Brain Boosting Oatmeal

It should come as no surprise that oatmeal falls into the brain-boosting food category. The kicker is that most, pre-made, processed oatmeal should not fall in that list but does—grocery stores carry pre-made oatmeal packets packed with sugar and the ease of use makes these hard to pass up as a busy adult. Our tip is to look for steel cuts, minimally processed oats! These will take longer to make than the 90-second microwaveable oatmeal of your childhood, but these are tastier and much better for you. Plus, you can sub any berry out for the blueberries you see listed below!

Ingredients: 

  • Steel cut oats
  • chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Blueberries
  • maple syrup for sweetener
  • Water
  • sea salt

Instructions: 

  • Soak 1 cup of steel cut oats in 2 cups of water overnight in your fridge to make them easier to prepare the next day 
  • Put your pre-soaked oats in a pot with a pinch of sea salt and bring to a boil, add more water as needed
  • After boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for up to 15 minutes or when the oats are fluffy (add more water as needed to avoid burning) 
  • Once done, put into your favorite bowl, add your toppings and mix together 
  • Enjoy a hearty brain boosting breakfast!

Benefits: 

  • Fiber source, specifically beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that can help with appetite control and slowing the release of sugar in the bloodstream 
  • Fiber source can also help with regular bowel movements that helps the body get rid of excess waste and protect various organs including your brain 
  • Includes brain boosting blueberries to provide key antioxidants shown to support memory health 
  • Chia seeds and walnuts provide additional fiber and omega-3 fatty acids that are brain protective.
  • Maple syrup while a sugar source also provides antioxidants that support mental performance. If you are including sugar in the diet, make it impactful!