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Oats could be considered one of the most underappreciated superfoods today, but it has so many benefits we promise it’s worth paying attention to!
Not only can oats help to lower blood sugar and reduce cholesterol, but they’re also rich with antioxidants and nutrients–phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. If that’s not enough, they are also packed with fiber which aids in appetite control by increasing your feeling of fullness. This can be very beneficial if weight loss is a goal.
Plus, oats also have healing properties when used topically! Colloidal oatmeal–which are finely ground oats–are commonly used to soothe dry and itchy skin.
Adding Oats to Your Diet
So, how can you add more oats into your diet? It’s actually not difficult at all. When you think of oats, your mind probably jumps to the image of a lumpy bowl of hot oatmeal at the breakfast table. But nowadays there are so many uses for this ingredient. For instance, did you know that oat flour is now a readily available flour in many markets? It’s great because it makes incorporating oats into your daily diet so easy. Here are a few ideas how to make oats a regular part of your routine:
- Shake up your breakfast with some delicious banana chocolate chip muffins. The best part about this recipe is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze them individually. Just defrost one overnight, and breakfast is ready when you wake up!
- You can even sneak oats into your lunch and dinner meals! Adding oats into a simple meatloaf recipe as a binding agent instead of the traditional method of breadcrumbs, which are made using processed white flour, is a great healthy swap. Give this turkey meatloaf a try!
- If you’re on the go, another great way to incorporate oats into your meals is through a smoothie or parfait. A combination of fresh fruits and this hearty ingredient can offer a quick, tasty treat that fuels your day. Make one in the morning or swing by your local Edible Arrangements® store to pick one up during your travels.
So what do you think? Are you willing to give oats a try? Comment below with how you plan to incorporate this grain into your diet.