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How Much Oatmeal Should I Eat? | Benefits Of Eating Oatmeal Every Day

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Oatmeal is a nutritious addition to any balanced diet. Still, many people wonder, “How much oatmeal should I eat a day to stay healthy?” Our experts answer that question and discuss the benefits of eating oatmeal every day.

We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.

How Much Oatmeal Should I Eat A Day?

We recommend eating one serving of oatmeal every day, but the specific answer to the question “How much oatmeal should I eat a day?” ultimately comes down to the type of oats you choose.

Steel cut oats, rolled oats, and instant oats are all pretty much the same nutritionally, but, as you’ll see below, there are benefits to eating oats that are closer to the original oat groat (the kernel right off the stalk).

How Much Oatmeal Should I Eat A Day: Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats (or Irish oatmeal) are oat groats right off the stalk that have been chopped into small pieces with a steel blade.

Because they’re basically raw grain, they’re denser and thicker than other types of oats and take longer to prepare (from 15 to 30 minutes) — unless you choose

The Soulfull Project’s Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal Hot Cereal, which is ready in as little as three minutes. 

Steel cut oats are heartier, chewier, and nuttier than other types of oatmeal, which makes them ideal as a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.

How much steel cut oatmeal should you eat a day? Here’s a simple, single-serving recipe you can make any time to help you eat the right amount of steel cut oatmeal:

  1. In a pan, mix ¾ cup of hot water, milk, or broth with ¼ cup of dry steel cut oats
  2. Bring liquid to a boil
  3. Reduce heat
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes or until oats reach desired texture
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy

If you’re short on time in the morning, mix up a batch of steel cut oats the night before so you can grab a healthy breakfast before starting your busy day.

How Much Oatmeal Should I Eat A Day: Rolled Oats

Rolled oats are similar to steel cut oats, except that rolled oats are steamed and flattened instead of chopped.

Rolled oats are partially cooked because of the steam, so they take much less time to prepare (two to five minutes) and have a milder flavor and softer texture than typical steel cut oats.

How much of this type of oatmeal should you eat a day? Try this easy recipe for a single serving:

  1. In a pan, mix 1 cup of water, milk, or broth with ½ cup of dry rolled oats
  2. Bring liquid to a boil
  3. Reduce heat
  4. Simmer for four minutes or until oats reach desired texture
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy

Can’t spare five minutes for a healthy breakfast? Rolled oats are the ideal base for easy-bake oatmeal bars — a simple way to embrace the day, refuel during a homeschooling break, or power up before a meeting.

How Much Oatmeal Should I Eat A Day: Instant Oats

Instant oats are similar to rolled oats in that they’ve been steamed and flattened. Instant oats, however, go through much more preparation than other oats before they reach consumers.

This extra effort results in a very mild flavor, soft texture, and extremely short cook times (one to two minutes).

How much instant oats oatmeal should you eat a day? This recipe explains:

  1. In a pan, mix 1 cup of water, milk, or broth with ½ cup of dry instant oats
  2. Bring liquid to a boil
  3. Reduce heat
  4. Simmer for two minutes or until oats reach desired texture
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy

Instant oats are also great as the base for your overnight oatmeal or oatmeal bars when you don’t have any steel cut or rolled oats on hand. The end result might not be as flavorful, but it will still be a quick, nutritious, and delicious treat when you’re short on time!

The Benefits Of Eating Oatmeal Every Day

oatmeal with blueberry toppings for how much oatmeal should I eat a day

Keeps Your Ticker On Time

Eating a heart-healthy balanced diet — including oatmeal — is a great way to keep your ticker on time and beating strong.

Fiber reduces both total circulating cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in your bloodstream. At the same time, that fiber prevents the remaining LDL from oxidizing (solidifying) when it comes in contact with the free radicals in your body (more on that below).

Oatmeal is packed with fiber! That’s why we recommend heart-healthy oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner as part of a balanced diet. 

It’s also why we dedicate our time and energy to providing healthy food to those who often go without by donating our hot cereal to regional food banks.

Gluten-Free Goodness

Oats are naturally gluten-free, so go ahead and mix up a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast today. 

If you suffer from celiac disease or even a mild sensitivity to gluten, look for the gluten-free label on the packaging before you buy for an extra bit of protection. 

The gluten-free label ensures that your oatmeal contains as little gluten as possible (19 parts per million or less) to help you avoid the irritation, inflammation, and discomfort that gluten can cause.

gluten free steel cut oat bowl with peaches for how much oatmeal should I eat a day

The Soulfull Project, for example, puts the gluten-free label front and center on all packaging so you can rest easy and enjoy a hearty bowl of oatmeal or hot cereal without the struggles that gluten often brings.

No More Searching For Macros

For a healthy, balanced diet, you need to consume carbohydrates (the good kind!), protein, and healthy fat every day. These components of your food are so important that doctors and scientists call them essential macronutrients.

Most foods offer one or two macronutrients, but oatmeal contains all three!

You’d have to eat a slice of meat, a veggie, and some nuts to get the same combination of macronutrients as a single serving of oatmeal or hot cereal provides.

No need to search for your macros anymore — just eat a bowl of oatmeal every day as part of a balanced diet.

Vitamins And Minerals In One Place

Inside those essential macronutrients are micronutrients that your body needs to function at its best. What are micronutrients? They’re vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B
  • And many others…

Most foods contain a few vitamins and minerals — which is why we have to eat a varied, balanced diet to get them all — but some foods contain a larger variety than others.

Oatmeal is one of those foods and offers plenty of vitamins and minerals in one place! For example, The Soulfull Project’s Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

Add in your favorite extras — including fruits, vegetables, and nuts — to get even more micronutrients in a single serving of oatmeal or hot cereal.

Other Grains, Even More Benefits

Single serving of The Soulfull Project Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain hot cereal

While you’re customizing your oatmeal with all of those extras, add some extra grains into the mix for even more benefits and make a hot cereal in the process.

Not sure which grains to add? The Soulfull Project can help. No matter which of our hot cereals you choose, you’ll get hearty grains and seeds, including:

  • Rye
  • Quinoa
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Oats
  • Barley

These extras add a tasty and vitamin-packed kick to your morning routine that will help you power through to lunch and beyond.

You’ll also be helping out those in need in your community. How?

For every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will donate a serving to a food bank in your area. What’s good for you and your family is now good for your neighbors in need as well.

Help The Soulfull Project change the world, one serving at a time!

To get more information on the serving-for-serving program and check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors, visit today.

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