Made this quick and nutritious oatmeal in less than 10 minutes. I love oatmeal because of the vast number of ways in which you can make it, so it never gets boring. Using different kinds of oats, milks, flavorings, and toppings make the possibilities endless. For the base, I like steel cut or rolled oats, for milks I like almond or coconut, and for flavors, I like maca, matcha, cinnamon, honey, Spirulina, and Boab (among others I’m not thinking of). Toppings can literally be anything you want or have on hand at the time such as nuts, seeds, berries, fruit, honey, or dark chocolate.
Oatmeal, when made with whole food and organic ingredients, provides lasting energy that is needed throughout the day. The combination of rolled oats (a complex carbohydrate) with fruit and honey (simple carbohydrates) helps to slow absorption of glucose into the body, reducing the spike in blood sugar levels produced by simple carbohydrates. Spikes in blood sugar, over time, increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes, so avoiding these is a solid idea.
Adding superfoods is one of my favorite ways to increase nutrient value to my oatmeal. For this oatmeal, I added Spirulina and it turned out SO good! My favorite place to get superfoods from is Organic Burst. They are a company out of the UK and use safe, sustainable, fair trade, and organic practices to create their products. My favorite part about them is their transparency with each source of superfood from around the world (which you can learn all about on their website).
Health Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is an amazing superfood and is known for its high nutrient concentration, being a highly digestible protein (contains all the essential amino acids), and its rich vitamin and mineral content. Spirulina contains more beta-carotene than any other whole food source, 180% more calcium than whole milk, 670% more protein than tofu, and 5100% more iron than in spinach. Spirulina helps to protect the liver and kidneys, removes heavy metal particles from the body, aids in immune system function, improves blood quality, decreases inflammation and helps with cancer prevention. All this from one food!? Yes, please.
By combining pecans and chia seeds (which contain healthy fats) with Spirulina (containing beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which is fat-soluble), helps to absorb the maximum amount of beta-carotene possible during digestion. My favorite meals are those that are a combination of whole foods, great flavors, and protective and preventative health benefits. This tasty-nutritious-protective-oatmeal has it all.
- 2 cups organic rolled oats
- 2½ cups almond milk
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp local honey
- 1 tsp Spirulina
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Top with fruit, nuts, and seeds such as strawberries, bananas, pecans, and chia seeds
- In a large sauce pot heat rolled oats and almond milk on low
- Add hemp seeds, honey, spirulina, and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes
- Add more milk if consistency is too thick
- Remove from heat, add toppings and enjoy!
Capelli, B., & Cysewski, G. (2010). Potential health benefits of spirulina microalgae. Springer Link.