Oatmeal recipes are flooding the Internet nowadays, but oats have been something that has been around forever, at least in my mind! It has always been a breakfast staple in my house ever since I was little and I still really enjoy a steaming bowl of oats. I did change the way I prepare it nowadays, using nut milk and honey or agave (not to mention the extra options like nuts, fruits etc.) instead of normal milk and sugar. Look out for our Friday post, which gives you our Top 5 Oatmeal Recipes, but first some nutritional info in our superfood Product Highlight: Oats!
- The grain resides on the low end of the glycemic index (GI), which is a ranking of how carbohydrates affect your blood sugar levels. When you eat oats, your body will digest and absorb them slowly, which keeps you feeling full for a longer time and decreases the chances of you grabbing an unhealthy snack in between meals
- Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan, which have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. Eating a bowl of oatmeal a day (3 grams of soluble fiber) may lower cholesterol levels by 8-23%!
- One cup of oats provides nearly 70% of your daily needs for manganese, a mineral that helps enzymes in bone formation. You’ll also get good helpings of vitamin B1 and magnesium, not mention a good amount of fiber and protein, which stimulates collagen formation in the body
- A half cup of oats has over 25% of your recommended amount of Biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin responsible for a healthy metabolism and digestion, but it also contributes to great hair, skin, and nails and we all want that! It can also be found in almonds and chia seeds, which are great additions to your oatmeal!
Tip: Only buy the amount of oats that you can use in two months time, after which the oats are more likely to spoil. Store in an airtight container and place away in a cool, dry and dark spot