The ultimate comfort food that can be granola-fied...
made into a satisfying snack to go...
or a simple sidekick to eggs in the morning...
Whether you make them sweet or savory, rolled oats are one of the cheapest and most versatile ingredients you can keep in your kitchen.
So do yourself a favor and get on it!
Your taste buds and hot bod will thank you.
Health benefits of rolled oats (i'm not talking instant, people) include:
- Reducing your risk of heart disease by lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Thank you, soluble fiber!
- They're a great source of insoluble fiber which contains cancer-fighting properties and keeps your system movin' right along.
- Since they're "slow release carbohydrates," they're great for maintaining blood sugar levels and serve as the perfect muscle building fuel for all your mini meat heads in training out there.
In honor of my love for the little grain, I spent a large portion of my day preparing it in a couple different forms.
First? A perfect breakfast for this uber-chilly, central heat-less LA morning at home...
(another thing that's so great about raw oats: you can add almost ANYTHING and they'll taste fabulous)
Into the saucepan went:
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 dollop of pumpkin puree
1 sliced banana
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbs protein powder
1 1/2 Tbs flax meal
Bring to a boil while stirring, then reduce heat and watch pot carefully- stir often.
Pour into bowl and revel in the season-appropriate orange tint...
Then add nut of choice or whatever your heart desires... (brown sugar is delightful)
They kept me warm and full throughout a grueling workout and then some.
This afternoon, my second- albeit lackluster- attempt came in the form of:
Muesli Granola Bars
from this recipe on Kath's blog.