You probably have heard that oatmeal is an excellent choice for breakfast because it’s healthy, easy to make, and filling…but did you know it’s a brain booster as well?
Here are some amazing brain health benefits of oatmeal:
- Shot of Glucose: Oatmeal is a low Glycemic Index food, meaning it doesn’t spike blood sugar. It produces a shot of glucose that your body takes out of the carbohydrates to help your brain function
- Essential B Vitamins: Research have shown B vitamins reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease & brain shrinkage
- Vitamin E: Experts in the US found the annual rate of functional decline among dementia sufferers was reduced by 19% thanks to a daily vitamin E supplement
- Selenium: A single serving of oats contains over a quarter of the selenium you need each day to protect brain cells from oxidants
- Manganese: A single serving of oats contains over two-thirds of the manganese you need each day to help he body process the brain nutrients Choline & Thiamine.
Below is a basic recipe on how to make oatmeal plus some additional toppings you can add that are also super brain foods!
Easy Oatmeal Recipe (+ optional brain-healthy toppings!)
What you Need:
- 1 Cup Water (we like to substitute with soy/almond milk to make it creamier!)
- 1/3 Cup Steel Cut Oats
- Honey or Brown Sugar
Optional Brain-Healthy Toppings:
- Berries (e.g. Blueberries, Blackberries)
- Nuts (e.g. Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews)
- Seeds (e.g. Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds)
- Nut Butters
Putting it all Together:
- Bring water (or milk) to a boil
- Add oats, reduce heat to low
- Stir in a little honey or brown sugar to sweeten
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes (or however long the package says) until water is absorbed
- Add toppings of your choice & enjoy!
Leave a comment below & let us know how the recipe worked out for you & suggest your own variation! Check out the Fit Brains‘ collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!