How to make perfect oatmeal is not the real question, it is how to make it the way you love and enjoy it most. Growing up as a young child it was always a treat to go to Grandma’s house to have breakfast. You could count on getting freshly rolled oats served with fresh milk and raw honey. Grandma wasn’t aware of the nutrition of oatmeal and she wasn’t on a health kick, it was what she had that was available at the time. But for us it was a true treat.
Grandma’s trick to perfect oatmeal was simple, 2 parts water and one part rolled oats. She would use about 6 cups of water and about three cups of oatmeal and a quick shake of salt and that would make about 6 servings. Grandma did not understand just how much it was enjoyed and loved by all.
The trick was to get the water boiling and slowly sprinkle the oats into the water stirring gently, once all the oats were stirred in she would pull it from the stove, let it set for a few minutes, and serve it up. It was out of this world and so very healthy the way she served it.
Today we have store bought oatmeal and it comes in different styles and flavors. We have rolled oats that are steamed and rolled into flakes and rolled oats that are quick cooking which are simply rolled flatter and cut into smaller pieces. Steal cut oats are steamed then cut into small pieces and not put through the rolling process.
While all of these are still very nutritional the process of steaming and rolling depletes some of the minerals and vitamins. The best possible way to have oatmeal is to have the oat grains rolled right before you cook them.
Why is Oatmeal so Healthy?
It is filled with wonderful vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, and E. It also contains fiber, selenium, carotenes, phosphorus, magnesium, pectin, folic acid, calcium, potassium, lignans, and zinc.
What are the Benefits of Oatmeal?
A study conducted by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine concluded that this is a cholesterol free food that helps fight bad cholesterol while boosting the good levels of cholesterol. The fiber is recognized as having positive results for cardiovascular health and preventing oxidation of our arteries. Oatmeal also helps prevent type 2 diabetes and helps build the immune system. Other benefits include helping with insomnia, deterring cancer cells, and helps with eczema and other skin disorders.
Oatmeal digests slowly which helps you feel full longer, and actually helps you lose those extra pounds we seem to collect. Oatmeal is a whole grain and the United States Department of Agriculture recommends getting at least three servings per day of whole grains. Starting your day off with oatmeal is a great start.
While oatmeal is extremely healthy for us it is one of the least eaten cereals in the market place today. It is estimated by the Department of Agriculture that only about 5% of the oats grown today are actually consumed by people.
How to Make Perfect Oatmeal
Adding in your favorite fruit can make a bowl even healthier and delicious. Some popular favorites are apples, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and raspberries. Some other favorites are honey, brown sugar, milk, and maple syrup. Adding in your favorite preserves can also be a special treat. Some people prefer a nutty taste and add in granola or finely chopped nuts to enhance the flavor.
Though at the time we didn’t realize that Grandmas way of how to make perfect oatmeal was a very healthy meal for us, we sure loved the great taste. To us Grandma knew exactly how to make perfect oatmeal. We enjoyed every bite and would always want more. Simple to make and bountiful in healthy benefits, oatmeal is the perfect way to add whole grain into your daily diet plan.