If you’re looking to improve your blood sugar control, then you might have already thought about eliminating oatmeal from your diet and replacing it with something else. But before you write off oatmeal completely, take some time to see if there are any other options out there that will give you the same benefits while still maintaining your blood sugar levels at healthy levels. These five alternatives will help you achieve the same benefits as regular oatmeal without having to cut it from your diet entirely.
Muesli is a German variation of granola. It’s made with oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, whole grain cereals and nuts. By substituting muesli for your traditional bowl of oatmeal in the morning you can cut down on added sugar while boosting your fibre content. Muesli also has plenty of protein to keep you full all morning. You can have it with milk or water just like regular cereal or topped with yoghurt or fresh fruit. The key is to avoid sweetened varieties. One cup of plain muesli contains roughly 200 calories and 6 grams of fat. Add some sliced bananas, strawberries or blueberries for a little sweetness without extra calories from syrup or honey. If you prefer something sweeter try adding 1⁄4 cup raisins instead of dried fruit for less than 100 calories per serving. Make sure to check out our other breakfast ideas below!
Porridge is a whole grain food containing one or more types of cereal grains. The most common type is made from oats, which are partially ground to break down their structure. Wheat, barley, and rye cereals such as bulgur (cracked wheat), farina ( Cream of Wheat), and kasha (roasted buckwheat) can also be used in porridge. Oats have been eaten since prehistoric times, and are mentioned in old texts like Beowulf. In Scotland, they were sometimes known as Oat Hose; today that term has become a colloquialism for underwear.
3. Overnight oats
Overnight oats make for a delicious breakfast on busy mornings. They’re also an amazing snack to have on hand for when your blood sugar starts to drop after lunchtime. In a medium bowl, stir together 3⁄4 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or steel-cut), 1⁄2 cup of low-fat milk or unsweetened nut milk and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with fresh fruit and nuts if you like.
4. Vegan overnight oats with fruit and nuts
Vegan overnight oats are a super-quick breakfast. You make them in a jar at night so you can easily grab them out of your fridge in the morning and go. They’re made from uncooked rolled oats, so they’re full of fibre. Add some protein powder or flaxseed for extra staying power! Yum! Overnight oats will keep for about 5 days if stored in an airtight container. The fruit will stay fresh longer than that, but once it starts to get soggy it won’t taste as good. To freeze overnight oats: Allow them to cool completely before transferring them to a plastic freezer bag. Seal well and label with contents and date. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
5. Steel-cut oats
Steel-cut oats are a great alternative to traditional rolled oats. They are less processed, which means they have more fibre than your average bowl of quick oats. Make sure you’re buying them raw—steaming can cause starches to be released in your breakfast bowl. Add some nuts or fruit for an extra crunchy texture. To cook steel-cut oats, use 1 cup of water per 1/2 cup of steel-cut oats and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. This will give you a nice thick consistency perfect for topping with fresh fruit or nuts.
In conclusion, there are plenty of healthy, quick, and easy alternatives to oatmeal. These include quinoa, eggs, toast, yoghurt, and fruit. All of these options are easy to prepare and can be tailored to fit any dietary restriction or preference. So next time you’re looking for a quick breakfast option, don’t forget about these delicious and nutritious alternatives to oatmeal!