Anyone that follows my Instagram will see that I love oats for breakfast. Not only are they the most simple thing to make they are also delicious, really nutritious and so versatile. They are packed with so much fibre they will keep you full up for longer, helping to avoid any sugar crashes that leave you sluggish and potentially grabbing more sugar or caffeine, a cycle I found extremely hard to get out of. They will move through your digestive system so effectively, helping to reduce the amount of time harmful bacteria lingers in the bowel. They contain beta-glucan, which studies have shown to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of high blood pressure and will boost your immune system helping you to fight bacterial infection. Other benefits include selenium which is great for cell repair, fighting and preventing cancers and also dementia.
Try and get organic oats that have nothing else added to them. I cook my oats in almond milk to make a delicious creamy porridge, put them in my fruit smoothies or even use them to make treats and desserts. Below are some extra things you could add to your porridge for an extra dose of goodness:
- Almonds – source of protein, vitamin E, magnesium and heart healthy fats.
- Pecans – great source of vitamin E which will give you healthier hair and skin, also monounsaturated fats to keep your heart healthy.
- Pumpkin Seeds – high in antioxidants, full of zinc and protein.
- Flaxseed – high in omega 3 and fibre.
- Fresh Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) – high antioxidants, vitamin C, maganese.
- Goji Berries – high in antioxidants, vitamin C, loaded with beta-carotene (promoting healthy glowing skin), and fibre.
- Banana – lots of potassium to keep the heart healthy, high in fibre and also improve the absorption of calcium in the body.
- Cacao – raw cacao is full of iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and fibre. Just stir one or two tablespoons in your porridge for some chocolate oaty goodness.
- Honey – a natural tasty sweetener! Try replacing man-made, processed, empty calories in your diet with a natural sweetener. Honey will boost your immune system, fight bacteria and give you energy.
Oats are great for all the family, although Amelie managed to kick hers out of my hand this morning and they ended up on the new rug!