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Published on: 02 Apr 2017 by healthycookingtips
A bowl of oats (also known as porridge) in the morning for breakfast is a great, healthy way to start the day. But why stop there? Oats make a delicious afternoon pick-me-up or a late night treat when hunger pangs kick in. A bag of oats sitting in the drawer at the office is a good idea too. Pop half a cup in a mug with some water, give it a whirl in the microwave for a minute and hey presto, a quick meal in a cup. Just add some milk and dried fruit. And if you place the cup on this terrific Slateplate more info on see this link https://www.slateplate.com/products/slate-cheese-board in addition to satisfying your hunger it will also improve your mood for the rest of the day.
Another benefit of eating oats is that they are cheap. Don’t buy any fancy named commercial brands. Just a plain wrapper, generic bag of oats or quick cooking oats will do (the quick variety have been chopped up with steel blades). At a cost of around $1.50 (Australian currency) a kilo, a 60 gram serve, or half cup of dried oats, works out to cost around 10 cents.
The Health Benefits of Eating Oats
There is nothing added to plain oats, unlike the commercial brands of breakfast cereals that are high in sugar and salt, and backed up with million dollar advertising campaigns. Oats are just simply oats.
The health benefits are awesome. Thiamine, iron, folate and vitamin E. Oats contain 10 grams of fibre per 100 grams, and 16 grams of protein for the same quantity. The fibre in oats can also help reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream. What’s there not to like?
But wait, there’s more! Oats – especially the steel blade cut oats – are the original fast food. They absorb water quickly and so can turn out a breakfast or snack in no-time.
How to Cook Oats
There are two main ways to cook oats.
The Stove Top Method.
? The most traditional way is the stove top method. Simply place half a cup of cooking oats in a saucepan with approximately ¾ cup of water or milk. Bring to a boil and stir for approximately two minutes. Remove contents into a breakfast bowl.
? The Microwave Method.
? In a breakfast bowl place half a cup of oats with ¾ cup of water or milk in a microwave on high for approximately sixty to seventy seconds.
? Soaking Method.
? Oats absorb water easily and quickly, and so can be ‘cooked’ straight in the bowl by simply adding hot water. Place half a cup of oats (quick-cooking oats work best for this method) in a bowl. Pour in ¾ cup of boiled water and allow to sit for approximately 3 minutes. Fluff up with a fork or spoon and add milk and fruit.
How to Make Oats Spectacular to Taste
Once the oats have been cooked, it’s now time to have some fun. If the oats have been cooked in water (an excellent method, as it reduces the calorie and fat intake), simply add some milk on top.
What the oat eater adds to their bowl depends on personal taste. The most common addition is chopped banana and honey. Dried fruit can also be added to this mix. Or why not try a tablespoon of desiccated coconut for a more tropical flavour.
Stewed apples, pear or apricots also make for an excellent addition. For the more decadent, a dollop of cream can make an especially delectable serving of oats.
For those interested in a more aromatic bowl of oats, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg. Brown sugar also adds an excellent flavour.
There is really no limit to what can be added to a bowl of cooked oats. But beware, eating oats can become embarrassingly addictive!
You may find yourself eating them morning, noon and night.A half-cup of cooking oats contains 200 calories.
A half cup of low-fat milk contains approximately 60 calories. A small, 100 gram banana contains 60 calories.