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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!

  1. Oats may help lower cholesterol

There’s “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), and there’s “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). Oats help lower the “bad” cholesterol levels in your blood, which reduces your risk of heart disease.

  1. 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!

  1. Oats are high in beta glucan oatmeal breakfast bowl

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. Oats have excellent antioxidant properties

Containing over 20 unique polyphenols called avenanthramides (micronutrients that naturally occur in plants), oats are a powerful antioxidant.

  1. 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

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (Wholesome Culture Cookbook)

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

Directions: 

  1. 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).
  2. Seal and refrigerate overnight or for 6-8 hours.

 

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