Oatmeal is one of the healthiest cereals on the market. It has a lot of properties that are great for your health: it gives you energy, provides you with your daily dose of fiber, and regulates your nervous system. Check out the following article to learn about a few creative ways to eat oatmeal every day without even realizing it. Try out these easy and delicious recipes and start reaping the benefits of oatmeal today!
Benefits of oatmeal
- Regulates blood sugar levels.
- Reduces arterial hypertension and cholesterol.
- Has diuretic properties that help you eliminate excess liquids.
- Is a great laxative.
- Gives you lots of energy and fights off fatigue.
- Increases your libido.
- Is a very satiating food.
- Regulates the nervous system, making it ideal for people who suffer from stress and anxiety.
A full breakfast
As we mentioned above, oatmeal gives you lots of energy, meaning that one of the best times of day to consume this food is in the morning. It will help you start your day with energy, and keep you from feeling hungry until lunchtime. We recommend the following full breakfast:
- Two tablespoons of raw ground oats, or oats left to soak overnight.
- One cup of natural yogurt.
- One tablespoon of honey.
- One handful of nuts or seeds.
- One handful of dried fruits (prunes, raisins or figs).
Mix all of these ingredients together and decorate your breakfast with a bit of cocoa powder.
This is the name of a recipe that is somewhat like rice pudding, but the English version uses oatmeal instead of rice. This dish is not only healthier than rice pudding, but more filling. You can have it for breakfast, as a snack, or a while after performing intense physical or mental activity.
Boil one cup of milk (you could also use an oatmeal-based beverage) with three tablespoons of oat flakes and a stick of cinnamon. Let this mixture cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. With this quick and simple method, you will be preparing the foundation for a very nutritious dish that you can complement with fresh fruit. You can also sweeten it with brown sugar, honey, or agave syrup.
Oatmeal is the perfect food to add to your vegetable purées, because it will make them more filling and creamier. It’s a great substitute for potato, cheese or heavy cream that people tend to add to their purées, thus making it filling, but light.
Add one tablespoon of oat flakes to the vegetables per person and then blend the entire mixture. You can also add the pre-ground flakes to the purée when you are serving it so that you can measure the thickness.
The most creative, tasty way to use oatmeal is the following: use ground oatmeal as breading instead of bread crumbs or flour. You can use completely ground oatmeal, or even leave full flakes; another option is to mix the oatmeal with seeds to give it a unique touch. We recommend trying, for example, a few slices of baked eggplant breaded with full oatmeal flakes.
These recipes will be juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
With this recipe, you won’t even realize that you’re consuming oatmeal. This recipe is perfect for people who are lactose intolerant or who don’t digest milk well, and also for those who have skin problems or excess mucus, because plant-based milks use vegetable or cereal products instead of cow’s milk, but still allow you to enjoy that wonderful texture. Plus, they’re super easy to prepare!
Mix one tablespoons of oatmeal flakes with a cup of room-temperature water and stir for about one minute, or until the water turns white. Drain the oats and sweeten the remaining liquid to taste.
You can drink this beverage hot or cold, just like you would cow’s milk, and you can also use it to cook with. If you want to use it as a substitute for heavy cream, just use more oatmeal and less water and leave a bit of the oatmeal in the liquid. This is definitely a much lighter, healthier way to make your everyday dishes while giving them a unique flavor.