Make heart-healthy oats a part of your day, morning, noon, or night.
I eat oatmeal for breakfast every single morning. I have become accustomed to it and it welcomes me like a warm comforting friend. It is extremely filling and I find that I can go hours before I feel hungry again. And with the plethora of ways to jazz it up, oatmeal never gets boring. So why limit something so wonderful to only breakfast time? Breakfast for dinner is quite popular and fun for families. It’s usually easy to prepare and most ingredients you already have on hand. Besides, your body is looking for a food source that provides nourishment, it doesn’t care which category that food source “should” fall under. And oatmeal is one food source that provides quite an amount of nourishment.
Oats are a well-known whole grain that provides a great amount of soluble fiber which has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol and blood glucose levels. However, recent research also shows that oatmeal possesses antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Growing research also indicates oatmeal has a positive effect on digestion and gut health and it may improve our immune system by protecting against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Needless to say, there are many reasons why we should consider consuming oats for not only breakfast, but other meals throughout the day. Think outside the box when it comes to preparation. Increase your protein consumption by adding a tablespoon of natural peanut butter or almond butter, chia seeds, or unsweetened coconut flakes. Oats can be grinded up into oat flour which can be used in baked goods or to coat chicken or fish. The possibilities (and health outcomes) are endless!
Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats
(Yields 1 serving)
½ cup of rolled oats
1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
1 medium banana (Bananas add natural sweetness, so no need for added sugar!)
1 cup of strawberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
Recommended: 1 tbsp hemp powder (You can omit this, but it adds good protein!)
12-oz mason jar with a lid
Mix it all up in the jar, cover it and let it sit overnight in the fridge. It will be ready to enjoy in the morning!