One of the many reasons I love oats so much is because of the versatility and simplicity. They take no longer than 5 minutes to make, and can be eaten either savory or sweet (I usually opt for sweet). Not to mention they are super good for you!! Oats contain dietary fiber, which is great for digestive health. It encourages the movement of material through your digestive system, thus helping you become more regular and helping with issues of constipation. Fiber also keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time. One cup of oats contains 8.2 grams of fiber, which is a huge amount!! The recommended fiber intake for adults is 25-35 grams. Having just one serving of oats can greatly help you reach your fiber intake for the day.
If you’re like myself and have a gluten sensitivity, oats should be okay for you, but there is a chance of cross contamination. So for gluten free dieters, eat oats with caution and try having a small serving at first. If it doesn’t bother your stomach then they should be all set to consume.
Having oats will help you meet your fiber goals, keep you full, and fuel you through your morning. Try some of the recipes below! 😊
I like to keep my oats relatively simple and full of nutrients. I always include 1 serving of fruit, and a healthy fat. Get creative with your oats, and try something new!
1. Banana Oats- 1/2-1 cup oats, 1 banana, 2 tbsp raisins, 1 tbsp coconut shreds, 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup, 1 tbsp Nut butter
2. Apple Pie Oats- 1/2-1 cup oats, 1 apple, 2 tbsp raisins, 1 tbsp coconut shreds, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp applesauce, 1 tbsp Nut butter, cinnamon to taste