February 27, 2014

Oatmeal Pairings: Strawberry-Banana Shortcake

HELLOOOO everybody!
And welcome to a new series of posts about my
favorite oatmeal pairings!
Funny enough, I used to DETEST the taste of oatmeal when I was
a kid. I tried for so long to eat oatmeal because I knew that it's extremely
healthy and filling, but I could never get past the taste.
After giving up for a while, I tried to reintroduce myself to oatmeal,
and surprisingly enough, I liked it!
For those who dislike oatmeal or can't stand the taste,
try cooking it in a mixture of almond milk (or any type of milk you drink) and water
instead of all water. If you're a nut butter fan (like I am), stir in a tablespoon of your
favorite nut butter to mask the oatmeal taste, or stir in a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey!
Try to stay away from all the brown sugar and what not because I find that
it's easy to add too much sugar and you'll need more sugar than necessary to mask the taste.

***An important note about cooking oatmeal:
soak the oatmeal that you're going to cook in some water overnight.
This will help with digestion. A lot of people out there say that it's crucial
to soak oats to get rid of the phytic acid (which is present in many nuts). While
oats do contain phytic acid, soaking them overnight won't make that big of a difference
and it's not truly detrimental to your health if you don't soak them, but the decision is
up to you ;) If you want to save time, soaking the oats overnight will help to soften them
and shorten the cooking time as well. 

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Shortcake Oatmeal
                                                                     By: Hannah Claudia                  

1/4 cup of cooked oatmeal
2 strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced

(opt: mix in some greek yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup, or pour some almond milk over it)


1. Mix all of the ingredients and enjoy your healthy breakfast! 

Benefits of Oatmeal:

-lowers cholesterol
-it's a whole grain
-lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
-stabilizes your blood sugar level
-extremely filling

Read more on: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=54

If you can't stand oatmeal, try to explore some different flavor pairings
to get your taste buds accustomed to it. I definitely think that oatmeal is kind of
an acquired taste and the cooking process definitely affects the taste. 
It's totally worth a shot to continuously introduce oatmeal into your diet because 
of all the wonderful health benefits!

xoxo, Hannah

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