Oatmeal is already one of the healthiest meals you can eat because it contains beta glucan. In 1997, after reviewing 33 clinical studies performed over the previous decades, the FDA approved the claim that intaking at least 3 g of beta glucan from oats per day decreased saturated fats and reduced the risk of heart disease.
So oatmeal’s history of a health food is well deserved. Not to mention, it’s extremely affordable.
But did you know you can add even more nutritious value to your morning oats?
Here are 5 awesome super foods that can make your oatmeal even healthier:
- Chia Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Flax Seeds or Oil
- Almond butter
Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language and Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Hemp Seeds improve digestion, balance hormones, and improve metabolism. And they have an excellent balance of omega 3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are also considered the “perfect protein” because they contain all 20 amino acids and each of the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.
Flax Seeds are the richest sources of a plant-based omega 3 fatty acids and are also high in fiber. They also help with promoting healthy skin. Just add 2 T of flax seeds or 1 T of oil to your oatmeal and be on your way to healthier skin.
Gelatin is a type of protein derived from collagen. It contains very important amino acids which are the building blocks to protein. Gelatin provides amino acids like glycine that strengthen the gut lining and therefore lower inflammation. It’s a powerful super food that you can consume as a powder or is naturally occurring in bone broth. Since we probably won’t be adding bone broth to our oatmeal, the powder is your best bet. Don’t worry. It has no taste and will just make your oatmeal a little thicker. Gelatin can be a great additive to start healing any gut damage or digestive issues. But remember oatmeal is still a grain. So if you do have gut issues, you may want to seek a naturopathic doctor that can help you with foods you may be intolerable to for now.
Almond butter is simply ground up almonds into a butter. Almonds are high in riboflavin, Vitamin E and Manganese. They are also high in fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids. Almonds are incredibly filling and can reduce hunger at later meals.
Add these 5 power foods to your oatmeal along with some fresh berries or other fruit and you’ll be consuming more fiber, getting more omega 3 fatty acids, better digestion and on your way to even better health.