There’s more to oats than oats porridge. In this series, we delve into the ins and outs of oats, a trending ingredient in modern healthy diets today.
While oats have been used in Western diets over the past few thousands of years, they became massively popularized over the last century. With a growing health consciousness globally, oats received a new resurgence over the last few decades.
To begin with, oats are incredibly high in soluble fiber - more so than any other grain. As soluble fiber dissolves in water, it produces a gel that helps you stay full longer. It also slows the absorption of glucose into your blood stream. Compared to many other carbs, you stay satiated longer.
Don’t miss out on the incredible benefits. We’ve shortlisted 5 easy oat snacks and dishes, ranging from the simple to the elaborate.
1. Overnight Oats
This is perfect for time starved people. Just pop in the fridge the night before, and you’re good to go the next morning. A huge benefit is that the oats taste like they’ve been cooked - a lot less coarse, and more thick & chewy.
This is Made Real's specialty. We make our granolas not just with oats, but up to 5 other healthy grains/seeds like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat. This not only increases the protein content of our granolas - it also enhances the crunch and taste! Opt for granola cookies for an easy, on-the-go snack or breakfast.
3. Oat-based Smoothies
Great for time-starved folks, oat-based smoothies can serve as a filling yet refreshing pick-me-up. It increases the carb and fiber content for smoothies, making it a great pre-workout snack for sustained energy release. We love this recipe which includes coffee - making it a simple, balanced brekkie!
4. Oats Muffins
Another wonderful on-the-go option! Protip: Prep this early in the week and freeze. Reheat each morning to start the day.
5. Oats Cookies
Best served as a dessert or occasional treat, oat cookies have an irreplicable, satisfying texture. Use quinoa or nut based flours for better macro results.