Have you noticed how oats have become by far the most popular cereal? They are everywhere these days. Pinterest and Instagram are full of oats pictures, mostly overnight oats in cute little jars. There is a never-ending list of combinations and ideas on blogs everywhere and store shelves are full of oats and oatmeal in a million different versions.
But what is it really about this particular grain that made its popularity soar so much the last couple of years?
Oats are a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Do I need to say more? Probably not, but let’s break it down a little, ok?
Raw oats are 66% carbs, 17% protein, 7% fat. 66% carbs probably sound awful to those on a low-carb diet but 11 out of those 66g of carbs in a 100g serving are fiber and the rest is starch. There are no sugars. Most of the starch part is either digested slowly or resistant, which means it acts almost like fiber. That altogether brings the glycemic load of oats to a great 57! Of course, if your breakfast ends up being low-carb or not then depends on the things you decide you mix in.
Oats also contain quite a lot of manganese, phosphorus, copper, vitamins from the B family, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc.
Their unique composition is what brings an array of health benefits. What they’re most credit with is that they’re supposed to aid with symptoms of type 2 diabetes and that they lower cholesterol. Another great benefit is that they make you feel pretty full pretty quick and you don’t get hungry half an hour later. I used to eat mostly chia puddings in the morning but adding oats to the mix makes waiting for lunchtime much much easier!
Most people eat oats for breakfast. And a lot of people eat the same breakfast every day because it’s just fast and convenient not to have to think about it when you’re still half asleep and running late. Now if you eat the same thing for breakfast every single day it can get boring pretty quickly, right? Well, oats are really versatile in this aspect and can be mixed with pretty much anything. One ingredient, a million flavors. Salty, sweet, green, fruity, chocolaty, you name it.
Fast, fast, fast, fast
My favorite breakfast is actually eggs. But who has time to make eggs before work? Hence we only do full-on, egg-based, breakfast for champions on weekends. During the week, Mr. Daddy does not eat breakfast at all and the little one and I mostly eat some cereal-based thing. Something that takes 30 seconds to make. Or that can be pre-made. Like overnight oats, of course.
Nom, nom, nom, nom
Would this list be any good if I didn’t mention how delicious these concoctions can be? Pictured here is a version with:
- a mix of almond and coconut milk
- frozen wild berries
- chia seeds
- finely grind oats
I mix this in these small glass containers from Ikea and leave in the fridge overnight. I prefer finely grind oats with added chia seeds because they create a dense pudding-like consistency while still not ending up being dry. With rolled oats, I feel like they either float in liquid and it feels like eating regular cereal or they get too dry and not mixed well enough.
In terms of add-ons my absolutely top favorites are:
- wild berries (d-oh!)
- chocolate chips
- chopped mango
- cocoa powder
Do you have any favorite add-ons or combinations? Do you prefer your oats dry/raw or cooked? I’m mostly looking for salty or green recipes since those are the ones I rarely make (mostly for lack of creativity I would say). Please let me know in the comments 🙂