Monday, May 11, 2015

Day 2042 - Rolled Oats

When it's winter, it's all about the porridge.

There is no doubting that rolled oats makes the ultimate winter breakfast.  But getting oats into you isn't just about warmth and comfort, it can also keep the body healthy and slim.

Oats contain beta-glucans which slows down the absorption of carbs into the bloodstream.  According to "this slower digestion prevents spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels that would otherwise encourage our bodies to produce and store fat".

Oats are also rich in magnesium. This is good for energy, preventing heart attacks and strokes, regulating blood pressure, reducing risk of type 2 diabetes and some clinical data even suggests magnesium could help with depression.

To do oats the traditional way you need to soak the oats overnight in water before you cook them. For us it's easier to pop to the supermarket and buy a box of Uncle Toby's.  Better still, grab the sachets that only take 90 seconds in the microwave.  My favourite is the "hi fibre with oat and linseed fibre".

I like to top my porridge with seeds and sultanas.  The seeds are packed with protein, fibre, iron, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.  Sultanas have good stuff in them including B1, B2 and various minerals.

I'll also cut up a few strawberries if they're in season.  They're packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, phytochemicals, potassium, fibre and folate.

Finally, I'll add honey. Over four thousand years ago honey was consumed as a traditional ayurvedic medicine where it was thought to treat imbalances in the body. It was also used to treat wounds. While honey is a sweetener the good news is it takes longer to digest than table sugar which means more sustainable energy with a low to medium GI. Honey is also great in treating coughs, it kills germs, is an anti-inflammatory, can help with digestive problems and has great phenolic compounds which means it has a potent antioxidant that can protect against cancer and rheumatoid diseases.  Manuka honey is the big thing in honey right now with trials in cancer research.

So there you have it.  Porridge isn't just about warmth, comfort and tradition.  It's also damn good for you!


  1. I love them on a cold chilly morning! Are they still good for me if I have the instant microwave ones...? Please say yes!

    1. I say yes. I do instant microwave too. So let's say yes together...


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