This post is the second in a series of carbohydrate exploration. This series uncovers and demystifies carbohydrates for what they are, what they do for our body, and all the hype that we hear in the media.
What happens when you eliminate carbohydrates?
When you eliminate carbohydrates from your body, glycogen stores are depleted. Remember, your brain needs glucose for energy. Since you aren’t giving your brain what it needs to survive, your body will take over. Your body puts itself into the state of ketosis. This is when your body is forced to burn fat to make ketones for energy (hence the name Keto Diet).
When your body goes into ketosis, you will experience short-term weight loss. But forcing your body to continue to produce ketones to supply your brain with energy is not sustainable or healthful. But keeping your body in a state of ketosis is neither sustainable nor healthful. Observational studies show that high-protein, high-fat diets are associated more health problems and, potentially, obesity.
Long-term sustainable weight maintenance and health, with the addition of physical activity, has been shown by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet (that is comprised of healthy fats and unprocessed carbohydrate).
One nutrient dense carbohydrate you should consider adding to your breakfast or brunch routine is steel-cut oats.
Steel-cut oats are whole oats that have been harvested and chopped into two or three pieces with steel blades. These and their uncut state (oat groats) are the least processed forms of oats available.
After the oat is harvested and the hull is removed the oat groat is steamed, rolled, steamed again, and then finally toasted. This process allows the oat to remain in its full grain state and maintains all the vitamins and minerals.
Steel-cut oats are full of B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in sodium and unsaturated fat. In addition, just one cup of steel-cut oats contains 8g of fiber!
Instant Pot Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oats
2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
Combine the steel-cut oats, water, and cinnamon in the liner bowl of the instant pot and stir. Cover and set to manual high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes.
To serve, pour 1 cup of cooked oats into a bowl. Top with a splash of milk (if using) and fresh fruit.
Refrigerate leftovers in a glass container.