Every Autumn my mom makes this oatmeal and it’s such a comforting way to start the day.
Along with being absolutely delicious this dish is also highly nutritious and easy to whip up. Win-win-win!
So, what makes this dish so nutritious you might ask? Let’s break it down…
Rolled oats are an excellent source of iron, soluble fiber (meaning they keep you full longer), vitamins (such as folate, vitamin B and zinc), and protein. They are considered to be one of the healthiest whole grains available and boast a number of health benefits. Along with lowering the risk of heart disease, incorporating oats into your diet has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure/ keep blood sugar in check and help with weight loss.
Pumpkin is another fiber filled rockstar and while it’s packed with flavor, it’s not packed with calories (1/4 cup of pureed pumpkin is only 21 cal). It’s a great source of vitamin A (eye health), vitamin C (immunity) and potassium (muscle health). Pumpkin can also keep your blood sugar in check and keep your heart healthy.
While you can incorporate a number of different toppings, I personally love crushed up walnuts, raisins and a big ole’ sprinkle of cinnamon, all of which are high in antioxidants and promote good gut-health. If you’re like me and also like your oatmeal on the sweeter side, consider using maple syrup over traditional sugar options! Pure maple syrup (my brother taps and makes his own) still contains sugar, but is unrefined (meaning not processed) and is lower on the glycemic index, making it a healthier choice.
I add the maple syrup in when cooking and drizzle a little more on top, but it’s completely optional depending on your preferences. One serving of this oatmeal will keep you satisfied all morning and at less than 350 calories, that’s something that will make you feel good all day.