Oatmeal

Oat porridge is the best breakfast meal! We are about to find out why. Oatmeal is made from oat grains. And oat is one of the healthiest edible grains in the world. It contains some antioxidant nutrients. Oatmeal Nutrition facts show that oat is gluten free, it has some antioxidant and vitamins. Oats have some great health benefits and domestic uses. Oats can also be made into various types of meals and snacks.

 

Oatmeal Nutrition
Oatmeal Nutrition

 

Oat Nutrients

Oat is rich in:

  • Antioxidants called phenolic acid and avenanthramide (AVA)
  • Vitamins – such as vitamins E, vitamin B and Magnesium
  • Carbohydrates. – Oats is 60% starch.
  • It is also high in soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
  • Being gluten free

Oatmeal B
Oatmeal B

 

Oat Health Benefits

– Helps in weight lose plan. Oat stores energy in the body and releases this energy gradually over time, this makes you feel full for a longer time, preventing you from craving for food in between meals.

– oatmeal aids digestion, this also helps in weight lose.

– Regulates sugar in the blood and can reduce the amount of insulin injections a diabetic patient needs.

– Lowers cholesterol in the blood

– contains 2% of daily recommended calcium

– Oats is gluten free

– Prevents heart attack – Vitamin E in oats improves heart health.

– skin health: Oats help treat dry skin and skin conditions such as eczema, skin rash and itching skin.

– A natural remedy for chicken pox and poison ivy – put half a cup of oats into a kitchen towel, tie it and put it in the bath water. Sit in the water for 10 minutes rubbing the dampened oat towel over the affected areas.

– Hair treatment and maintenance – Oats helps with hair loss and dandruff treatment. Mix some oat flour into your shampoo or hair conditioner. Apply it to your hair, leave for 10 minutes then rinse.

– Anti aging qualities – Oatmeal contains antioxidants, these are very good in slowing down the aging process.

– A great remedy for constipation. Oatmeal contains soluble and insoluble fiber. The combination of these fibers is a great help in bowel movement.

 

Oat Uses

– Oat bath – get a cup of oat flour or powder a cup of oatmeal in a blender. Mix it into a warm bath and soak yourself in the mixture for 10 – 15 minutes. The oat bath has a soothing effect for itching skin and reliefs the skin of ailments such as rash, sunburn and eczema.

– Oat is used as face mask and to soothe skin conditions

 

Oat Bread
Oat Bread

 Oat bread – Oat flour can be used instead of the conventional flour in baking bread.

 

 

 

 

 

– Oat can be made into Breakfast bars, Pancakes and muffins

– Snacks – oat cookies are good when prepared with little or no oil or sugar. Raisins, bananas and apples all make excellent oat cookies. Oat bars and oat bites are also healthy snacks.

– As a thickener in soups – make oats into flour and add it to soups like the normal flour, it is very good at thickening soups

– Infant food – Oatmeal is excellent for babies from 6 to 8 months. You can either make it with fruits or to make to savory add chopped vegetables. Avoid using instant oatmeal for your baby, they contain too much sugar.

– Meals – Oat meal can be made into various meals such as: Porridge. Fufu. Soups and Smoothie.

– Medicinal purposes. Oat is used for managing Menstrual cycles, diabetic patients and bone conditions.

 

Oat meals

 

Oat porridge
Oat porridge

Oat Porridge: An excellent breakfast idea. To make it healthier, cook oats in water and garnish it with dried or fresh fruit. Do not add sugar! You may use honey to sweeten it instead of sugar. To make savory Oatmeal, chop your favorite vegetables, pour them into the pot, add the desired amount of oatmeal and boil them all together.

 

 

Oats in a smoothie
Oats in a smoothie

Oat in smoothie – This could be a perfect breakfast or dinner for you. Put your normal combination of fruits or fruits and vegetables into your smoothie maker. Add a table spoon of oat flour and blend to a smooth thick paste. It will thicken your smoothie and keep you full till the next meal.

 

 

 

 

Oat Fufu with Okra Soup
Oat Fufu with Okra Soup

Oat Fufu: This meal would be ideal for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: oat flour and hot water. Bring water to the boil, add oat flour and stir until you have a bread dough consistency. Add a little bit of water, boil it for 5 minutes, mix till smooth and serve. Oat fufu is enjoyed with soups such as Okra soup, Ewedu soup, Efo-riro or plain tomato stew.

 

 

Oat in soup: Sprinkle a table spoon of oat flour in to your soup to give it the desired thickness. And simmer for about 10 minutes.

 

Oatmeal is healthy
Oatmeal is healthy

 

Conclusion

Add oatmeal to your diet and enjoy its antioxidant nutrients. Also, use oats in your daily activities around the home, have an oat bath, add oats to your soups and smoothies. You will definitely experience a new you emerging.

To start using oats flour and or oatmeal click on any of the links below.

 

     

 

Also I would like to know how you are getting on with oats or if you have any questions, please leave a comment.

 

 

 

 

This article has 30 Comments

  1. Very informative blog about oats – I knew that oats are very healthy and I often eat them for breakfast, also as porridge. I did not know the you can use them also for skin conditions. I like your whole website – it is very engaging and makes you want to start cooking and trying new recipes.

  2. Wow, this is very good. You have done a very good job to make this post. I recognise the fufu from a Ghanian play that I read. I guess that is an African delicacy. Something that I will very much like to try though. Thanks a lot for giving this god information. Cheers!

