Let’s talk about oats, shall we? As a versatile whole grain, they can add a lot of nutrition to your plate and even make it easier to incorporate other nutrient-foods into your day. Take a simple bowl of oatmeal for example. Nuts and nut butters, seeds, fruit, and even veggies and lean proteins can be mixed in to your bowl. Its such an easy way to bring multiple foods together and enjoy a super hearty dish.
But oats on their own are also a nutrient powerhouse. As the infographic above explains, adding oats to your day can increase your fiber, magnesium and iron intake for the day. Oats also contain some of your B vitamins too.
Given the many different types of oats available, it may seem as though some may offer more nutritional benefit than others. In reality though, all types of oats provide pretty similar nutritional benefit. When it comes to instant oats; consider purchasing unflavored varieties. Flavored instant oatmeal packets can often have added sugar and ingredients that you may not necessarily want. If you are worried that plain oats will be too drab, no worries! Remember, its easy to add flavor and nutrition with all sorts of delicious ingredient add-ins!
Related: Oats of Steel
Personally, I’m a steel-cut oats type of girl. Sure, it takes a little bit longer to prepare, but I think its worth it. And a bowl isn’t the only place for your oats to go. Adding them to your favorite yogurt, topping off your favorite fruit and adding a dash of cinnamon, incorporating them into your homemade granola, or making those oh-so popular protein balls… really, the possibilities are endless!
So get ready to say “Oat My Gosh!” this month and do your heart a favor by giving oats a go. You may just find that incorporating oats into your day is a easy way to start creating more meals at home this year.
Do you enjoy oats? What’s your favorite way to incorporate them into your day?