Have you ever thought about adding an egg to your family’s morning oatmeal? I’m not talking about adding a side of eggs with your oatmeal, I mean really putting an egg IN your oatmeal!
If this sounds a bit odd, I thought it was too – until we tried it! So before you think I’m crazy, trust me … it really is GOOD! Not just because it adds a special creaminess to traditional oatmeal, but most importantly because it provides an extra boost of protein and nutrients from our favorite real food friend – the pastured egg!
And incase you’re worried what your kids (or spouse) might think … Shh! It will be our little secret!
How to Add a Boost of Healthy Protein & Nutrients to Your Favorite Oatmeal:
Step 1: Pick Your Favorite Oatmeal Recipe
My hubby and boys love gluten-free oatmeal, so if you’re looking for a tasty GF oatmeal recipe (or two or three), just pop over to my special recipe section devoted to Wholesome Breakfast Porridges for lots of healthy, delicious options. The photo above simply shows my favorite Cinnamon Maple Crunch Oatmeal topped with a splash of almond milk and some fresh seasonal berries for an extra dose of nutritious antioxidants! Yum!
Step 2: Soak Your Oats!
If you’re new to the concept of soaking, then I encourage you to check out “How to Soak Grains for Optimal Nutrition.” This centuries-old process helps to breakdown the anti-nutrients and hard-to-digest components found in oats, while also helping your body better absorb beneficial nutrients.
Step 3: Preparing Your Oatmeal
After you’ve soaked your oats, rinse and drain them. Then refer to whichever one of my oatmeal recipes you plan to make and place whatever the required amount of liquid is into a saucepan.
Step 4: Add A Pastured Egg
Before you add your soaked oats to the saucepan, it’s important to first thoroughly whisk in an egg into the cold cooking liquid, until well blended. I find that adding one pastured egg per one to two cups of soaked oats gives it a nice creaminess without any noticeable taste difference. Next, add your soaked oats to the saucepan and combine well with the egg-cooking mixture. Then, follow the recipe as directed making sure to use low heat (such as medium-low) to slowly bring the oatmeal to a gentle simmer.
Step 5: ENJOY!
Eggs truly are an “Incredible Edible” source of nutrients – One pastured egg has about 6-7 grams of protein (including all 9 essential amino acids), along with many other nutritional benefits such as naturally-occuring vitamin D, A, E, B2, B6, B9, and important minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and choline. In addition, recent studies have revealed what real foodies have know for years – moderate consumption of eggs does not negatively affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it.