Thursday, January 10, 2013

Breakfast: Steel Cut vs Rolled Oatmeal

Breakfast is always hard for me.  I am never sure what I feel like... and I have read a few reports that say we should eat breakfast like a champion to get our body ready for the day.

I've always liked oatmeal... but steel cut vs regular, what's the difference??  I've done a little research (unofficially reading different posts online) and here's what I have gathered.  {I realize I am probably late to the party on this}

Steel cut oatmeal seems to be slightly better for you because it registers lower on the glycemic index, which means it takes our bodies longer to break down the starch.  Steel cut also goes through a little less processing than the rolled oats, so it seems like it could be slightly healthier because of that as well.  For more info, read this article.

The difference between the two doesn't seem like much to me - steel cut is just cut into little seed-like pieces, and the traditional rolled oats are like thin little leaves.  They taste about the same.

One big difference is that steel cut takes a lot longer to cook (about 30 minutes). But my mom had the brilliant idea of cooking a large pot of it, and storing the leftovers in the fridge to use for a few days.  It makes it fast and easy in the morning if you already have it pre-made.

All of the little research I have done has said both types of oatmeal are much better for you then the instant oatmeal, which is much more processed and has loads of sugar added. 

I bought the organic steel cut oatmeal from Whole Foods and added some raisins (and a pinch of brown sugar, I know... not healthy).  You can find it at most grocery stores.  Either way you go, oatmeal is a great "whole grain" start to the day!!


What's your favorite go-to breakfast meal?
happy thursday

21 comments:

KRISTIN said...

I've been wanting to try steal cut, but have been turned off by the time it takes to make but making a big batch is a great idea! I love my oatmeal with almonds & honey! SO YUMMY! :)

Leah said...

I have oatmeal every morning (it also increases milk supply for when baby comes=-)). I wish that steel cut didn't take so long to cook!

kirstyb said...

looks delish

Heather P said...

I cook a batch of steel cut ahead like your mom suggested. I also like quinoa the same way (I can't eat it w/o the brown sugar, either) and it's very quick cooking. It's a whole grain, too, and another healthy and warm breakfast alternative. You can put anything on it just like oatmeal.

Shannon Elise said...

We buy the quick steel cut oats @ Costco and it takes about 5 minutes. I often make the night before and store in fridge. I mix in a little brown sugar, almonds or walnuts, and almond milk. Delish! I prefer the taste of steel cut over old fashioned oats. Like the nuttier taste. :)

Shannon Elise said...

We buy the quick steel cut oats @ Costco and it takes about 5 minutes. I often make the night before and store in fridge. I mix in a little brown sugar, almonds or walnuts, and almond milk. Delish! I prefer the taste of steel cut over old fashioned oats. Like the nuttier taste. :)

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

We eat our oatmeal with a little coconut shavings, honey & peanut butter (I also add some granola for the crunch) it is sooo good!

I also really like the 2%greek yogurt with honey! soooo tasty!

Helen said...

A couple of years ago, I saw a recipe that I tried. I used a slow cooker, the usual proportions of liquid (either milk or water) to dry (in my case it was 3 to 1). Put this in the slow cooker, add a package of frozen fruit (your choice - berries or peaches are good) and let it cook overnight. It is ready for you in the morning and you can refrigerate the leftovers for coming meals. Agave syrup is a good alternative to sugar.

Jodi said...

I would need a lot of brown sugar!

Melissa_Before_40 said...

Trader Joes makes frozen Steel Cut Oatmeal in individual packaging. It takes 5 minutes in the microwave and just as good as if you made it yourself! I like mine with almond milk and a little stevia. Delish! :)

Emily grapes said...

I just bought organic steel cut oats last week and made a HUGE batch Sunday to last me for breakfast all week long. I think as long as you do it all on 1 day, 30 minutes isn't gonna be horrible.

Now every morning, I pop a premade one w/fresh fruit in the microwave for 2 minutes and add milk, brown sugar and flax seed and call it a day. I'm loving it!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

CMae said...

We just by the good ole Quaker Oats that come in the big tall canister.... not sure where those fall under your types but it's definitely NOT sweetened we have to add a packet of Spenda to make it sweeter

Bre said...

Instead of using brown sugar (which isn't all that bad ;)) try using agave nectar or honey too.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I make my own egg white/turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches! I do a big batch at once, freeze them, then pop them in the microwave!

Mrs. V said...

You should look for this stuff. Instant, no added sugar AND gluten free with flax, quinoa and Chia! Sold at Raley's and Bel Air =)

https://www.bakeryonmain.com/Products/ProductDetails/tabid/136/ProductID/19/Default.aspx

Megan said...

I've heard of steel cut oatmeal but never researched it. Thanks so much for sharing!! I will definitely have to make a batch :)

Jessica said...

I love oatmeal with all the toppings! I'd been wondering about the difference btw steel cut and rolled- good to know! Trader Joes has roasted coconut chips that are amazing added to oatmeal!

Allison said...

Don't yell at me, but I am not a breakfast girl. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE breakfast food, but I almost never eat breakfast at the designated time (unless you count coffee). I do love steel cut oatmeal though - like others, I was turned off at first by the cook time since the heat and serve is so much easier, but making extra ahead of time is an awesome idea. When I do make oatmeal (usually for lunch), I like putting a teaspoon of flax seeds and mixing it in, as well as a little sugar in the raw on it - same principle as brown sugar, but I like to think it's a little healthier! :) Great and informative post!

Nike Onile said...

Oh I didn't know that there were difference levels of "good for you" when it comes to oatmeal. I will have to see if the store around the way has steel cut oatmeal then.

I'm an oatmeal love too but lately I've been on this whole eating dinner leftovers for breakfast. I've been craving salt lately and dinners have just enough salt to hold me over.

Great post.

xoxo
Nike O.

Ashley said...

I've been trying to get into eating oatmeal lately but I just can't do it! I'm more of an egg sandwich or cereal&fruit girl :)

Angie said...

I do rolled oats every morning. During the winter, I've been slicing a banana into mine, and during the summer...fresh berries from the farmers market! YUM! Oatmeal is so good for you!