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Oat Cuisine

By Fiona Breslin
Oats, one of the planet’s most common grains, offer uncommon nutrition. But not all oats are equal. Steel cut and whole grain rolled oats are lean sources of carbohydrates, low on the glycemic index, and high in heart-healthy essential nutrients, with 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per cup. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) reports that diets that include whole grains support healthy digestion, weight control, blood cholesterol, and provide all-important energy during and following cancer treatment.
Oats also help bolster the immune system and protect against the risk of colorectal cancer. This pantry standby is an excellent source of thiamine, phosphorus, and selenium. Whether eaten as porridge or as part of a healthy shake, oatmeal is also touted as a food for longevity.

Ann’s Tips

Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast.  It’s a valuable food, densely packed with nutrients, and a source of energy built to last. Always buy plain oatmeal and add your own flavor with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, ½ a grated apple or other fresh fruit, or some toasted nuts.  For convenience, you can prepare steel cut oats or rolled oats the evening before and re-heat them in the morning. Remember, while instant oats take less time to prepare than steel cut or whole grain rolled oats, they are often packed with added sugar, sodium, and preservatives that counteract oatmeal’s healthy properties, so before you buy, always check nutrition labels.

Recipe Tips

For a simple oatmeal breakfast recipe with added nuts and fruit try Cook for Your Life’s, Healthy Fruity Oatmeal. We also love our dairy free oatmeal cookie with a tropical twist, Oatmeal and Date Cookies. Chock full of dates, walnuts and coconut, they couldn’t be easier to make or more delightful to eat.



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