When Irish Oatmeal is Smiling

Breakfast.  Never really been a fan.  In in the early years of my thin and unhealthy self I never ate breakfast, choosing to go from dinner the night before until lunch the next day without eating.  And even now in my thin and healthy self I am not a huge lover of breakfast.

But I eat it.

I eat it because I need to.

Because I get up at 5:30am to workout and then usually have a class to teach before lunch I need to make sure I am fueled.  Fuel my energy and fuel my metabolism.

I still find breakfast a bit boring and utilitarian but there is one breakfast item on my menu that I love and actually look forward to every Tuesday and Thursday.  McCann’s Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal.

Here are some of the benefits of oatmeal according to the American Cancer Society:

1. Insoluble fiber’s cancer-fighting properties are due to the fact that it attacks certain bile acids, reducing their toxicity.

2. Soluble fiber may reduce LDL cholesterol without lowering HDL cholesterol. LDL is bad; HDL is good.

3. Soluble fiber slows down the digestion of starch. This may be beneficial to diabetics because, when you slow down the digestion of starch, you avoid the sharp rises in your blood sugar level that usually occur following a meal.

4. It has been found that those who eat more oats are less likely to develop heart disease, a disease that is currently widespread in the United States.

5. The phytochemicals in oat may also have cancer-fighting properties.

6. Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein.

My oatmeal recipe is super tasty and easy to make.  It literally takes 5 minutes.  I like to up the protein factor by adding half a scoop of vanilla flavored whey protein powder.  And, with the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg I douse on it, it ends up tasting like rice pudding .  On a side note cinnamon is really good for you as it is a helps control your blood sugar and nutmeg helps aid digestion.

But enough about how great my oatmeal recipe is.  Here’s how I do it.

Irish Oatmeal In An Instant

  • 1/2 cup McCann’s Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 Tblsp milled flaxseed
  • 1/2 scoop (approx 15 grams) vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or buckwheat honey
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Pour 1 cup of water in to small saucepan.  Add oatmeal and flaxseeds.  Over medium-low heat, heat oatmeal until it starts to thicken.  About 5 minutes.

Add remaining water and sprinkle in protein powder.  Stir and allow to incorporate.

When oatmeal is thickened to desired consistency, remove from heat and pour into bowl.  Add stevia, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Serves 1

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