A Fresh Take: OatsJanuary 30, 2019 0 By Stevie Winsborrow
It’s National Oatmeal Month! How do you like yours?
Oats are a very healthy grain. They are a good source of heart healthy fiber, as well as many vitamins and minerals. The antioxidants in oats also contribute to heart health by lowering blood pressure, as shown in research studies. It is these antioxidants, along with the fiber, that contributes to weight loss, balanced blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels. They are gluten free (just check the label to make sure they aren’t processed on the same equipment as wheat if you are Celiac). Ground oats applied externally can even be good for your skin!
The most common types of oats are whole oat groats, steel cut oats, Scottish oats (stone ground), and old-fashioned rolled oats. While quick/instant oatmeal can be quicker, they are lower in fiber than the others. For a quick bowl of oatmeal, rolled oats really do not take much longer. In fact, did you know that you can make oatmeal in your rice cooker? You can place your oats and any dry flavorings (cinnamon, nuts, etc) in the rice cooker the night before. In the morning, add your liquid, turn it on, and go on about your morning routine. By the time you are ready for breakfast, it’s waiting for you!
Ok so we know about oatmeal for breakfast, and using oatmeal in baked goods such as muffins, cookies, breads and fruit crisps, but have you ever had your oatmeal in a SAVORY dish?
You can make a savory bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and top it with an egg and any other savory condiments you like. Use as a substitute for grits if you are corn sensitive; you can even make them cheesy! For dinner, try making risotto, or cook up some steel cut oats for a rice-like side dish. One thing I have done recently is to use oats as a gluten free substitute for barley. Here is my recipe for a mushroom “barley” soup, perfect for a cold winter’s evening! (And FYI, It’s also National Soup Month!)
About The Author
Stevie Winsborrow is a professional chef, functional and integrative nutritionist and holistic health coach, as well as a licensed massage therapist, reiki healer, published author, TV and radio personality and Editor In Chief of Align Body & Soul magazine. You can find recipes, health articles, videos, podcasts and more at her website chefstevie.com and on facebook.