Y Oats?

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At first, I thought this might be a selfish article on my behalf, because it just so happens that Oatmeal is my favorite food. But then, I did a little research and discovered that this nutrient rich grain is also a favorite for the Duchess of Cambridge and is in fact one of the world’s healthiest foods!

Scientifically referred to by the name, Avena Sativa, and with a mere 130 calories per cup, oatmeal is a delicious miracle food helping Y’s lead healthier lives. A correlation of high levels in iron, B Vitamins, fiber (15.9%), magnesium, protein and low levels of fat… allow oats to become a concentrated source of whole grains, which are known to lower risk for several diseases.

But, Y? Oats are harvested, cleaned and roasted but they keep hold of their lignans from the plant chemicals; namely one lignan, ‘enterolactone’ which protects against hormone dependant cancers, such as breast cancer. Due to the high levels of fiber and complex carbohydrates, which slow down the conversion of this whole food into simple sugars, oats also stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of diabetes. In addition, oats remove bad cholesterol and can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease; high antioxidant levels remove cholesterol from the digestive system and help prevent free radicals from damaging the digestive system.

The Mayo-clinic website refers to whole grain oats as one of the top five super-foods for improving cholesterol numbers; since we now have various options for integrating oats into our diet i.e. in smoothies, with fruit and yogurt, granola, pancakes and baked goods… there are no excuses for our generation!

P.S. Lauren’s GF Tips: Best GF Oats on the market… ‘Glutenfreeda Instant Oatmeal’

 

Oatmeal:

In a saucepan over high heat, boil:

1 Cup of Boiling Water

1 Package of Instant Oats

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

A pinch of salt

Take off of heat and add:

¼ Cup of Dried Fruit (raisins, cranberries, figs)

¼ Cup Blueberries

1 Banana diced

1 Tsp. Honey

Drizzle with Dried Coconut and/or Dried Granola

 

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