Do you know the difference between steel cut oats and instant oats?

Let me help you out here:

Oat groats: Whole oat kernels that are hulled & toasted. Takes a long time to cook & is uncommon.

Steel-cut (Irish) oats: Oat groats cut into smaller pieces so it cooks faster (about 15- 20 minutes).

Scottish oats: The same as Irish oats but they are ground into smaller pieces.  Scottish oats are creamier & more porridge-like than steel-cut oats. Cooks 15-20 minutes

Old-fashioned oats: Oat groats that are steamed & flattened to become flakes. Cooks 10-15 minutes.

Quick-cooking oats: Same process as old-fashioned oats, except they are cut finely before rolling so the flakes are smaller. Cooks 2-3 minutes.

Instant oatmeal: Groats that are finely chopped, flattened, pre-cooked, & dehydrated. Mostly found in individual packets with additional sugar & salt. The worst kind of oats you can use. Cooks < 2 minutes.

Like with any food, it’s best to eat it in its whole form with the least amount of added processing steps to keep the most nutrition.

So the clear winner here is steel cut oats!

Amazing chewy texture with a nice nutty flavor.

Plus they are an excellent source of protein, fiber & iron.

Note that if you eat oats alone, they are going to raise your blood sugar super quick & then make you hangry not too far afterwards.

Best with oats (as with any carb) to add in healthy fats & protein to lessen these spikes.

Try adding in the following:

*Nuts, nut butters & nut miks

*Chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin or sunflower seeds

*Coconut milk, flakes, chunks or oil

*Cocoa or dark chocolate > 85% cocoa

*Grass fed butter

*Collagen, pumpkin, or hemp protein powders

Don’t forget to add the spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cardamon or orange peel for added flavor & blood sugar support.

So go ahead and give steel cut oats a try, I’m sure you’re going to love them.

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To your health!


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