The Glory of Steel Cut Oats


I used to meal prep for my mom and I back in 2012 when I was first getting into flexible dieting.  Like most people I quickly got into bulk cooking. I worked a ton of hours and traveled all over the place locally during those first couple of years.  One day I’d be driving to New Hampshire, the next to Western Mass, and on some days I’d be on the train to downtown Boston.  Getting everything cooked and measured out into Tupperware containers was huge success factor for a number of reasons, but the main ones were– 1) it taught me serving sizes by weighing things out with a food scale, and 2) it saved me from making too many “I’m hungry” decisions.

Among the many dieting mistakes I made before finding flexible dieting was copying whatever diet the celebrity-of-the-month on the cover of Men’s Health said he ate for the movie he was promoting.  For some reason I remembered Ryan Reynolds noting steel cut oats in the feature article promoting Blade Trinity.  [Side note: later that year I went back and plugged his diet into myfitnesspal.  Zero percent chance that was what he was eating each day to gain 20 lbs.  Do this before you copy some celebrity’s diet– they usually make no sense].  So anyway, I bought a bucket of steel cut oats on some Sunday meal prep day and soon noticed how full they kept me.  I was still dieting like a moron at that point– eating way too few calories– so steel cut oats were a Godsend.  If you’re someone with a big appetite with low macros you’re going to love these.

A few things on these glorious oats:

  1. They take 40 minutes from the time you add water to your pot to finish, so make a bunch of servings.  They reheat pretty well.
  2. They taste good with low calorie of calorie free syrups.
  3. If you can afford the fat macros, add peanut butter or almond butter them before you reheat.  If you can’t, try PB2.
  4. If you’re feeling super fancy add nuts and dried fruit to the water at the start of cooking.
  5. Always add cinnamon unless…
  6. You’re eating them savory style.  At some point (likely out of laziness) I reheated some oats along with steak.  Sounds weird but they’re amazing this way.  Try slow cooker beef with soy sauce, siracha, honey, and spices along with oats in a bowl.  Good times.  You’ll be full forever.

Author: Asher

I worked as a CPA for 10 years before jumping into a fitness industry career. I'm Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified, a Crossfit Level 1 trainer, and an Eat-to-Perform certified nutrition coach.