Include oatmeal into my healthy meal plans? Are you serious?

When was the last time you were told to eat carbohydrates as part of your healthy meal plan?  Probably not very recently.  Most of the times you will see "carbs are bad" and "you are killing yourself by eating carbs".

Unfortunately there are many mis-informed people out there that jump to conclusions and assume just because something contains sugar that it is bad for them.

They are sadly mistaken and are either not learning the correct info or they are listening to the wrong people.

Oatmeal is one of those foods that should be included as part of your meal plan for many reasons.  One of them being it will HELP you lose more weight via hormone control.

There are many forms of oatmeal and one form that you should not consume is processed oatmeal.  Many times these forms DO contain additional or extra sugars that are not needed in the oatmeal.

The least processed oatmeal and a form that you should include in your meal plans is steel cut oatmeal.  Steel cut or rolled oats are excellent for long term energy because of the carbohydrate form that they provide.  They will also help with leptin levels to keep fat burning at a premium.

You can also include these types of oats in shakes by combining 1/2 cup of rolled oats with 1 scoop of Prograde Protein Powder and 1.5 cups of water.

If you think outside the box a little you can come up with many different ways to include REAL oats into your healthy meal plans and still lose weight.

If you look at steel cut oats from a nutritional perspective one half cup of cooked steel cut oats has 150 calories, 5 gms of protein, 27 gms of carbohydrates and 4 gms of fiber.

One packet of plain instant oats (processed oatmeal) generally contains 100 calories, 4 grams of protein, 19 grams of carbohydrates and only 3 grams of fiber.

Nutritionally they look pretty similar except that the oat in the instant oatmeal is already broken down and processed so those carbohydrates will behave differently in your body than the carbohydrate you consume in the steel cut oatmeal.

Also, when do you see "plain" instant oatmeal on the shelves.  99% of the time you see many different flavors and they have additional sugar added to them to give them that flavor advertised on the package.  So extra added and useless calories that you don't need.

Real Oatmeal Takes So Long To Cook!

Not so true.  An quick alternative method to cooking real oats such as rolled or steel cut oats is by combining 1/2 cup steel cut oats with 1/2 cup 1% milk and 1/2 a cup of water.  Mix these in a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes, stir and then cook for 2 more minutes.

Now you have a quick healthy oatmeal to use in your meal plans.  You can also use rolled oats as a substitute in place of bread crumbs that you see in recipes.   Put them in a food processor and chop them up to a fine consistency and use them as breading for baked fish filets  or chicken filets.

All carbohydrates are not evil and many forms can actually help you accelerate weight loss when used properly.



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