Growing up, I ate oatmeal for breakfast every. single. day. While I loved the morning ritual of eating a warm, comforting bowl of oats, it didn’t always leave me feeling my best. Eventually I traded oatmeal for other “healthy” breakfast foods, but oats were one of the only foods I intuitively avoided before going Paleo. It wasn’t until many years later, after adopting the Paleo diet, that I learned how difficult oats can be to digest for those with compromised digestion.
So why should you avoid oats?
Oats contain phytic acid, which can block the absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc through the digestive tract, causing mineral deficiencies and inflammation. It also inhibits the production of the digestive enzymes pepsin, trypsin, and amylase, preventing proper digestion. So if you suffer from digestive issues, it’s best to avoid oats until some healing has occurred.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start your day with a warm bowl of “N’oatmeal”!
This grain-free “oatmeal” has the look and consistency of oatmeal, but is much richer in nutrients, and easier on digestion. It’s also just as comforting and hearty as traditional oatmeal, making it the ideal way to start the day in my opinion!
I chose to use riced celeriac root as the base in this N’oatmeal because of it’s starchy texture
that resembles the heartiness of traditional oatmeal, and along with the bananas, lends a slight sweetness to the dish.
A great alternative to the heavy cream I remember pouring over my oatmeal as a kid….coconut milk is rich in healthy fats that will help keep you satiated all morning.
Adds protein to make this a complete meal, along with gut healing amino acids.