It seems the world has gone absolutely crazy over oats recently! They are literally everywhere, our breakfast, our snacks, smoothies, protein shakes, our face creams, we can’t seem to get enough of them. If you’re like me, you love a good bowl of porridge in the morning and it is the perfect breakfast to sustain you, keep the hunger away and is a great tasty wake me up solution. For others, it resembles the gruel that poor Oliver Twist ate and you just can’t stand the sight or smell of them (understandable).

But what is it about these oatalishiousness foods that we can’t seem to get enough of?

Well, first of all they are super easy to make! Whether you’re making your morning porridge or overnight oats you simply just add some milk or water, put a few toppings of your desire on and voila! Tasty central.

Apart from the practicality of the oats, they provide a key nutritional benefit to our diet, including things like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, vitamin B1 and B5. They are rich in carbs and fibre but also high in protein and fat. Basically, the bottom line is, they are just great for you, (in moderation, like everything of course)

Oats are also a great addition to healthy eating, diets and hunger cravings. Because of how nutritiously dense they are, they keep us feeling fuller for longer and therefore helping us to avoid the unhealthy snacking a lot of us tend to do out of boredom or hunger from not eating properly!

Oats contain something called beta-glucans, a soluble fibre that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This all sounds super confusing and technical I know, BUT in simple terms, it means that they can lower cholesterol levels in the blood, how crazy is that!

What have we concluded from this then? Well, that mushy bowel of porridge that really doesn’t appeal to some of you is actually extremely beneficial to our health.

So now you’re thinking that maybe you need to get into the craze? Start getting those oats into your diet? Well I’m going to give you a few options of how you can do this. Of course at the top of our list is to make a yummy bowel of porridge, to keep the calories down this can be made with water instead of milk, you can also add protein powder to your oats to help reach your daily protein intake. Another cheeky trick is to add a touch of cocoa powder to make chocolate oats (mind-blowing I know).

You can also add oats to your smoothies, yoghurts, make overnight oats to eat at work or on the tube in the morning. Oats are also a great before dinner snack and are proven to help sleep. Oatmeal bars can be made, along with healthy muffins, cookies and cakes.

All in all, oats are great and everyone should get on the hype. Do you agree? Are you a part of the oat club or is it totally not for you?

Oat and out!

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