You’ve probably noticed long shelves of various cereals in supermarkets that are most often considered as “healthy food”. Unfortunately, we have to disappoint you and say that everything you see does not fall into the “healthy” category.
Namely, it is important to know the difference between healthy flakes and cereals, which include, for example, oatmeal, from those that generally contain a number of other not very useful substances for the body.
Read below to learn all about oats, their nutrition value and find some delicious recipes.
All about oats: the value of oatmeal
Oatmeal is natural, almost unprocessed, and consists of oats, a whole grain cereal. Oats are rich in fiber that slows down the digestion of carbohydrates thus lowering blood sugar levels which ultimately causes a feeling of satiety after an oatmeal meal. In addition to fiber, oatmeal is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, and best of all, it contains 347 kcal in just 100 g.
Oatmeal contains vitamins E, B1, B2 and the minerals zinc, selenium, copper, silicon and manganese, as well as phytochemicals that have antioxidant effects and protect the cell from free radicals. Oats are rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium.
There are also proteins and beta glucan, high-value fibers that are soluble in water, lower cholesterol and block the absorption of fat in the intestines. When it comes to cholesterol, oatmeal acts like a sponge that absorbs cholesterol and expels it from the body. For anyone looking to get rid of excess fat, eating oatmeal is the right choice.
In addition to being rich in nutrients, oatmeal is also a source of good health. According to the American Cancer Society, oatmeal:
- reduces the amount of toxins in the body and the risk of cancer
- help fight bile acids
- lowers high blood pressure
- helps fight various skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis or dry skin
- has a mild anti-inflammatory effect.
All about oats: Oatmeal recipes
When you think of oatmeal, you probably only think of breakfast as a meal. With our recipes we will show you that oats are not only a place in the morning part of the day, but you can also use them in many ways to prepare other meals.
- Oatmeal with yoghurt
- oatmeal (order here)
- a couple of dried apricots
- 1 cup of yogurt
- a pinch of vanilla sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Mix the oatmeal in a blender. Add sliced apricots and mix everything well once again and let it stand. Then prepare one yogurt in which you will mix a little vanilla sugar and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Pour both mixtures into serving cups and add fresh fruit to them as desired.
- Oatmeal with raspberries
- 250 ml of milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 5 tablespoons oatmeal (order here)
- a handful of raspberries
- 1 banana
Heat the milk, stirring constantly. When it boils, reduce the heat and add 2 tablespoons of honey. When the honey has dissolved add 5 tablespoons of oatmeal. After they soften a bit( about 2 minutes), add the raspberries and banana that you previously crushed with a fork. Cook for another minute or two, cool slightly and serve.
- Oatmeal with fruit
- 1 cup oatmeal (order here)
- 0.5 cups of apple juice (order here)
- 2 tablespoons raisins or chopped dates (order here)
- a little cinnamon (order here)
- 1.5 cups hot water
- half a cup of chopped bananas, blueberries, strawberries or other fruit
Put oatmeal, apple juice (if you have a juicer, make it freshly squeezed juice), raisins or dates and cinnamon in a bowl. Add hot water and stir. After five minutes it is ready to eat!
- Oatmeal with honey and almonds
- 4 dcl of milk
- 150 g oatmeal (order here)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 handful of almonds or walnuts
Put the milk to heat and add the flakes. Stir while boiling … until thickened, then add chopped almonds. Remove from heat and after 2-3 minutes add honey and stir.
Shake in bowls and serve cold or warm, as you prefer.
We hope these recipes have helped you learn all about oats and with ideas on how to introduce oatmeal into your daily diet. If you come up with a delicious oatmeal recipe yourself, share it with us. We can’t wait to try it!