Tara’s Tuesday Tips Answers the Question:
Is Your Oatmeal Making You Fat?
YES, it is!
» If You:
- Eat too much of it: One serving of cooked oatmeal is ½ cup uncooked or about one cup cooked. Depending on the type of oats you are using, one serving is approximately 190 calories, 5 grams protein, and 4 grams of fiber. Measure it! One cup cooked. If you accidentally double it, you double the calories!
- Eat it plain: Oatmeal is a fabulous food on its own HOWEVER, when eaten alone it will spike up your blood sugar so you must eat it with a little protein and fat to increase satiety and steady out that blood sugar. So, pair it with nut butter, nuts, chia seeds, or almond milk (dairy if not vegan dairy sensitive).
- Are eating it out of one of those cute little paper pouches: Don’t do that! Those paper envelope things contain a bare replica of oats covered in chemicals, sugar, dyes, and oil.
- You turn your oatmeal bowl into the candy bowl: Calories and sugar add up with a bowl of oats. Look out for portion sizes of brown sugar. I know it tastes so good when you swirl brown sugar into hot oats. I know! BUT one tablespoon of brown sugar is about 60 calories. It adds up quick.
- Top it off with too much topping: Dried fruit, chocolate chips, honey, agave, maple syrup, jellies, yogurt, nut butters, seeds. All wonderful foods to top your yogurt with … in moderation. PORTIONS!
No, it isn’t!
» If You:
- Make your own oats: I have 4 words for you: Steel Cut Instant Pot Oats. This is the answer you have been looking for. One pot, no stirring, make a big batch and divide it out into smaller batches and freeze them! OR make overnight oats! So easy!
- Mix in A Variety Protein: Not too much but not too little. I LOVE nuts or nut butters on my oatmeal, but I would put the same thing on my oats every day. There are other graet alternatives such as chia seeds, almond or dairy milk, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds or even yogurt.
- Watch your portions: Here’s the scoop on the portions: 1 cup cooked oats (or ½ cup uncooked), toppings: 2 tbsp nut butters, ¼ nuts, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup milk, ¼ cup seeds, ¼ cup dried fruit, 1 tbsp brown sugar, unlimited cinnamon. Got it? Good. Commit it to memory.
- Swap it in: Swap it for granola, grind it into oat flour in place of white or wheat flour, mix it with your quinoa, add it to pancakes for a nutrition boost, bake with it for added fiber, toss it in smoothies, eat it instead of donuts, bagels, sugary cereals, or bread for breakfast or lunch or a snack!
- Follow healthy recipes like these:
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