There’s nothing better than a delicious bowl of warm, creamy oats on a chilly winter morning. Just the smell of them makes me hungry! But oats shouldn’t just be reserved for winter. This multi-purpose grain makes for a perfectly healthy meal all year round (and all day long too!).
Oats have got to be one of my favourite grains, and for more reason than one! Firstly, lets talk health benefits. Your average humble oat is:
‘ Jam packed with vitamins and minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, biotin, chromium and zinc
‘ Rich in a special dietary fibre called ‘beta-gluten’ that helps to remove cholesterol from the digestive system.
‘ Filled with special antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
‘ Naturally high in protein
‘ Better tolerated than other grains like rye, wheat and barley by people with celiac disease
‘ Great at stabilizing blood sugar levels
‘ Low GI and so provides long-lasting, slow-burning energy
Not only are oats super nutritious, they’re seriously yummy too! The mild flavour means they can be used in so many different ways. Hot or cold, sweet or savoury, blended up or even all on their own! It’s totally up to you.
The important thing to remember is that oats shouldn’t just be reserved for breakfast. Believe it or not, oats are still good for you whether you eat them for breakfast, lunch or even dinner! So we dare you, in fact WE CHALLENGE YOU, to take a step out of that boring brekky comfort zone and try something a little less conventional.
Here are some of our favourite recipes that we feel really highlight the versatility of this humble grain.
VEGAN BLUEBERRY OAT BARS
PUMPKIN OAT BREAD
CREAMY MUSHROOM OAT-RISOTTO