Preparing breakfast the night before is something I have adapted for some time now and it helps a lot on these busy mornings. Saves time to focus on other things while not worrying about nutritious breakfast ideas or no breakfast at all.
First thing I want to mention that oats make up an amazing breakfast, by stabilizing blood sugar levels throughout the day keeping us energized and satisfied. It contains fibre which helps remove cholesterol from the digestive system before it ends up in the bloodstream and causes plaques formation in the blood vessel walls leading to cardiovascular disease & stroke. By that I mean, oats will help with consistent bowel movement in the morning which is so important! Also the antioxidant compound in oats helps repair free radical damage in the body. Preventing cellular damage which is the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases.
There is a big difference between the way oats are processed. Each oats grain batch is roasted after being harvested and cleaned. Following by the various type of processing that forms different textures. The more grain is being processed the less nutrient value it will have:
Oat Groats are unflattened kernels.
Steel-Cut Oats made by running the grain through steel blades that thinly slices them.
Old-Fashioned Oats are steamed and then rolled into a flatter shape.
Quick-Cooking Oats cut finely before rolling and processed like old-fashioned oats.
Instant Oatmeal are being partially cooked as a grain and then rolled very thin. Usually instant oatmeal contains tons of refined sugar, salt, flavors, artificial colors and other add-ins. Making it a very unhealthy choice of breakfast.
HOW TO PREPARE STEEL-CUT OATS
Step 1. Soak the 1/2 cup of oats in 1 1/2 cups of warm filtered water with 1 tbsp of unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar to reduce antinutrient called phytic acid, this step helps to unlock the nutrients in the grain for a better absorption of minerals and vitamins. Cover and let it sit for about 8 to 12 hours (overnight).
Step 2. Discard the water and rinse the oats.
Step 3. You can either add almond milk or water to cook it on the stove for about 10 minutes until the desired consistency is reached. Or follow the recipe below for Oats Overnight.
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats (soaked overnight in 1 1/5 cups of water)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tbsp of hemp seeds or any favorite seed/nut butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup or raw honey
- Blackcurrant Jam
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blackcurrant
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Blackcurrant jam
- blend both ingredients in the food processor and put aside.
- Oats Overnight
- Discard the soaking water from the steel cut oats and place it in the blender along with banana, cinnamon, hemp seeds, maple syrup.
- Blend until smooth in texture.
- Pour into the breakfast bowl and top with Blackcurrant jam.
- Garnish with 1 tbsp of chia seeds and hemp seeds for some crunchiness.
- If blackcurrant is not available, use any other berries or fruit in season.