Foods like oatmeal tend to cause a slow rise in glycemic levels, which is ideal for increasing fat-burning during exercise.
“The complex, slow digesting, carbohydrates will give your muscles the energy it needs to have a better workout,” Brennecke said. He suggests complex carbohydrates be accompanied with some protein. This will give the muscles the tools necessary to rebuild while also giving your muscles a head start on post-workout muscle recovery.
If you’re not eating oatmeal a few times per week as a healthy breakfast, you’re missing out on a delicious way to add fiber, nutrients and long lasting energy to your body first thing.
Oatmeal For Glowing Skin
This power food has been used as a soothing agent to relieve itch and irritation while also providing an array of benefits for the skin. Oatmeal is able to normalize the skin’s pH, which can relieve itchy and uncomfortable skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This is why oatmeal baths are recommended for itchy skin relief because they are able to soften and moisturize the skin, helping to protect it from potential irritants.
Oats are an amazing natural beauty enhancer, as they soothe and heal the skin, while reducing inflammation. Inflammation is one of the number one causes of premature aging, and it all starts on the inside, so reducing inflammation is necessary for gorgeously radiant skin.
And when it comes to choosing the right oatmeal, texture not taste, should be the deciding factor. Steel cut oats or rolled oats are the best bets, and a far better choices than instant oatmeal because of the processing.
Oatmeal for Weight Loss
People who consume oats regularly are less likely to become obese. In fact, studies show that children who eat oatmeal regularly lower their risk of becoming overweight adults by 50%. The soluble fiber content of oats forms a gel in your digestive system, causing you to feel full longer and the gel that forms inside you also traps bad cholesterol and helps minimize its absorption into your bloodstream.
Oatmeal is high in resistant starch which helps you lose weight because it helps you store less fat and burn 30% more fat after you eat a meal. It improves insulin sensitivity, helps you feel full and eat much less over long periods of time for faster weight loss. Oatmeal is high in fiber that research has shows reduces belly fat and it keeps your blood sugar in check.
Rene Ficek, a registered dietitian and lead nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating told Medical Daily in an email: “Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, which can help anyone feel fuller for longer, as it takes a long time to digest.” This keeps hunger at bay, which can help you stay slim.
My FAVORITE Easy Oatmeal Recipe
1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Rolled Oats Oatmeal
2 Cups Water, Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or Silk Light Vanilla Soy Milk
1 Tbsp. Stevia In The Raw, or to taste
2 Tbsp. Organic Pure Manuka Honey or Agave In The Raw
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. Sea Salt
In a pan on the stove over medium high heat, bring water or milk to a boil.
Add all the other ingredients, and stir well.
Reduce heat to medium low or low so oats simmer, they can scorch easily if cooked on high heat.
Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer gently with the lid on for five minutes, or until they reach your desired consistency.
Remove from heat and dish into bowls.
Top with another drizzle of Honey or Agave nectar and one last sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)