight stabilized, it’s the perfect breakfast choice.
Just one-quarter cup of steel-cut oats contains four to five grams of fiber, five to seven grams of protein, iron, and vitamins B6, A, zinc, calcium, magnesium, folate, and phosphorus. It has between 150 and 170 calories and a little goes a long way — thanks to its healthy carb content (balanced by protein), you'll feel fuller faster and for longer periods of time.
Soaking steel-cut oats overnight will help reduce the amount of cooking time you'll need to devote to them in the morning. These overnight oats recipes are delicious and require nothing of you the next day — wake up, grab one, and go.
Add Nutritional Toppings To Oatmeal
The best thing about oatmeal, aside from the fact that it is incredibly good for you and won't cause weight gain, is that it lends itself to a variety of healthy and delicious toppings. Add antioxidant-rich blueberries or tart cherries to your oatmeal, a tablespoon of chia seeds (a complete protein with omega-3's), and a handful of almonds for vitamin E and even more free radical-fighting antioxidants.
This is one carb breakfast you can enjoy daily without worrying about weight gain.
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