You’ve entered the cereal aisle and headed straight for your fibrous go to breakfast carbohydrate only to find two choices steel cut oats and rolled oats. You know they both have to be healthy, but your not sure which one is actually better. Both steel cut oats and rolled oats are a great forms of complex carbohydrates or slow digesting carbohydrates. They don’t cause spikes in your blood sugar levels causing a high and a crash, but they do have slight differences other than cooking time. Here is the war against steel cut and rolled oats:

Steel Cut Oats War Against Rolled Oats:

(Based on serving size 1/4 Cup)steel cut oats versus rolled oats

Steel Cut Oats

  • Approximately 140 calories
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 27 grams of carbohydrates
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 0 grams of sugar
  • 0.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 2% of your recommended daily intake of calcium (RDA)
  • 4% of your recommeded daily intake of iron (RDA)
  • Cooking Time ( 35 minutes

 

Rolled Oats

  • Approximately 160 calories
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 27 grams of carbohydrates
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 0.5 grams of sugar
  • 0 grams of saturated fat
  • 2% of your recommended daily intake of calcium (RDA)
  • 4% of your recommeded daily intake of iron (RDA)
  • Cooking Time (1 minute)

WINNER: Steel Cut Oats

Although steel cuts oats is slightly healthier and promotes weight loss a neglible amount more due to its lower calorie amount per serving and less sugar content it also shows the importance of meal prepping ahead of time with a 34 minute of more increase in cooking time.

You can’t go wrong with either rolled oats or steel cut oats. Just make sure your adding a lean protein, a healthy fat for a balanced meal.

Example of how to incorporate Oatmeal for breakfast:

  • 1/4 cup of oatmeal
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of lo han guo (optional)
  • 1 serving of flax seeds
  • 3 egg whites on the side( I love to add fresh salsa)

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