I’ve always enjoyed eating oats. It wasn’t until my late teens that I started appreciating their nutritional benefits. With this appreciation also came paying closer attention to the types of oats I bought. Avoiding pre-flavoured sugary brands and opting for unsweetened, unrefined and gluten free options.
What make oats so nutritious?
Oats are a good source of carbs; helping boost energy! They’re high in antioxidants and beta-glucan fibre; a fibre that helps lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar levels, and increase good gut bacteria. Additionally, they’re high in protein, good fats, minerals, and B Vitamins! Not to mention, they have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties, helping sooth and calm skin irritation and inflammation –you can eat them and wear them too!
What are some tasty ways to cook oats?
Oatmeal, cold oats, oat granola, healthy oat cookies/muffins, oat flour pancakes and waffles… the options are endless! One of my favourite ways to use oats is in a smoothie. Yes, a smoothie! I really enjoy the creamy consistency gluten free old fashioned rolled oats add. I especially like pairing oats in a smoothie with banana -the two combined nail my 3 smoothie essentials.
If you’ve never tried adding oats to your smoothie, you’ve got to give it a try! No need to pre-soak or grind, simply add in and blend!
Get started with this quick andeasy smoothie recipe:
High Fibre Creamy Banana Smoothie
Servings: 2 medium or 1 large
- 2 cups milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 large ripe banana
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats (I love Bob’s Mill Old Fashioned Wheat Free Rolled Oats)
- 2 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 1-2 tsp of maple syrup (or sweetened to liking)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of ground ginger (optional)
Blend all ingredients on high until smooth and creamy!
How do you enjoy eating oats? What spices or natural sweeteners do you like to use with them? Share in the comment section or with me on social media.
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