Oatmeal with pear or apple offers both soluble and insoluble fibre (2 grams each for 1/2 cup uncooked). Insoluble adds bulk and helps with "movement" and soluble dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance.
Oatmeal in particular contains large amounts of beta-glucan ... a type of soluble fibre connected with reduced LDL cholesterol, reduced blood sugar and insulin response, increased feelings of fullness and a healthy gut flora.
Steel cut oats are a better option than rolled oats because they are less processed. Therefore, they contain more fibre and nutrition than other oat varieties.
1 cup steel cut oats, gluten-free
2 cups water
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
2 medium pears, sliced
4 tsp maple syrup
4 dashes cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Toast oats by placing them in a large saucepan over medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes. Make sure to stir them frequently to prevent burning.
Add salt, water, and almond milk to the saucepan of toasted oats.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20-30 minutes, or until desired tenderness is reached.
Divide into four bowls and top with pears, walnuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: If you want to roast your pears first, place them in a baking dish at 375F for about 10 minutes while you’re cooking the oats.