This may come as a surprise to many but the popular health food is avoided on the paleo diet.
Oatmeal, which can be grounded, steel-cut or rolled, is extracted from hulled oat grains. We know that grains have no place on a paleo diet so naturally oatmeal is not considered paleo.
Now you must be wondering that if oatmeal is not really good for the body then why is it recommended by so many nutritionists?
There is no denying that oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates and is high in soluble fiber, making it a wonder food for fitness freaks and many dietitians but not particularly for those that lead the Paleo lifestyle.
Just like most grains and legumes, oatmeal also contains anti-nutrients that weaken the immune system.
When consumed regularly or in large amounts, these anti-nutrients eventually cause inflammation and a poor digestive system or leaky gut.
As hard as it may be to give up on a freshly prepared bowl of oatmeal, especially on mornings when you need some strengthening meals to help you get through the day, letting go of the habit will be much more beneficial to your health.
So what can you eat if oatmeal is not an option?
Well, there are quite a few paleo oatmeal alternatives it seems and the fact that they are all unbelievably delicious might just see to it that your heart never yearns for oatmeal ever again.
Think we are exaggerating? Take a look at some of these paleo oatmeal alternatives and decide for yourself.
1. Grain-Free Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
You can make this for breakfast or late afternoon or for any time of the day really because there should be no set time to enjoy something as healthy and tasty as this.
All you need are some apples, cashew nuts (pre-soaked) and raisins. For added taste you can include a dash of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla (scraped bit of half a bean).
- Dice the apples and boil them in a bit of water with the raisins and spices until soft
- Once cooked take it off the stove and allow to cool
- Blend the items in a food processor or immersion blender until you get a ‘porridge-like’ consistency
- Add the nuts and pulse to break them for a chunky texture
- Transfer to serving bowls and serve warm or cold with your desired toppings
You can add sliced bananas or strawberries as toppings
2. Sweet Potato Oats for Breakfast
You can always use sweet potatoes instead of oatmeal to prepare a healthy breakfast meal for you and your family.
Follow these steps for one serving:
- Peel 1 sweet potato and shred it in the food processor
- With the blade attached, pulse for a few seconds until the mixture looks similar to oats.
- In a bowl combine the sweet potato oats with some almond milk (about ¼ cup), 1/3 cup crushed bananas, a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Microwave the mixture until cooked, it might take approximately 3 to 4 minutes
- Remove and serve warm with any toppings of your choice
3. Quick Paleo Breakfast Porridge
You can whip up a bowl of paleo porridge in less than 5 minutes and have plenty of time to relax and enjoy this delicious breakfast treat while remaining loyal to the paleo diet.
Here is how:
- Heat about ¾ cup of almond milk in saucepan until warm
- Add 6 tablespoons of coconut shreds
- Add 3 tablespoons of almond flour and 1 ½ tablespoons of golden milled flax meal.
- For taste add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and some ground cinnamon and salt
- Cook for approx 1-2 minutes over medium heat and until soft
- Serve on a bowl and add extra almond milk, paleo granola, honey or any paleo-friendly toppings of your choice.
4. Nut and Seed N’Oatmeal
You have to hand it to paleo enthusiasts, they sure know how to come up with the best paleo substitutes and often these substitutes are so good that we even forget that they are actually substituting something non-paleo.
The term n’oatmeal is a well known one in the paleo lifestyle, where the ever popular oatmeal is replaced by grain free snack prepared out of nuts.
Note that this tasty dish requires some prior preparation but that all adds up to the final result of a creamy and delicious healthy meal for breakfast.
To make the best version of this dish you must soak the seeds and nuts the night before so that the enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients are reduced and the healthy nutrients are in state that allows easy digestion.
Follow these simple steps:
- Place 2 cups of walnuts or almonds and ½ cup pumpkin seeds (all raw, soaked for 8 hours or more and drained) in the food processor and process till smooth and well grounded.
- Transfer the mixture to a jar and add 3 tablespoon chia seeds and 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (also soaked and drained)
- Pour in 3 cups of almond milk
- Add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, a liquid sweetener of choice and some sea salt
- Stir and mix
- Seal the jar and store it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, overnight if possible
- When you are ready to serve it you can warm it on the stove or serve cold as it is.
- Serve in bowls with your favorite toppings
Keep the porridge in the refrigerator and try to consume it within 3 days or simple reduce the ingredient portions to avoid leftovers.
Make one of the above recipes the next time you feel like having oatmeal and you will soon start to feel healthier and more active throughout the day.
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If you are keen on sticking to the Paleo diet then you need to cut of oatmeal completely. Luckily the alternatives are just as hearty and delicious so you won’t be missing out much.