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What could be better for you than a big piping hot bowl of oatmeal! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and my favorite meal. I have oats several times a week. You can prepare them in the microwave or on the stove in a matter of minutes for a hot, nutritious breakfast. Did you know you can actually bathe in oats? If you like smoothies, add a handful to your blender. They don’t have to be cooked, just throw them in to add another healthy benefit to your breakfast drink.
Oats are a great source of fiber and healthy carbohydrates. They are low in calories, too. One cup of oats has only 130 calories. Oats are believed to curb your appetite because they stay in your stomach longer than lots of other foods giving you a feeling of fullness. I love to add different kinds of berries, raisins, nuts and almond milk to my morning bowl of oats.
Dr. Oz says oats are good for insomnia and a good snack to have before bedtime. Oats are believed to lower cholesterol, reduce high blood sugar and be a natural antidepressant. Oats contain plant lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer. Oats are one of the foods that doctors recommend for acid reflux and digestive disorders. Oats are an excellent source of copper, manganese, zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin E and magnesium. These nutrients are essential in improving your immune system and for protection against disease.
Oats do contain gluten called avenin but it’s different from the gluten found in wheat. Some people with Celiac disease can tolerate the gluten found in oats but you can buy gluten free oats, too.
Oats can be added to many recipes to make them more nutritious. I have added oats to meatloaf and hamburgers for years. Children love oatmeal cookies and oat bread is delicious. Use oats as thickener in sauces and soups. Try adding a handful to pancake batter.
Oats are good to exfoliate your skin. Just add a handful of oats to some warm water until you have a paste. Apply to face and neck and leave on for about 10 minutes. Wash your face and pat dry. You can add honey and oils to the mixture if you want and grind the oats but I have found just oats and water work well, too. I do use the minute or quick-cooking oats for this because they are more finely ground than the rolled oats. The paste is good for itchy, dry, irritated skin from poison ivy, insect bites, sunburn, psoriasis and allergies, too.
Try bathing in oats for dry skin as well. Grind a cup of rolled oats in the food processor or blender to make a fine powder and add to warm bath water. If you don’t want to add the ground up oats directly to the water, use a mesh bag or a sock and hold under the warm water until the bath water turns milky. Do not add soap or other bath oils and such to the water. Soak for about 15 minutes and pat yourself dry.
I am by no means an authority on oats but do love them for cooking, eating and their nutritional value. Do your own research and find out what is best for you and your health.
Check out my recipe for Honey Oat Bread.
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