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I love ‘Oats for breakfast – be it overnight oats or a warm 3-minute oats porridge and so does my family. One of the most important aspects of getting a productive day is to have a positive start to your mornings. And one of the foundations of a positive start is eating a good breakfast.
Usually, we try to get as many varieties of breakfasts throughout the week as we possibly can. Especially during holidays, we try to have something different every morning. One day it can be an elaborate English breakfast and another day it can be a healthy bowl of vegetable poha. However, during work and school days breakfast has to be whizzed up real quick. You know, how hectic mornings can get on those days! That’s where oats have come to rescue, time and again! It is a healthy alternative to many other kinds of cereal which are full of refined sugar.
Why Oats for Breakfast?
Breakfast oats are a healthy way to start the day for following reasons
- keeps you fuller for longer
- quick and easy to prepare in the morning, hence less stress
- goes well with any fruit of your choice hence gives you your dose of 5 a day
- can be prepared overnight or hot in the morning or as a smoothie
How is Oats a healthy alternative?
Oats are one of the healthiest grain that you can eat on this earth. They have many good properties which makes them an excellent addition to your healthy diet
- Oats are high in fibre and protein compared to other grains. It has a soluble fibre beta-glucan, which makes you feel fuller for longer. This quality of oats makes it a great food in helping weight loss.
- They are rich in many powerful antioxidants
- Oats can improve blood sugar control thus a good for diabetes diet
- Oats may help relieve constipation.
- They gluten-free
What are the different Types of Oats?
Types of oats depends of the way they are processed. More processed it is, more easily it gets cooked. Whole grain oats or oat kernels are made up of the germ, endosperm and the bran.
- Oat groats: This is the whole cleaned oats with only the loose, inedible husk removed. This is the least processed form. This is the least processed of the rest types of oats.
- Steel-cut Oats: Also known as Irish oats are made by cutting the wholegrain oats into 2 to 3 smaller pieces using steel blades. These have a coarse texture and is chewier when cooked and have longer soaking and cooking times. Steel-cut oats are higher in fibre content.
- Scottish Oats: These are stone-ground oat groats into a meal. This creates a porridge-like texture when cooked.
- Rolled oats: Also called old fashioned oats, these are made by steaming and rolling the oat kernels rather than cutting with a blade. These are then dried to remove excess moisture and increase shelf life. The texture is creamy and much smoother than steel-cut oats. Cooking time is much less than steel-cut oats. Although both steel-cut and rolled oats are equal in their nutritional value, the fibre content is higher in steel-cut oats.
- Instant Oats: These are also called quick oats and as the name suggests takes less time to cook. Oat groats are steamed for a longer period and then rolled into thinner pieces. This helps absorb water easily and cook quickly.
You can get the Basic recipe for Oats Porridge in our post
You can skip the peanut butter completely or add any other nut butter to give variety in taste and texture.
Oats with Raspberry Milk
I normally use skimmed milk, but any other plant-based milk such as almond, soy or oats will work well too. Adding raspberry to the milk gives a lovely pink hue to the porridge.
I couldn’t think of a more cheerful title than this. I find the raspberries a bit tart for my liking especialy for my breakfast and this way it makes my life a bit more sweet! And the oats porridge looks and tastes delicious.
Oats with Raspberry Milk
- Microwavable Bowl and Cereal Bowls
- 3 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 cup skimmed milk or any plant-based milk
- 10 raspberries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 5 pecan nuts
- honey to drizzle
- Whizz half of the raspberries with the milk in a blender till it turns a smooth, light pink hue.
- Pour the milk into a microwaveable bowl and add 3 tbsp oats. Mix well.
- Add the chia seeds and raisins and stir.
- Pop the bowl into the microwave and cook for 1½ minute. Stir once.
- Microwave for another 1½ minute.
- Remove, drizzle honey and mix well. Top with rest of the raspberries and pecan nuts.
- Enjoy this warm, colourful, healthy and delicious oats breakfast!
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