I was thinking of cooking quinoa for breakfast hoping to add more protein to my diet.  While doing a little on line research I discovered that the oatmeal we’ve been cooking for years has more protein than quinoa. Quinoa is the trendy high protein grain.  No one is talking much about oatmeal. One cup of oatmeal has 11 grams of protein compared to 8 grams in a cup of quinoa.

And guess what – we don’t need to buy instant packets.  Plain old rolled oats can be cooked in the microwave just as easily as the instant oatmeal.  Put 1/3 cup of rolled oats with 2/3 cup of water in a big bowl (it tends to boil up) and microwave for 2-3 minutes and it’s done. Half an apple and some cinnamon is enough to give it flavour .I add a cut up apple with its skin for more fibre. A pear also adds lots of sweetness and a different flavour. If you like cinnamon, feel free to throw in as much as you can stand. Cinnamon has lots of great health benefits  as well.

The only thing to remember is two parts water to one part oatmeal. The rest can be improvised.  You can cook more or less depending on your appetite.  . Any type of dried fruit, nuts or seeds can be added for extra flavour and nutrition.

The fibre in less processed oatmeal makes us feel full sooner and longer. First bonus for anyone wanting to lose weight.  Fibre also helps regulate blood sugar.   When we eat a sugar or carbohydrate with lots of fibre it is digested more slowly and the sugar enters our bloodstream slowly. The body is able to use the energy and does not require large amounts of insulin to reduce blood sugar to a healthy level. This is the reason sugar in a raw apple affects the body differently than sugar in a glass of juice.

Oatmeal has protein, high fibre and is quick to cook. At my grocery store, No Name rolled oats prices out at $2.49 per kilogram. A kilogram of oatmeal takes a long time to eat. Organic rolled oats at $6.49 /kg and name brand instant oatmeal is $10.03/kg.  Instant oatmeal in handy packages comes in a very expensive box. There are more satisfying ways to spend our money.



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