So today was the first day of our oatmeal challenge. The above is what we enjoyed this morning (steel cut oats-soaked overnight, berries, raw milk, ghee). Looks good, no?
Based off of my response to the original post about the oatmeal challenge, some of you don’t think it looks good, some of you agree entirely with me, and some of you wonder why I am picking oatmeal for my challenge!
Here’s some answers to different questions and comments.
I am doing this really just to save money. It’s not that I think that having oatmeal everyday is the most healthy thing I could ever do, but it’s nourishing food that’s cheap too! Since we’ve had some extra expenses this month, I’m having to really watch the budget. This challenge will help me,.
The Other Point
It keeps things simple for me, and that’s definitely an advantage! I love variety, but you know, some times the cook has to have a break! I will probably only have to cook a big pot of oatmeal up twice this week (to be reheated in small portions every morning). I love the simplicity of that, and I can flavor it different ways for variety.
What about the Carbs?
We went on a grain free diet for a month. My blood sugar stayed low the entire month….way to low. I may be wrong, but it seems like my body doesn’t do well on a low carb diet. So for my family, we do eat grains (properly soaked, of course) and carbohydrates. But it’s true that this won’t work well for everyone (and it’s not an indefinite plan for us either!).
We always serve our oatmeal with plenty of fat (cream, butter, ghee, coconut oil, coconut milk), to help us not have a sugar spike and the fiber content in oatmeal helps as well. Many of you had some great suggestions for adding nut butter to oatmeal (and interesting concept that I had never thought of!), and I’ve always liked nuts in my oatmeal too for extra protein.
Speaking of Protein
We almost always add chia seeds to our oatmeal. I love the smooth texture they add and it really ups the nutrient and protein value. I soak them with the oatmeal overnight.
And it looks like tomorrow, just one day into the challenge, I am going to have to switch our morning oatmeal to afternoon oatmeal! Our brother-in-law is coming over for breakfast and I don’t want to serve him just oatmeal. Crepes and eggs for breakfast, and oatmeal for lunch.
We will see how it goes the rest of the week and I will give a report next Wednesday. What about you? Anyone else starting the oatmeal challenge for a week too? Join in just for a day or two if you like!