I am not one to usually give up easily and to be completely honest, the thought of eating a salad, or some lean turkey on a piece of gluten free bread for breakfast was less than appetizing to me. When I went shopping I looked at a lot of cereal box labels to figure out if there would be any cereal I could eat, at least for the time being until I could find recipes that I could make for myself. Unfortunately, almost every cereal in the store had, at the absolute minimum, corn syrup and corn is one of those foods I have a sensitivity to. I realized then that this was going to be a very long process.
One day I was doing some research and looking for breakfast recipes and I noticed that alot of them contained oats. Knowing that there are different varieties available, I decided to focus more on that one ingredient to find out if it would be ok for me. Even now the verdict is out, but I have been able to determine that if I'm going to eat a cereal grain, steel cut oats would have the least impact on my blood sugar so I decided to give it a try.
Now, if you've never had steel cut oats before, there is a learning curve to adjust to. Unlike quick cooking oats that cook up pretty mushy, steel cut oats are not flat and they have to cook for a bit longer to get them to an edible texture. When cooked they have a little bit of a firmer, nuttier texture. The great thing is that the steel cut oats leave you much more satisfied than the mushy kind.
Since I'm able to get around a bit more after my foot/ankle surgery, I decided to make breakfast for myself this morning so I made a batch of steel cut oatmeal with fruit and walnuts. The brand I'm using has the basic recipe on the package and it makes enough for 4 servings, which will give me enough breakfast for 3 more days. The great thing is, although the recipe on the package is just a basic recipe, you can dress it up just about any way you want to. For me, about 5 minutes into the simmering process I added a half cup of chopped walnuts, a half cup of dried cranberries, a whole apple chopped into smallish pieces, and then about 5 minutes before it was done on the stove I drizzled about a half tablespoon of local raw honey over the top, as well as about a half cup of chia seeds......mixed it all together, let it simmer a few minutes more, and voila! A healthy breakfast for 4 days. I like to add milk to it to help cool it down a bit, so I added a little bit of vanilla flavored unsweetened coconut milk to it. Yum!! Not only did I make something healthy to enjoy, but I didn't have to give up my need for something other than lunch and dinner foods.
If you like oatmeal, but haven't had steel cut oats before, try it. Even if you don't have to change your diet like me, making healthier choices may help you avoid health related issues down the line, and you'll feel better knowing you're doing something good for yourself.
Do you have any breakfast recipes that you rely on? If so, I would love it if you would share below......