by Deb Price
(Lancaster, Kentucky)

Visitor Question:

I have a question on a cereal. I am very careful with the grains that I eat, but
since it is getting cold, mid twenties when I get up, I sure would like a bowl of hot oatmeal. This is how I make it. I take steel cut oats add some unsweetened coconut, mix in homemade yogurt, enough to make it soupy, then I let it sit in the fridge for a day or two. I then take this and add about the same amount of water and I microwave it for a few minutes. I then add
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. coconut sugar and a few, 5 walnuts, sometimes a bit of diced apple or pear.

What do you think? I think everything is ok except maybe the coconut sugar. I think I am suppose to stay away from anything sweet, but it sure is yummy.

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

Hi Deb,

Oats are low glycemic - that's the good news! I eat a similar oatmeal recipe to what you're talking about. It even has the walnuts and apples in it. Yes, I agree - it's yummy, especially on a cold, wintry morning!

So, what you're doing to stay low glycemic is perfect except for the coconut sugar as you guessed. What about substituting agave syrup? I agree oatmeal needs a little sweetener. You can look at the list of low glycemic sweeteners on the Low Glycemic Food List. Xylitol, stevia or agave syrup are all low glycemic.

This is a great low glycemic breakfast but watch your portions! No more than 1/2 cup dried oatmeal or double the amount but only eat half at one breakfast and save the rest for the next day.



See the follow up to Oatmeal Recipe. Coconut sugar is low glycemic. If you have insulin resistance, however, as Deb points out, it is best to stay away from anything that tastes sweet until you really have your blood sugar under control. Eating cinnamon twice a day in a glass of water or hot tea is going to help you to do this. Everyone loves something sweet occasionally however, so when you do indulge make sure it is low glycemic and coconut sugar works.

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