I have been doing lots of cooking and baking recently for my job. One of the things I do is I food coach clients about making better nutritional choices. Every few weeks I bake some snacks and bring them into the gym for everyone to try. What I have noticed is that so many of my recipes include the humble oat.
Benefits of oats…
Oats are one of the healthiest grains available, as they are gluten free, high in fibre, protein and antioxidants and are a whole grain. They can help lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease, as well as assist in lowering blood sugar levels and risk of type 2 diabetes.
They are cheap
I only buy the cheapest, plainest oats possible, I spend $1.30 and buy the homebrand, plain rolled oats. That $1.30 buys me 30 serves of oats, or bakes about 10 different items, such as slices, cookies, muesli bars and oats balls.
Assist in weight lose
Oats can assist is weight lose, because the Beta-glucan in oats helps you to feel fuller for longer. If you feel full, you are less likely to snack on other foods, so you have better portion control.
Full of whole grains
Whole grains are not only recommended for a balanced diet, but they are beneficial for the gastrointestinal tract health, reducing constipation.
There is a reason that I always keep oats in the cupboard, you can make so many things with them…. Here is a sample of what I make… And if you click the links you will find the recipe:
- Muesli Bars
- Banana Oat Cookies
- Dark choc oat slice…
- Super food energy balls
- No Bake Oat Balls
However, as good as oats are, not all oats are made equal. One of the reasons I buy the cheapest, plainest rolled oats, is because they are ones without any nasty additives. So many brands these days offer different flavours, such as creamy honey oats, apple and cinnamon or oats with brown sugar. These fancy names are all just another way of saying ‘oats with added sugar and extra processing.’ So its best to buy the plain oats and add a little squeeze of honey if you like, that way you control how much goes in.
So there you have, the many benefits of oats. If you haven’t already, its time to try some rolled oats!