Why I’m A Fan of the Bran

Happy Monday, folks!  I hope you’re having a good one so far.

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve added in a new grain into the breakfast rotation: oat bran.  I go through phases with oat bran because sometimes I just forget about it and default to oatmeal, but lately I just can’t get enough of it.  I know, oat bran sounds like some ultra boring, goopy grain your grandmother eats for breakfast, but hear me out.

It’s quite cheap and most grocery stores sell it, but unlike oatmeal I’ve only seen it sold as plain, unadulterated oat bran.  That just means you can doctor it up however you’d like.  Like oatmeal, you can prepare it the same way with the same ratio of water or plant milk in the microwave or stovetop, and have breakfast ready in 5 minutes!

As I’ve mentioned before, if you’re into cream of wheat, chances are high you’ll love this stuff.  It really does have the exact same texture, but is much more nutritionally dense.  Did I mention it’s lower in calories per serving as well?  Check out this stellar nutritional profile which is similar to that of oatmeal, but with even more exceptional properties:

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Since there’s 50% more fiber in oat bran than in oatmeal and a bit more protein, I find that it digests more slowly and keeps me fuller longer than my beloved oats.  Aside from being packed with insoluble fiber, it contains a soluble fiber called beta-glucan.  According to Healthline.com, beta-glucan is indigestible which means it passes through the digestive tract, and can take cholesterol with it, thereby lowering your overall cholesterol levels.  On a similar note, oat bran adds bulk to your stool, so if you struggle with constipation this is an excellent healthy vegan breakfast option to remedy that.

Oat bran also contains selenium, a mineral that combined with protein combats free radicals and supports thyroid function.  Who doesn’t want to eat something that can potentially decrease their risk of cancer or heart disease?!

If you’ve never tried oat bran, I highly recommend giving it a go.  It may just become your new favorite healthy breakfast choice.

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Oat bran topped with mixed berries & drizzled with a bit of maple peanut butter 

Happy Eating!

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