Friday, June 8, 2012

Gluten Free Oatmeal, Flax, Nuts & Fruit

Did you know that not all Oatmeal is Gluten Free?'s true so just because you are eating oats doesn't mean it's GF.  Unfortunately most oats are cross contaminated with wheat, barley and/or rye which occurs during harvesting, transporting, milling, processing and packaging.  The good news is there are reputable companies out there that produce GF oats in fields and packaging facilities that are GF facilities.  I prefer Bob's Red Mill brand. I'm just gluten intolerant but some of you might have Celiac's Disease and you might want to consult with your doctor before consuming oats.

Preparing oatmeal from whole form brings a much more hearty and flavorful oatmeal.  I like to add a mixture of nuts for crunch and added nutrition, flax seeds for Omega 3 which is a key source to fight inflammation and heart disease.  Add some Himalayan Pink Salt to the water before boiling. 

Instead of butter, use extra virgin coconut oil.  Consuming at least 1 TBSP of coconut oil daily will help aid in improving your metabolism and digestion, decrease blood pressure, increase your immunity system.  Not to mention the coconut oil adds a wonderful richness and healthy fat so you feel your are not being deprived.

I use Stevia extract as my sweetener and omit brown sugar and honey.  Stevia extract contains no sugar, calories and is about 300 times more sweet! 

Throw in some berries some freshly grated orange zest you have a healthy, nutrient packed breakfast that will stay with you for a few hours.  

Look for Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats.

Very satisfying and better than those packets you microwave.  It only takes about 15 minutes and it's worth the effort.

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