Whole foods: the nutritional benefits of oats


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One of natures most nutritious grains, oats not only one of the lowest glycaemic index grains but oats also have a relatively high protein content for a grain which adds to their satiating effect. Oats are also a rich source of soluble fibre, the type of fibre known to help lower blood cholesterol levels.

One of the nutritional aspects of oats not often mentioned is that they are also a good source of unsaturated fat. The coarser the oat, the more nutrition they contain and hence the better they are for us. Rolled, cooked raw oats are a perfect breakfast for adults and children alike but try adding some to homemade muffins and cakes or baked with a sprinkle of honey and team with some nuts for a tasty, nourishing snack.

Recipe of the Week

Overnight Oats

A great recipe that can also be used by those who require LOW FODMAPS.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup oats

100ml milk (Use Oat Milk if LOW FODMAPS)

100ml yoghurt (Use Lactose Free if LOW FODMAPS)

1 tbsp. chia seeds

Pinch of cardamom

1/2 banana, sliced

1 tsp. flaked almonds

Berries for serving

Method

1. Add oats, milk, yoghurt, chia and cardamom in a cup or bowl and mix well before covering and refrigerating overnight.

2. In the morning, serve with berries and almonds sprinkled on top.

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