This week’s grain to love is OATS!
Hubby and I enjoy our warm bowls of oatmeal on cold winter days and it is a healthy and filling way to start your day! We often add a fruit like apples, blueberries or strawberries, then top it off with nuts or raisins and of course you can add healthy fat like almond butter and sweeten to taste with local maple syrup and cinnamon. Make it your own!
What are Oats?
Oats (Avena sativa) are a soft grain. In their pure, organic state they are a gluten-free grain. However, the main reason that people with sensitivities or allergies to gluten should still buy gluten-free oats is because of contamination. There are various stages in the life of this grain where it can come into contact with gluten grains including growing, transport and processing. But for a person with a healthy digestive system, regular whole oats are great!
How to Cook With Oats
You can use whole oats by toasting them in granola, raw in cereals for breakfast, or cooked for oatmeal. Oatmeal is among the healthier breakfast cereals; its high amount of complex carbohydrate provides sustained energy. Oat flour is good in breads, oatmeal cookies, and oat bran is a good substitute for wheat bran, especially for those sensitive to wheat.
Good News Nutrition Points
Oats are 10-15% protein and provide a source of fiber as well as a mixture of B vitamins. They have a modest level of folic acid, niacin and a decent amounts of iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, calcium and copper. Oat bran used regularly may help lower cholesterol levels and recent cardiovascular research supports the use of oats for heart health. So let’s keep Joyfully Eating our oats!
Have a wonderful day full of JoyFull Eating!
Jennifer Levitan, C.H.N.C. is a Northern Ontario based Holistic Nutritional Consultant specializing in a simplified approach to healthy eating. With a focus on delicious, whole, local and sustainable foods, Jennifer empowers her clients to make practical nutrition choices for optimal health and a life of JoyFull Eating!
Jennifer Levitan, ARCT, ORMT, C.H.N.C. is a Northern Ontario based Holistic Nutritional Consultant specializing in a simplified approach to healthy eating. With a focus on delicious, whole, local and sustainable foods, Jennifer empowers her clients to make practical nutrition choices for optimal health. Jennifer earned a diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2018 and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Science.