January is National Oatmeal Month. Who doesn’t like a steaming bowl of oatmeal to warm us at breakfast? Oatmeal is one of those foods that are always on the best/healthiest foods lists.
Oatmeal is purportedly beneficial for lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system, stabilizing blood sugar, preventing diabetes, is gluten-free-friendly and because it contains high amounts of magnesium, oatmeal helps the body to properly use glucose and secrete insulin.
Oatmeal tastes great naked, topped with brown sugar, sliced bananas, berries, maple syrup, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds or walnuts, chocolate or butterscotch chips, Nutella, almond butter, peanut butter, cinnamon, candied ginger, crumbled sugar cookies, a spoonful of jam or jelly, leftover apple pie (Really, what doesn’t taste good with leftover apple pie? But the real question is: Why is there any leftover apple pie?), applesauce, yogurt, almond milk, orange zest, trail mix, or a runny fried egg.
While I like oatmeal, I prefer oat bran which cooks up faster and has a creamier consistency. Is there a National Oat Bran month?
What’s the difference between oatmeal and oat bran?
Nutritional Values Oatmeal Oat Bran
Carbohydrates 27 grams 25 grams
Fiber 4 grams 6 grams
Soluble Fiber 2 grams 3 grams
Protein 5 grams 7 grams
Calcium 0% 2%
Iron 10% 20%
Thiamin 2% 25%
Phosphorus 0% 25%
Riboflavin 2% 6%
Magnesium 0% 20%
Zinc 0% 10%
Oat bran appears to have more fiber, more soluble fiber, more protein, more iron, more everything. Then I add some protein powder to the cooked oat bran for a real punch. A bowl of protein spiked oat bran is the perfect food to eat prior to a workout.