5 benefits of oats

Probably everybody knows oatmeal as the very healthy and nutritious breakfast without any flavor to it. But there is way more on oatmeal than just a thick porridge. Let’s break down five amazing benefits of oats and keep on reading for my two favorite ways to prepare this yummy grain.

Benefits

  • Oats are an amazing source of nutrition and vitamins. 100 grams of oatmeal contains 380 calories; 6,9 grams of fat (4,72 g unsaturated), 66,3 grams carbohydrates, 16,9 grams of protein and 10,6 grams of fibre. Besides those nutritional facts it also contains vitamin B1, zinc, magnesium and iron. Oatmeal definitely makes your day start with a healthy kick.
  • This grain also has antioxidants packed in it, which, taken to a healthy extent, are great for your body and can help lower blood pressure. If you just eat natural and healthy products throughout the day, you most likely will get a good amount of antioxidants in your diet.
  • Oatmeal is a great way to start your day for an energy boost. Oats tend to cause a slow rise in glycemic levels, which gives you a full feeling throughout the morning and helps increase fat-burn. This grain is perfect to consume two to three ours before a run or other exercise.
  • Now, we understand oats are great for the inside of your body, but what about the outside? It’s not just coincidence that a lot of beauty products contain this super grain. Oats have been used as a treatment for itchy skin for ages as the fibre attracts and locks in moisture. It also cleanses the skin and helps maintain the PH-value.
  • Last but not least, oatmeal can be absolutely delicious when adding different kinds of toppings, there are many varieties to try out. Read further to check out my two favourite ways to prepare this health booster.

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Recipes

With different spices, ingredients and toppings you can transform your simple bowl of porridge into a star worthy breakfast. Here are my two favourite ways to prepare a nice oatmeal breaky.

Banana Caramel

Only the title makes me drool, but no time for that now. If you love something sweet and warm in the morning, this is the perfect bowl for you.

  • (Rolled) oats – ½ cup
  • Almond milk/water – ½ to 1 cup
  • Cinnamon – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Maple syrup (or any other sweetener of choice) – add to your own taste
  • 1 banana
  • Peanuts/Pecans – small hand

Besides these main ingredients you can also add:

  • Chia or flex seeds (will take up liquid and expand to a pudding like consistency to make the texture and volume of your oatmeal more interesting)
  • Vanilla extract (will give more flavour)
  • Pinch of salt (nice in combination with the peanuts and caramel flavour)
  • Scoop of peanut butter (for the full peanut butter and banana experience)

The night before: Start peeling the banana and mushing it up with a fork or in your blender. To this slimy mixture, add your oats, liquid of choice, cinnamon and sweetener. Mix the ingredients together. This is also the moment to add in your chia/flex seeds, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt or peanut butter. Make sure all ingredients are nicely mixed together before leaving it in the fridge overnight. This way the flavors can be absorbed fully by the oats.

Morning: Take your bowl out of the fridge and put the mixture into a small pot. If everything went well, your mixture has expanded and thickened. Slowly get the oats to a simmer and add liquid if the oats are too thick for your liking. When heated, add a hand full of nuts (peanuts/pecans) and serve in a bowl. For toppings you can choose whatever you like; add a bit more of cinnamon, a few more nuts or maybe some slices of banana. Let your creativity out and enjoy this delicious breakfast.

Granny’s apple pie in a bowl

Yep, sounds just as delicious as the previous recipe. Nice and sweet, but with a little more of a spring element to it.

  • (Rolled) oats – ½ cup
  • Almond milk/water – ½ to 1 cup
  • Cinnamon – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Maple syrup (or any other sweetener of choice) – add to your own taste
  • 1 apple – cut up into small pieces
  • Pecans/Almonds – small hand
  • Raisins – small hand

Besides these main ingredients you can also add:

  • Chia or flex seeds (will take up liquid and expand to a pudding like consistency to make the texture and volume of your oatmeal more interesting)
  • Vanilla extract (will give more flavour)
  • Berry’s (raspberry’s or blueberry’s will give the traditional apple pie a more modern and fruity vibe, give it a try, your oatmeal will taste delicious with these stars in it!)

The night before: Cut up your apple in small pieces, it is up to you if you want to take off the peel as well. Add your oats, liquid of choice, cinnamon, raisins and sweetener. Mix the ingredients together. This is also the moment to add in your chia/flex seeds, vanilla extract or berry’s. Make sure all ingredients are nicely mixed together before leaving it in the fridge overnight. This way the flavors can be absorbed fully by the oats.

Morning: Take out your bowl and put the mixture into a small pot. If everything went well, your mixture has expanded and thickened. Slowly get the oats to a simmer and add liquid if the oats are too thick for your liking. When heated, add a hand full of nuts and serve in a bowl. For toppings you can choose whatever you like. Add a bit more of cinnamon, a few more nuts or maybe some berry’s and slices of apple. Let your creativity out and enjoy this delicious breakfast.

There it is, the benefits of oats and two great ways to prepare them. I hope this might be helpful for you, leave a comment below if any questions came up while reading or if you gave one of the recipes a try. Also, make sure to check me out on other social media platforms.

Lysbeth Koster

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