Oatmeal has always been considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and a great choice for breakfast. You may or may not be aware that January is Oatmeal Month. As a trusted contract foodservices provider in executive dining, student dining services, mobile catering, airport restaurants, and more, we thought you might find some of the information we’ve included interesting and helpful in preparing tasty, healthy dishes.
Oatmeal is truly a phenomenal grain, and one celebrated in January by the Whole Grains Council. Oats stand apart from other grains because, during the process of preparing them for consumption, the bran and germ aren’t separated. This is one of the reasons oats are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, or one of the healthiest ingredients you can use in preparing foods.
You’ve probably heard of rolled oats and steel-cut oats, but what’s the difference? Either type is super-healthy, as long as you purchase those that don’t have unhealthy additives or mix-ins, such as lots of sugar. Steel-cut oats contain no sugar and are slightly lower in calories; they also sit lower on the glycemic index. Other than that, rolled and steel-cut oats are pretty much equal when it comes to protein, carbs, fiber, fat, calcium, and iron.
Now, what’s the difference in processing? Rolled (often called “old-fashioned) oats are produced by steaming and rolling, to flatten out the groats so they cook faster. With steel-cut oats, the groats are chopped into smaller pieces, using steel blades. While they’re considered the least processed form of oatmeal, both are extremely healthy, and great for lowering bad cholesterol.
Oatmeal not only helps lower cholesterol, because of beta glucan (a type of soluble fiber), it also helps control blood sugars and eases constipation. According to Web MD, oatmeal is a whole-grain powerhouse!
Oats are delicious on their own, but when mixed with nuts and fresh fruit, they become the breakfast of champions. There are lots of healthy ways to incorporate oats into the menu; here are a few healthy recipes from EatingWell.
January seems a fitting month for celebrating oatmeal, especially if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier. For all of your contract foodservices needs count on Gourmet Services Inc. to go beyond eating good. We bring fresh, healthy, and delicious to the table!