I’m back again with another Fall oatmeal recipe! If you missed the last one, you can find it here. This time we’re focusing on… pumpkin! Duh! Everyone loves pumpkin this time of the year, right?
Let’s take a look at the ingredients…
Oats are low calorie yet filling! They are high in both fiber and protein. They help stable blood sugar levels thanks to their high levels of magnesium. There are many different levels of processing of oatmeal. Generally the larger the “flake”, the less processed it will be, the more nutrients it retains and the slower it will be to digest. It will also take longer to cook. There’s old fashioned oats, quick oats, steel cut oats etc They are all healthy so just see which you like best!
Pumpkins are high in Vitamin A which is great for your eyesight! They’re low calorie but high in fiber making them great for weight loss. Like other orange veggies, they are high in beta-carotene which may help prevent certain types of cancer. They also help fight wrinkles!
Dates are high in soluble fiber which is helpful for good bowel movements. They are important for bone health! They contain high levels of iron. They also contain sulfur which can help with seasonal allergies.
Chia seeds pack in a powerful amount of nutrients despite being so low in calories. They are high in fiber, protein and healthy omega-3 fats. They’re also full of antioxidants! They can even lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Unsweetened coconut flakes:
Coconut adds in healthy fats, fiber and protein. It’s also a good source of iron and zinc. Coconut flakes are good for both your immune system and your metabolism! Coconut has been shown, in studies, to aid with weight loss.
If you want to avoid refined sugar, look for “sugar free” chocolate chips that contain Stevia or Xylitol. Dark chocolate is higher in antioxidants than most fruit! It can raise your good cholesterol levels while keeping bad cholesterol down. It’s also great for your skin and your brain! Look for at least 70% cocoa for the most health benefits.
This pumpkin spice oatmeal is sure to please anyone but it’s especially great if you’re trying to lose some weight!