During my high school years I worked at the local pharmacy. The pharmacist was a fatherly man in his mid-sixties who loved to share advice on a variety of subjects, including what a person should eat for breakfast.
He believed everyone would benefit from a bowl of oatmeal.
While we don’t eat oatmeal every day, it is on the breakfast menu more often than not. My fatherly pharmacist was a smart man – a cup of oats a day is definitely a good thing.
According to World’s Healthiest Foods (one of my favorite nutrition resources), whole grain oats can help lower total cholesterol and contains beta-glucan, an immune system enhancing antioxidant.
But the biggest reason I eat oatmeal is for its fantastic – satisfy my hunger – fiber content. Not to mention blood sugar stabilizing benefits.
It’s safe to say that eating plain oatmeal every day would be just plain boring. That’s when a sip of my favorite Chai tea inspired this flavor-packed oatmeal recipe.
Instead of water, I’d use Chai tea to impart sweetness to my oats. I was sure the tea’s cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves would add a warm spiciness to my plain oats.
Then I thought, why stop at Chai tea? Why not add the organic apple sitting on the counter, and the chia seeds in my pantry? Then take my oatmeal over the top with Greek yogurt and local honey.
Now that’s a bowl of oatmeal!
If you’re interested in a nutrition comparison of the many varieties of oats (steel-cut, stone-ground, old-fashioned, quick cooking and instant) you can visit The Nutrition Diva. She always has nutrition tips to share.
According to Nutrition Diva, each variety of oats has approximately the same amount of fiber, protein, calories, and other nutrients.
That solves that dilemma. Enjoy your weekend!
- 3 cups water
- 4 ea Chai Tea Bags
- 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
- 1 large apple , shredded
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup low fat milk
- Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and add tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes for maximum strength.
- Reduce to the heat source over medium heat and add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes (or as called for on steel cut oats packaging), until oats are tender and apple is cooked.
- Stir in honey and milk and serve.
Calories don't include yogurt topping: 203kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5 Saturated fatty acids: 0.78g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.71g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.00g Total fat: 4.49g Calories from fat: 40 Cholesterol: 1mg Carbohydrate, by difference: 36.73g Total dietary fiber: 7.79g Protein: 5.51g