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5 Reasons You Should Eat Oats Daily
Did you know that oats are considered a superfood? Not me! Not until I watched a video that had 5-7 plant-based doctors saying that they consume oatmeal daily.
Side Note: Please know that I do NOT like that they name-call people in the video as “idiots & fat”. We can educate with kindness & compassion, folks.
So, it made me look into oatmeal a little more in-depth. OK OK…so I went down an oatmeal-paved rabbit hole…who cares? LOL
In this week’s blog article, I am going to share 5 reasons why you should eat oats daily and share my recipe for plant-based oatmeal with you. Yeehaw!!
#1 Easy & Affordable
Right out of the gate, I am giving you a twofer here. LOL
What’s great about oats is that they are easy to make & affordable to eat daily.
In 2017, I was eating oats daily to help with my gut & cholesterol health. I drove home to Texas, and I took my oats & organic cinnamon with me because I knew that I could get access to hot water rather easily while traveling.
This saved me from buying 8 breakfast meals from a restaurant or convenience store. The bag of organic, certified gluten-free oats I took with me was only $7 at the store (to have it delivered is a bit more at $12-14)!
Not to mention, I still had oats left over after arriving back home from my trip!
It’s been since 2017 since I have eaten oats daily. So, I will be consuming oats daily for the entire month of June so that I can report back to you about any benefits or progress that takes place.
I am thrilled to report any findings with you in July.
#2 Heal Your Gut
Sadly, throughout this entire CoVid crisis not many medical professionals are expressing the importance of healing your gut & strengthening your immune system.
Approximately 70% of your immune system resides in your gut. That means that we MUST take care of our gut health.
There is a gut-healing gel that is activated when liquid is mixed with oats called beta-glucan. Not to mention, a serving of oats contains 8 grams of healthy fiber.
Consuming a fiber-rich diet will not only help in healing your gut, but it can also help to improve other chronic diseases.
With beta-glucan coating your gut with that gel-like substance, the “gel” can promote healing of your leaky gut. Then, the fiber can help keep the intestines flowing properly.
That means that consuming oatmeal can be an awesome remedy for constipation.
- 1 tsp Organic Cinnamon divided by 2 (servings)
- 2 tbsp Organic Plant Milk unsweetened/unflavored divided by 2
- 1/2 cup Organic Berries (pick your favorite berry or use an assortment) divided by 2
- 1 Organic Banana divided by 2
- 2 tbsp Slivered Almonds divided by 2
- 2 tbsp Organic Chia Seeds divided by 2
- 1-2 tsp So Nourished Monkfruit Sweetener (powdered sugar substitute) divided by 2
- Add the filtered water & pinch of salt to a pot. Let the water come to a boil, then add in the oats.
- Stir consistently & heat until the oats are tender (approximately 4-5 minutes).
- Grab 2 bowls & divide the oats between the 2 bowls. Then, add 1 tbsp of plant milk to both bowls. Stir it well. Let the oats stand for about 60-120 seconds.
- Thinly slice a banana. Use 1/2 a banana for each bowl. Fan the banana out on one side of the bowl. Then, add 1/4 cup of berries to both bowls.
- Next, add the slivered almonds to each bowl. After that, add the chia seeds to both bowls. Lastly, add a touch of So Nourished's Monkfruit Powdered Sugar substitute. Enjoy!
#3 May Improve Glucose Control In Type 2 Diabetes
In this study, type 2 diabetics had a daily intake of oats & saw better glucose levels after eating oats than they did consuming their control meal.
Also, oatmeal has a low-glycemic index naturally…given we don’t add refined sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, or any other syrup to the mix.
We can use natural sweeteners like Stevia and monkfruit to sweeten our oatmeal recipes with zero glycemic index.
Another great way to sweeten your oatmeal is to use organic dates. These have a nice sort of caramel flavor and because dates are a fruit, they contain fiber.
Fiber is wonderful at slowing down the absorption of sugar/glucose.
#4 It’s Filling & Satisfying
In America, food portions are so large that when we order food at restaurants, they serve that food on a PLATTER & not a plate.
It has caused us to over-eat and expect these larger portions each meal-time.
I will say that I have been guilty of over-eating lately due to 2020 being a year of stress, loss, and concern for the future. I’m pretty sure that you can relate.
CoVid is enough for anyone, but losing our Daphne Rose in January set off a whirlwind of life changes that we weren’t prepared for.
Since I have noticed that I am feeling quite hungry in the mornings, which is new for me, I feel that oatmeal is a good solution to keeping me full & satisfied until the next mealtime.
Therefore, I am going to consume oats either in my smoothie or as a brekkie cereal every day during the month of June to see what health benefits I will see.
#5 Lower Your LDL
High cholesterol is pretty common here in the US. It’s also a contributing factor to heart disease, the leading cause of death globally.
That means that we need to address our cholesterol levels diligently & consistently.
This article, by Harvard Medical, says this:
Compared with the control diets, whole-grain diets lowered total cholesterol levels by an average of 4.6 points. Diets featuring oats proved to be slightly superior, dropping cholesterol levels by 6.5 points, on average.
According to this article by Cleveland Medical, eating 1.5 cups a day can lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) level by 5-8%.
So, when we do an all-in approach, we would use supplements like red yeast rice, eat no trans fats, reduce or omit saturated fats, add in Omega 3 rich foods like walnuts & flaxseeds, exercise, greatly reduce or omit alcohol consumption, stop smoking, and eat a bowl of oats every day…we can enjoy better “bad cholesterol (LDL)” scores rather quickly.
What’s awesome is that eating oats doesn’t lower your good cholesterol levels! YEEHAW!
Oatmeal has long been in healthy diets. However, we need to understand that companies like Quaker have been in the press these last few years because their products have high levels of glyphosate being detected.
I like to opt for organic oats and get the gluten-free certification to reduce the risks of pesticides & gluten cross-contamination causing health issues.
Also, if you’re getting the packages of instant oatmeal that’s flavored…you’re looking at refined sugar, HFCS, agave nectar, flavors, fillers, dyes, and/or anti-caking agents being added into your oats.
We just don’t need that junk in our bodies. Therefore, opt for the least processed options like steel-cut or rolled oats.
Consuming oats can help many aspects of our health and can be downright delicious if we add the right ingredients.
For the entire month of June, I am going to consume oats on a daily basis to see what progress (if any) I feel/see in my overall health. You’re welcome to join in!
I will be following up with a new article about oatmeal & my findings during the month of July. See you then for that follow-up.
Are you going to join me?!?