O: Oats!

Moving on with our healthy alphabet, I was excited to write about the letter O. Oats! Because I’m a thrilling individual that gets excited about things like that.

Oats get a bad rap. You should give oats a chance! Most people turn up their noses at oats for breakfast but they are SO MUCH MORE than just oatmeal.

And those little packets of “oatmeal” you get in a box? THROW THEM OUT. They’re full of sugar and flavorings and garbage. Make your own. It’s not difficult.

Here’s what I do:

Before you go to bed, take about a cup of steel cut oats. These are the good kind that haven’t been messed around with too much. The whole oat, nothing but the oat, so help me.

Place them in a big pot and add about four cups of water. Bring it to a boil and then turn off the heat and leave the lid on. Go to bed. When you wake up, you’ll have gloriously cooked oats-enough for four days! Add yogurt, berries, nuts, seeds, honey, maple syrup, jam, whatever. EAT AND BE HAPPY. And full until lunch. YUM. You’re welcome.

What else can you do with oats? One of my favourite ways to get it in my kids is grind it up and use it as flour. You can use the rolled oats for this. Oat flour can be used as a one-to-one replacement for whole wheat flour in any recipe. It’s typically gluten free (but if you’re celiac, you’ll want to check) so any sensitivities can benefit from this little nugget of knowledge as well.20150426_185755

I use oat flour in this crust. It’s awesome. You should make it.

Why oats? What’s the benefit? Great question! Here’s five reasons:

One: FIBRE. These awesome insoluble grains will keep you full for not a lot of calories. They’ve been proven again and again as an awesome food for appetite control and help food move through your body and decrease constipation.

Two: Oats can help control blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

Three: It’s possible introducing oats early to children can decrease their risk of developing asthma. Worth a try!

Four: Oats are a high source of the mineral manganese. This mineral can promote healthy bone formation and help control blood sugar which makes them incredibly diabetes-friendly.

Five: Oats are also good for your outside! They can help sooth irritated itchy skin in a completely natural way. The starch allows the skin to hold in moisture and can be used as a gentle exfoliant.

So give oats a chance! You’ll be happy you did!

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