Hot Cocoa Oatmeal.
Need I say more? I will anyway.
Oatmeal is not considered a superfood, but I think it should be. Oats are the healthiest grains on earth. They’re gluten free and loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Yeah, fiber is such an unsexy, unglamorous word. Isn’t it? But research shows fiber is one of the best weapons we have against cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. Oats don’t have just any fiber, they’re loaded with the super fiber beta-glucan.
Oats also contain 40% of our daily requirement for magnesium, 20% of our iron, 20% of zinc, and 39% of B1! Also, a half cup of oats contains 13 grams of protein. Basically, oats are one of the most nutrient dense foods out there.
Oats can be purchased in their original form known as oat groats. These are the most intact form but they take a really long time to cook. Steel cut oats cook faster and still give you the texture of oat groats. Instant or quick cook oats are highly processed. They cook the fastest. While you don’t lose the nutritional value, you do lose the texture. Instant or quick cook oats are mushier than steel cut.
The bottom line is that oatmeal really is the best way to start your day. It’s super nutritious. It’s very filling. It will help lower your bad cholesterol, lose weight, and give you energy. Oatmeal is typically anywhere from 4 – 6 points on weight watchers. Not bad. But I know a lot of folks prefer to save their points for dinner and use as few as possible on breakfast and lunch. I think the benefits of oatmeal are too important to skip.
I love WW recipe for hot cocoa oats because it’s a fun spin on breakfast but it also satisfies my sweet tooth and my chocolate cravings.
What is your favorite WW recipe?