You probably already know that oats are a healthy food. After all, the manufacturers of oat products claim one health benefit after another till the cows come home.
I find that positively shocking!
Why? Read on …
Most oats you see in shops and supermarkets are not actually healthy. That’s because they’re highly processed. So don’t be fooled.
The food industry are very good at what they do. They take a nutritious food item. They process it until it’s lost most of its nutrients. And they put it in convenient packages. But they claim all the health benefits of the food in its original form. They charge a higher (value added) price for this magic convenient food. Most people believe that they’re getting the nutrition as well as the convenience. But they’re not.
But all is not lost! The right oats will definitely give you fibres, proteins, vitamins and minerals that your body needs. They’re healthy and nutritious.
There are two types I recommend.
First, old-fashioned rolled oats. Just make sure the label says “old-fashioned”. The oats are bigger and a lot less processed than mainstream oats. If you can’t find them in supermarkets, look for them online. My favourite brand is Scotts Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats.
Another type is steel cut oats. They’re also known as Irish or Scottish oats. But you might find that they’re a bit on the rare side. In fact, I haven’t seen any at all in my local supermarkets (and there are at least five in my vicinity).
Now that you know what kind of oats to buy, I’ll share with you two ways I like to eat my oats. They are my favourite oat recipes.
The Traditional Way, In Porridge …
This recipe is for 1 person.
I put all the ingredients in a saucepan. Then, I bring them to the boil and then simmer them for 5 to 10 minutes until the mixture takes on a thick creamy consistency. I mix in more water or milk if the porridge becomes too thick.
Then I add one or more of the following, depending on what I’ve got to hand and what mood I’m in and how hungry I am etc.
I must say I prefer to have my oats cooked with whole milk. Just water or skimmed milk doesn’t cut it for me. Sometimes I have my porridge as a bedtime feast. I usually put in more milk then. A full cup of milk rather than mixing the milk with water.
Since I discovered that I could eat oatmeal raw, I’ve developed another tasty way of using it.
I blend in half a cup of oatmeal into my usual smoothies. I do that whenever I need the smoothie effect to last longer before I get hungry again.
Of course, there are other ways to use oats. I’m just telling you how I like to eat them.
For example, Isabel from Diet Solution Program likes her oatmeal cooked with eggs.
You can find her eggy porridge recipe here.
I tried it. It’s a very nutritious meal. But I have to say it’s not my favourite taste. You might like it, though. Your taste is most probably quite different from mine.
There you go. I hope you’ll find the right oats and enjoy trying out these different ways of eating them.
If you have your own favourite oat recipes, please share them here. :-)