Oats, as we all know, are filled with vital nutrients that are essential for the body. It is loaded with fibre, proteins, vitamins, manganese, phosphorous, copper, iron, zinc and other minerals. It has many health benefits like lowering blood sugar and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and hence it gained a reputation as a healthy food. Be it rolled or crushed, or flat flakes, it can be consumed as porridge, baked goods, bread, muesli, or granola and can be added to smoothies as well.
Dietician Archana advised to incorporate oats in the diet once every day. According to her, oats help in weight loss. If eaten with fruits daily, they can prove to be beneficial. They are also loaded with antioxidants which help with controlling diabetes and may reduce the risk of asthma in children as well.
Here’s how you can include oats in your diet-
Take any fruit of your choice, like strawberries, blueberries, avocado, or bananas. Add grounded oatmeal or oat flour, along with peanut butter or chocolate syrup. For sweetness, add honey or maple syrup. Next, add almond, soy, oat or cow milk and blend it. You can top it with some dry fruits for an extra punch of nutrition and for a crunchy texture. Or you can opt for chopped dates and chia seeds as garnish.
Replace your regular cereals like fruit loops, cornflakes or chocos with oats. Add milk and let it soak for some time. Add sugar, honey or jaggery powder to keep it healthy. You can top it off with chopped fruits like strawberries or bananas.
Oats flour in baked goods
In case you are craving a brownie or a cookie, you can simply switch the refined flour with oats flour. All you need to do is heat it up in a vessel properly. Once, it cools down, you can grind it into flour. Use it to bake cakes, cookies, brownies or breads as well. You can consider adding it to your pancakes or chilla as well.
We all know khichdi is healthy because of all the pulses and the spices it is cooked with. Instead of pulsed, take normal oats and add all the veggies that you love. You can add beans, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, potato, carrots, bell peppers, coriander leavem and mushrooms as well.