A little oat-ducation - learning all about oats!

With its nutty flavour and versatile texture, oats are the little grain that performs way beyond a basic pantry staple. These days though, oats are making a come back. Not only are they packed with goodness but their versatility deserves praise far beyond a winter ingredient. At Amazin’ Graze, oats are the essence for majority of our products. We combine the goodness and versatility so you can enjoy the benefits. So let’s talk about it.

Benefits of oats

Can lower your cholesterol
Oats are packed of fibre but more specifically, beta-glucan. Beta-Glucan is a type of fibre that helps lower bad cholesterol. This is particularly beneficial for Malaysians given that many local dishes have very high cholesterol and thus a reason why heart disease is the highest cause of death in Malaysia according to the World Life Expectancy.

Helps you feel fuller for long
The combination of oats being low in fat, high in fibre and a low glycaemic index (GI) means oats digest slowly in your body. This means, you will feel fuller for longer which can help weight management.

High in protein
Your body uses protein to build and repair itself. It is a vital building block for strong bones, muscles, skin and blood. Not to mention, your hair and nails are made of up mostly of protein. So if you want luscious locks then oats are for you!

A good source of carbohydrate
Most importantly, our body needs energy and we get energy through what we eat. Start to think of food like fuel for our system so you want to choose the right fuel for your body. The carbohydrates in oats are very low in sugars so are a great alternative for when you need that pick-me-up snack.

 

Inspire me!

Whether you are an energiser bunny and need a boost of protein, rushing out the door every morning so need a quick fix breakfast or looking for something that will fill you up till 1pm, give overnight oats a go.

Packed with all the goodness mentioned above, plus more from the chia and a little energy treat from the peanuts this recipe is a sure thing. Creamy, hearty, naturally sweet and super delicious!

Overnight Oats

Ingredients
1 ½ cups of milk of your choice – I used soymilk
1tbs chia seeds
1tbs maple syrup – honey will also work
2tbs raw peanut butter – I used Yo Good brand
1 ½ cups of oats

Method
In a large mug or glass combine the milk, chia seed, maple syrup and peanut butter until smooth. Pour in your oats and stir through until creamy and fully coated. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight or for a few hours until set. Delicious!

 

 

Tips & Tricks
Did you know that adding a cup of ground oats (oatmeal) to your bath can help soothe various skin conditions like eczema, sunburn and chickenpox?

While oats are naturally gluten free, there are many products on the shelf today that don’t claim to be gluten free as contamination with gluten during the growing process is common. If you have gluten intolerance, make sure you read the label carefully to ensure you are getting the right product for you.

Have a pet? Oats are a great natural product to feed your animals. Being cheap and full of nutrients for animal health why not give it a go? Mash some up with their current food or soak in milk or water for an afternoon treat!

There you go! Such a simple way to incorporate such a healthy ingredient into your diet.

Try the recipe out yourself !