Beyond a heart-warming bowl of porridge on a cold winter morning, oats are being more commonly used in recent years as part of a wide range of breakfast meals and snacks. Think: oat milk lattes, oat pancakes, fruit crumbles, overnight oats, smoothie bowls and a base for whole grain muffins.
Rich in wholesome flavour, oats are as nutritious as they are delicious. Here’s why you should make them part of your daily breakfast:
A natural source of energy.
Oats are a natural superfood which nourish your body with energy in the form of quality carbohydrates to fuel your brain and muscles.
Full of whole grains.
Oats are an excellent source of whole grains. Just 2/3 cup rolled oats = 60g whole grain, 12g more than the daily target for an average adult.
A source of fibre.
Oats are a source of various types of dietary fibre that support a healthy digestive system, including a soluble fibre called beta glucan which helps lower your cholesterol re-absorption (as part of a diet low in saturated fat, 3g of beta glucan per day is required to lower cholesterol).
A source of protein.
Oats are a source of protein to assist with muscle growth and development. Together with the quality carbohydrates, oats contain a good balance of macros for a pre- and post-workout meal.
Here’s a couple of ways I love incorporating delicious, nutritious oats into my daily brekkie routine at home: