8 Reasons to Why this Affordable, Plant-Based, Gluten-free Whole Grain Needs to Be a Part of Your Healthy Diet
1) Nutty Flavor, Creamy Texture
Toasting oats brings out their natural nutty flavor. Simmering for a few minutes creates a warm, comforting creamy texture. If you have leftover oats, refrigerate them and add a couple spoonfuls later to a smoothie. The creamy texture is so satisfying.
A 2-lb bag gives you about 16 servings (1/2 cup each) for $8.50 Add water, a dash of cinnamon, and you've got breakfast for that every day for breakfast and you're only spending about 53 cents a bowl. Who needs a dollar menu?
1/2 cup rolled oats packs just 210 calories, but it's got 1/4 of your daily fiber and 7g of protein! They are naturally cholesterol free. In fact, oats contain a special fiber linked to lowering cholesterol and an antioxidant that can repair blood vessels damaged by LDL cholesterol.
4) Naturally Gluten-Free
Oats naturally a gluten-free whole grain. They are often grown and processed near wheat, though, so someone with true Celiac (gluten intolerance) should buy "gluten-free" oats.
Beyond breakfast, you can use oats for Baked Stuffed Apples, the topping on Blueberry Oat Crisp, essential for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and even shredded for Chewy PBJ Oat Bites.
6) Transportable and Airport-Friendly
Pack a small container of dry oats, some pumpkin pie spice, and a tablespoon of raisins. You are just a hot cup of water away from a healthy, satisfying snack. This has been my answer to the intense TSA screening. Once you get past security, find a coffee shop for some water or a microwave, and you're good to go.
From New Zealand to Peru to the Swedish Muesli rainbow, you can find oats pretty much anywhere in the world.
8) You can make them using a just a hotel coffee pot
Simply brew a pot full of hot water. Stir into a cup of oats, let sit 1-2 minutes, and you're ready. If you're really thinking, you might sprinkle in a couple spoonfuls of trail mix or dried fruit for some fun texture.
Why do you love oats?
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Whole Grain Council on Oats and Cholesterol: http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whole-grains-z
About the Author:
Chef Katie Simmons
Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago. She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue. Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry, and a blogger for Kuli Kuli Foods. For fun, she loves to travel. Some of her favorite trips include 4 days on the Incan Trail in Peru, 10 days of hiking in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, and exploring the pretzels and vineyards of Germany