What Is Oatmeal? Health Benefits, Prepping Tips, And More

Organic Breakfast Quinoa with Nuts

We get asked the question, “What is oatmeal?” pretty frequently. On one level, it surprises us every time because oatmeal has been around for thousands of years.

On another level, we’re not surprised at all because busy schedules make it almost impossible for people to sit down to a hearty and healthy oatmeal breakfast. Generations have gone without the benefits oatmeal has to offer.

We’re here to change that.

In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project answer the question, “What is oatmeal?” and give you tips for preparing this tasty treat.

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.

What Is Oatmeal?

Oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon

Oatmeal, a type of hot cereal, is porridge you might typically eat for breakfast (although it makes a great meal any other time, too).

Many people use the terms oatmeal and porridge interchangeably, but while all oatmeal is porridge, not all porridge is oatmeal. Allow us to explain.

Porridge is a combination of ground, crushed, or chopped starchy plants — typically grains — boiled in water or milk. You can make porridge out of a wide variety of grains, including:

  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Buckwheat

By far, the most popular grain with which to make porridge is oats. Oatmeal, then, is ground, crushed, or chopped oats boiled in water or milk.

You can even add multiple grains into the mix for a truly unique, healthy, and delicious meal anytime. That’s what The Soulfull Project has done with all of our hot cereal flavors.

Our Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal, for example, includes extra ingredients, such as rye, quinoa, flax, and chia that provide multiple benefits for your body, mind, and soul.

What’s more, for every serving you purchase, we donate a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area so everyone can experience the benefits of a nutritious meal whenever they need it.

Health Benefits Of Oatmeal

making overnight oats with blueberries and strawberries

Nutrition

The oats in oatmeal are made of primarily the good variety of carbohydrates (not the sugary or starchy kind found in junk food), but they also contain protein and healthy fat.

For example, our Tart Cherry Multigrain Hot Cereal contains 44g of carbohydrates (including 7g of fiber), 8g of protein, and 4g of healthy fat.

That means you can get all three essential macronutrients — along with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin C, and calcium — in one delicious bowl.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural chemicals found in food that help your body eliminate the free radicals (unstable atoms that can damage cells) that are the primary cause of aging and illness.

Oatmeal has antioxidants in spades!

In fact, the antioxidant avenanthramide is almost exclusively found in oats. That makes oatmeal a powerful ally in keeping your body healthy.

For a delicious antioxidant kick, try our Blueberry Almond Multigrain Hot Cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in-between.

Fiber

Oats and oatmeal contain beta-glucan, a powerful water-soluble fiber that provides many health benefits you can’t get anywhere else. Chief amongst those benefits is its ability to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.

These bacteria assist with digesting and absorbing the food you eat, making the whole process more efficient and beneficial for your body and brain.

To start your day off right, try our Hearty Grains & Seeds Hot Cereal, which contains 27g of carbohydrates, 6g of protein, 3.5g of healthy fat, and a whopping 8g of dietary fiber.

Heart Health

Heart disease is one of the most common health issues on the planet. The contributing factor in the majority of those cases is high blood cholesterol.

The fiber in oats and oatmeal performs three essential, heart-healthy activities in your body:

  1. Reduces total circulating cholesterol in your blood
  2. Reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels
  3. Prevents LDL from oxidizing when it comes in contact with free radicals

Who knew oatmeal could do so much? We did! That’s why we recommend hearty 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 Four Grain Hot Cereal to regional food banks.

When you buy our hot cereal, not only will you enjoy the heart-healthy benefits that oatmeal provides, but you can also gift those benefits to a member of your community who truly needs them.

Improved Blood Sugar

Type 2 diabetes is a common disease in the United States that results from a decrease in sensitivity to the hormone insulin.

Oatmeal may help lower blood sugar levels and even improve insulin sensitivity in those who are overweight or suffer from type 2 diabetes.

Our Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal — as part of a routine including a balanced diet and periodic exercise — is a delicious way to a healthy body and a happy life.

Tips For A Tasty Oatmeal Treat

kids eating oatmeal outside

The easiest way to prepare tasty oatmeal is with one of The Soulfull Project’s many delicious flavors of hot cereal.

Just add hot water or milk (or a combination of both), stir, and wait a few minutes. We know the waiting is the hardest part! But we promise it will be worth the effort.

If you’re making your oatmeal from scratch, here are some tips for getting it right every time.

1) Cook Oatmeal On Medium Heat

Once your liquid of choice is boiling, add in your oats and reduce the heat to medium. This will prevent the porridge from burning before it’s completely cooked.

2) Use The Stovetop Or The Microwave

Before microwaves were standard in most kitchens, your mom, grandma, or great-grandma cooked oatmeal in a pot on the stove.

Either way works well; just be sure to reduce the cook time if you decide to use the microwave.

3) Stir Frequently

When cooking on the stove, be sure to stir your oatmeal frequently. (We suggest every minute or two.) Doing so will prevent the oatmeal at the bottom of the pan from burning and making a mess.

4) Add In Your Favorite Extras

When your oatmeal is ready to eat, add in extras like blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, pecans, almonds, walnuts, flaxseed, hemp seed, or chia.

The combinations are endless, so feel free to tailor your oatmeal to your own tastes and needs!

A Serving Of Oatmeal Can Change The World

Package of Soulfull 4 grain blend oatmeal

At The Soulfull Project, we firmly believe that a serving of oatmeal can change the world.

When you eat a healthy, balanced diet — including fruits, vegetables, protein, and grains like oatmeal — you’ll have the energy you need to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

That’s why we’re committed to providing good food to those who need it!

Whether you choose our Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan, Cinnamon Spice, or Tart Cherry flavors, you’ll get hearty — and heart-healthy — ingredients, including:

  • Rye
  • Quinoa
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

Plus, you’ll also be helping out those in your community. For every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will donate a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.

That one small act can have an impact on the health and happiness of your neighbors and can truly change the world for the better.

For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all our delicious hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.