What makes oats a healthy food choice?
Everyone knows that oatmeal is an excellent breakfast option, but what exactly makes oats a healthy food choice? Whole grain oats are packed with nutrition and are considered to be amongst one of the healthiest grains on Earth. Here are some of the benefits of oats:
Rich in dietary fiber
Reduces blood cholesterol level
Low in calories; excellent for weight management
Keeps you fuller for longer
Reduces risk of heart disease
Balances blood sugar levels
Rich in antioxidants
Can help reduce constipation
- Can lower risk of cancer
Ayurvedic Oatmeal Recipe
Servings: 2 | Time: 35 minutes
- 1 cup steel-cut oats (can be mixed or replaced with buckwheat groats)
- 3 cups of water
- 2 dried figs, chopped
- 3-4 dates, pitted and chopped (can replace with 1 banana or 10-15 raisins)
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tsp ghee (can be replaced with coconut oil)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp tahini or any nut butter
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- Pinch of ginger
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Honey to taste
In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat. Add the steel cut oats and fruit.
Cook the oats over low heat for 30 minutes keeping the saucepan partially covered to avoid overflow.
Remove from heat and add in the spices, tahini/ nut butter, coconut and ghee. Stir until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
As soon as the oats have cooled, add honey if desired. Enjoy!
In Ayurveda, ojas is known as the biological energy which determines our energy, vitality, longevity, and immunity. During autumn and winter, the Vata dosha has a tendency to increase, which drains the body_Ñés ojas and leaves one feeling exhausted and depleted of energy. For the upcoming cooler months, this oatmeal recipe is the perfect solution to pacify your Vata. The added combination of spices and fruits fortifies the oatmeal with vitamins and minerals, which will boost your energy levels, immunity and vitality.