  3. Oh, this is so nice. I like the fact that you could share some very nice tips here on the oatmeal. There are awesome facts of oat that I didn’t know about before. As a young child, I didn’t really like oat and my mum always wanted us to have it because according to her, it was very good for our health. I would like to give it a try now though. Nice post you got here.

  4. I had always known that oat is very good for you. All the benefits mentioned are true and means everyone should keep some form of oats in their diet. I have never heard of “fufu” so that was new to me. From the description given I am not exactly sure how it is made or when to know if it is ready after cooking or even how to serve it. But the whole page has many other good tips about using oats in our diet, so thank you for the informative coverage of this great subject.

    1. Thanks Jack, fufu is an African meal. It could be made from various foods. This time it is made from oats. It is similar to making bread dough from flour but instead of baking it you boil it in water. Mix it smooth and serve. 

  5. The benefits attached to the use of oatmeal is immense that l i can say is just tat this is really great and well worth it. I like the fact that oat meal is very nutritious which qualifies it directly to serve the function of making the body smooth and all. Also, the fact that it is gluten free makes me like it more. It is a sure thumbs up from me.Hence, this is a great read. thanks

  6. This is a fascinating article on oat porridge.  Oat is part of my diet but I did not realize that it has so many healthy ingredients such as anitoxidants and vitamins.

    I also like that it is high in fiber.  Oats certainly have a lot of health benefits.  It is a remedy for so many things that I was not aware.  Thanks for the information about the variety of meals available as well as othr uses.

    Thanks so much for  this important information.  It is appreciated.  All the Best to You.

  7. Oatmeal has been touted by many dieticians and medical professionals as one of the most nutritious breakfast foods. With no gluten in it, I included it in my diet when I began to work on reducing my weight. The rich vitamin content of oatmeal helps me cover for the nutrients in the meals I had to forego. A friend who is a doctor also mentioned that it contains some nutrients that helps in keeping a fresh smooth skin. 

  8. I saw you wrote that Oatmeal is gluten free, are all versions of Oatmeal gluten free or just particular ones. I know another great benefit of oatmeal is for breastfeeding mothers. It can help to aid breast feeding mothers with their milk supply, and making oatmeal nursing cookies as snacks can help ensure enough milk for their little ones.

  9. I’ve always had oatmeal for breakfast from time to time but never been a fan of it. With the nutrition facts you provided are very helpful. I also like other ideas of using oatmeal like an oatmeal smoothie and tofu. I will definitely give it a try sometime this week. Considering that it is high in AVA and fiber, I may as well include oatmeal in my diets from now on.

  10. I am a huge fan of oatmeal and have been for most of my life. There was a period, after growing up and leaving my parent’s house, where I would not touch oatmeal. The reason was my Mom used to insist that we eat oatmeal every day before school. I did that for years so in protest I quit eating it entirely for some years.

    That changed when I got married and we quickly had two beautiful little girls one after the other. Guess what? I started eating oatmeal again. I knew how good it was with the nutrition and the way it would make you feel full and ready for action each day. 

    You have added a lot of new ways to use oatmeal to get more of all that nutrition, and I have bookmarked the site because there are a couple of ideas I want to try at home!  These days I am pushing oatmeal on the grandkids, I am sure they think I am old-fashioned, but good nutrition never goes out of fashion I think. Thanks for a great read and great advice!   

  11. I know oatmeal is a healthy and full of nutrition food. There are many ways to use oats to prepare delicious meal.

    I thought that oats is only use for cooking and never know that it has many benefits for healthy skin.

    Knowing that oats is used to treat eczema, dry skin, itching skin and is a natural remedy for chicken pox and poison ivy, is a great information.

    Thanks for sharing the benefits of oatmeal.

  12. Hi there,I rarely post comments on the internet, but I couldn’t go without thanking you for this amazing post which contains a lot of helpful information.I struggle quite with weight loss and though I tried eating oats I can’t say I enjoyed it.. but now I see why.. I ate only oats with milk (no fruits, no nothing) + it never came to me that I can put oats in soap or my smoothies.. Thanks for opening my eyes, I will definitely try those recipes out!

    Best wishes,Nick.

  13. To be honest I stopped eating Oats and after reading your Oatmeal Nutrition Facts post I realized I did a huge mistake.

    Planning to add it to my breakfast and thanks a lot for sharing the valuable information. I am astonished at the big lists of Oat health benefits.

    Reducing wait and hair loss seems to be a big problem many are struggling with but Oats provides solution for that with many other benefits.

    I gone through hernia operation and the doctors advised me to intake more fiber. I am shocked and happy to see “Oatmeal contains soluble and insoluble fiber. The combination of these fibers is a great help in bowel movement.”

    I showed your post to my wife and asked here to read the benefits (We stopped eating it) and she said I am going to add Oats to our breakfast. Thanks a lot for instruction on Oat Porridge, smoothie, Fufu and Soup.

    Really enjoyed your article.

    Wishing you great success!

    Paul

  14. I’m a big fan of oatmeal, I know, lot’s of people call me crazy… 😉

    I use is every morning adding it to my healthy smoothie and it does make a big difference wheter or not I make it to lunchtime without getting hungry at around 10 AM.

    On weekends, one of my favorite recipes are oatmeal pancakes which are very easy to make and sometimes I even add chocolate chips to it. One word, delicious!

  15. wow, I never knew that you get so many benefits from consuming oats.Glad to hear that it helps in weight loss and is gluten free. I have been thinking for a long time whether to try oats, especially in porridge. Now I am convinced hundred percent that I should try. Can I add oats to my cereal ?

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