Oatmeal is one of the world’s healthiest foods, especially steel cut. Chock full of heart healthy fiber (~ 4 grams per serving) & satiating protein (up to 6 grams per serving), it remains one of the lowest cost, most versatile foods. As a result, I suggest you make steel cut oats a pantry staple.
In my quest for the world’s best steel cut oatmeal, I have done the grunt work and played investigator in the grocery store. I’ve tried the name brands, the generics and the newbies. The winner? Coach’s Oats (www.coachsoats.com). I suggest ordering in bulk to minimize shipping, environmental impact and cost and integrate this delicious breakfast into your daily routine.
Taste: Unlike standard dry oats, in which the serving size is 1/2 cup oats to 1 cup water, Coach’s Oats suggests 1/3 cup dry oats to 1 cup water. This results in a thick, filling meal. You can certainly use more water for a thinner texture. You’ll immediately notice that Coach’s Oats have a slightly nuttier taste than classic oats (due in part to the higher fiber content).
Convenience: I’ve had clients initially shy away from buying steel cut oats, under the assumption that they require overnight cooking and settling. They’ve opted instead for pre-cooked steel cut oats or worse, those overly processed instant oatmeal varieties…you know, the kind with a packet of “fruit spread” or powdered peach “cream” or some other junk food concoction masquerading as health food. Coach’s Oats are great…they cook in just 5 minutes. Literally, you can wash your face and brush your teeth while the oats are cooking and voila…they’re done and you’re ready to go, with a portable breakfast.
Versatility: The nice thing about Coach’s Oats is its simplicity. While full flavored, however, it is safe to say that all oatmeal is certainly on the bland side in terms of flavor. Boost the nutrition factor and jazz-up the taste with some creative additions:
- 1/2 Tbsp ground Saigon cinnamon, 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract & sweetener of choice
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil or 1/4 cup ground, unsweetened coconut, plus berries
- flaxseed meal, walnuts and sliced peaches
- tart cherries & pecans
- 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter & 1/2 serving of chocolate whey protein powder
- sunflower seeds and raisins or figs
- ground Saigon cinnamon, dash of cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, sweetener of choice & 1 cup unsweetened vanilla or chocolate flavored almond milk (instead of water)
Cost: Coach’s Oats are one of the least expensive health foods you can find, and a much better bargain than both cold cereal and pre-packaged cooked oatmeal and instant varieties. Costco sells a large bag (51 servings) for $5.29 and you can purchase them online (2 large bags [34 servings per bag] for $8.50). Basically, 7 weeks of breakfast for $8.50! Makes the dollar menu and value meals less “valuable,” don’t you agree?!
Try Coach’s Oats for yourself and share your favorite way to enjoy this hearty, healthy breakfast staple!