It is said that oatmeal is one of the best choices when it comes to a healthy and nutritious snack. That may be the reason why oats are mostly consumed as oatmeal or whole flakes.
The only question is: what is stopping you from starting or recharging each day with this natural superfood?
Oats are known for their role in preventing cardiovascular disease, maintaining a healthy digestive system, and providing minerals. No wonder they are the star ingredient of our Granola, Oatmeal and Oat Bars!
This means that your yogurt and granola parfait not only tastes good, but is also good for you.
Keeps Your Cholesterol Levels Under Control
Oats are a great source of beta-glucan, one form of soluble dietary fiber that is strongly linked to improving cholesterol levels and boosting heart health. Oats make it easier to collect excess cholesterol and transport it to your liver for elimination, which ultimately helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Filling and Nutritious
If you are looking for a breakfast or snack that will give you enough energy to get active or simply get through your day, look no further. Full of proteins and fibers, oats are all you need.
Great Source of Fibers
There is no doubt that oats should have a place in your daily menu. Its high fiber content - one cup of oats contains just over eight grams of fiber - will contribute greatly to your daily fiber intake, which is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
Bottom line: oats are great allies to have by your side for a healthy digestive system.
Keeps Your Skin Healthy
Oats have been used for their moisturizing, soothing and healing properties for the longest time.
Why? Because they are a great source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and many more minerals!
The vitamin E they contain gives oats antioxidant properties, which act directly on the cells of the epidermis.
As for vitamin B, its intake helps balance your nervous system.
Better Recovery After Training
Popular with athletes of all levels, oats offer a pretty attractive ratio of protein and carbohydrate. Having oats after exercise will help repair muscle tissue and replenish glycogen reserves.
Types of Oats
Ready in one minute, instant oatmeal is certainly the quickest and easiest way to cook oats. However, this kind of oatmeal undergoes several transformations, which means that it loses some of its nutritional value.
Quick Cooking Oatmeal
Quick cooking oatmeal may take 30 seconds more to prepare than instant oatmeal, but this option will give you more nutrients for your money. You will find this type of oats in our Oatmeal and Overnight Oats.
Old-fashioned oatmeal takes about 15 minutes to cook, which is why they are often used in recipes requiring a longer baking time, such as our Granola. Although it takes a little longer to prepare, this kind of oatmeal contains the most nutrients since it is minimally processed.
In short, if you want to take advantage of everything that oats have to offer, the less processed, the better.
Add oats to your snacks, desserts and main courses to give them a healthy twist. If you are looking for inspiration, try our granola-based recipes to make the most delicious decadent chocolate cookies, muffins and breakfast scones!