Whenever there is a conversation about eating healthy, one grain always comes up, Oats. Today, eating oats has become synonymous with healthy eating.
They are considered one of the healthier grains on the planet. Oats have garnered this reputation of being healthy grain because of their components. They're a gluten-free whole cereal crop that's high in vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. It is proven that oatmeal provides several health benefits like weight loss, decreased blood sugar levels, a lower risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and many more.
Oatmeal is a terrific breakfast choice, whether plain or topped with fruit, seeds, and nuts. But, apart from being an Instagram-worthy dish of bliss, oatmeal has an extra-special advantage.
Eating one and a half cups of cooked oatmeal every day can lessen your cholesterol by 5 to 8%.
Here's a quick and easy way to prepare your tasty oatmeal bowl :
Quick Simple Oats
A half-cup of rolled oats
1 cup (250 mL) milk or water
a splash of salt
In a saucepan, mix all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the oats until soft, stirring periodically. You may add cinnamon, fruits, nuts, seeds, and Greek yoghurt to make oatmeal even sweeter and more healthful.
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Oatmeal with Cinnamon Rolls
Half a cup milk
1 pound rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Boil the milk in a medium saucepan on high flame. Stir in the oats and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, then lower to a low heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until the oats are soft and creamy. Make the icing: In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons milk and powdered sugar. Serve the oats drizzled with frosting and topped with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Banana Split Oats
Half a cup milk or water
1 pound rolled oats
1 teaspoon jaggery/honey
1/2 sliced banana
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tbsp small chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
Rainbow sprinkles, for good measure.
Boil the milk in a medium saucepan on high flame.. Stir in the oats and salt, then lower to a low heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until the oats are soft and creamy. Serve oatmeal in a bowl with banana, walnuts, chocolate chips, and sprinkles on top.
Oatmeal Apple Chia Seeds
1 pound steel-cut oats
1 cup water
Pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
Optional: pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cardamom
Apple, sliced thinly
In a medium pot, bring the bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the oats and salt. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring periodically, or until thickened. If preferred, add cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom. Allow it cool for two minutes after removing from the heat. Serve hot with chosen toppings and, if desired, honey or maple syrup.
Overnight oats with carrot cake flavour:
A quarter cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons curd / greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract / essence
1 ripe banana (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon pistachios and almonds (chopped)
To begin, place oats in a glass container, add chia seeds and low fat milk, then Add curd,honey,and cinnamon powder. After that add shredded carrot then lightly pressed, followed with raisins and walnuts.
Finally, chill overnight and serve for breakfast the next morning.
So, what are you holding out for? Have some oats and watch your cholesterol level thank you!