7 important reasons you need to eat more oats
You’ve probably heard that oats are “good for you,” – but did you know they have a whole range of incredible health benefits and are superior to many other types of grains?
Since oats are January’s grain of the month, let’s take a closer look at why this breakfast favorite is so good for you – and why you probably need to eat more of it!
Oats may help lower cholesterol
Oats help you feel fuller for longer
Are you looking to shed the post-holiday weight? Oats are super filling – and will help you snack less and consume fewer calories!
Oats are high in beta glucan
What is beta glucan, you ask? It’s a type of powerful soluble fiber our body needs. It stimulates the immune system – and has a ton of other health benefits, like regulating blood sugar levels.
Oats may help relieve constipation
Research has shown that oats, which are high in dietary fiber, may act as a powerful, natural laxative – and may help relieve constipation.
Oatmeal is more nutritious than most other grains
Higher in healthy fats and protein, as well as lower in carbohydrates – oats are by far the superior grain!
Oats have excellent antioxidant properties
Containing over 20 unique polyphenols called avenanthramides (micronutrients that naturally occur in plants), oats are a powerful antioxidant.
Oats may help lower blood pressure
The antioxidants found in oats may help control your blood pressure by boosting the production of nitric oxide – a gas molecule which leads to better blood flow.
And now – treat your tummy to this delicious and nutritious Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal from the Wholesome Culture Cookbook (grab your copy now)!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal
Makes 2 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours
- 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 5 ounces (equivalent to 2/3 cups) vanilla or plain vegan yogurt
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 and 1/3 cup plant milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- In a large jar or bowl, mix peanut butter, cocoa powder, yogurt, and maple syrup until smooth. Then, add in oats, milk, ground flaxseed meal, vanilla, and salt. Mix thoroughly. If using a bowl, add to jar(s) or container(s).
- Seal and refrigerate overnight or for 6-8 hours.
Want more delicious and nourishing plant-based recipes? Check these out:
- This vegan French toast will blow your mind
- Make this peanut butter banana smoothie to have the best day
- The best vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Chick’n Wings
And follow our cooking account, @cookingwholesome, on Instagram for even more healthy eating inspiration!