Oats - common horse food or 'fodder' but it is one of my favorite foods and something that I eat everyday without fail. There is something about hot porridge in the Winter and bircher in the Summer.
Now, horse food or not, oats are FULL of goodness and nutrients! Something our Grandmothers may not have told us, but we were made to eat them anyway.
Oats are rich in Thiamine (B1), Iron and dietary fiber. Fiber is useful in dropping cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Whole oats are also the only source of an anti-oxidant compounds called avenathramides which help to protect the circulatory system. They also help to control blood sugar levels and may even help to stimulate the immune system to fight off bacterial infections.
So - old fashioned, or not - this little beauty of a food source is one for everyone of every age, shape and size!
We recommend soaking your oats anything from 10 mins to overnight - this helps to release the goodness out of the oats, and makes it easier for the stomach to break down. Don't add sugar folks - if anything at all, add honey.
I often have mine with a couple pieces of seasonal fruit and of course a 1TBS of Bestow Beauty oil (www.bestowbeauty.co.nz) - YUMMY! It fills me, gives me energy and keeps me going throughout the morning.
Going back to toast or muesli now for breakfast, is something that I cannot see happening!!
Eat oats and enjoy!