How about having a hot bowl of freshly made oats soaked in milk and swirling with honey or dried nuts for your breakfast? Or a bowl of piping hot vegetable oats upma! Sounds very appetizing and nutritious too! Oats are enriched with so many components that it makes for a very filling and healthy breakfast option for all ages. You have recipes that cater to the sweet tooth and for those who do not prefer sweets you can have the savory oat preparations.
Be it as a light evening snack or a hearty breakfast, oats are one of the super-foods that offer a quick solution to any of your hunger pangs. There is so much of goodness in this cereal that you need to make it a part of your breakfast routine as many times as possible. Make it differently every time and let your taste buds savor the different taste on every occasion.
Requirements of a Good Breakfast:
A good breakfast should be able to:
- Replenish your body’s needs of blood sugar as you wake up in the morning.
- Provide at least 1/3rd of your daily nutrient needs in terms of carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fibre, fat, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients.
- Should be easy and quick to make.
A mere cup of tea or coffee for breakfast will not suffice to tackle the day’s challenges. Oats on the other hand fulfill all requirements and are the best breakfast solution.
Goodness Contained in Oats
A cup of cooked oatmeal offers 150 calories, six grams of protein and four grams of soluble and insoluble fiber. Adding nuts and fruits enhances the nutrition content. Oatmeal is enriched with various minerals like phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, zinc,iron, thiamine and selenium. Soluble fiber helps in stabilizing blood glucose levels and reducing bad cholesterol. Insoluble fiber enhances the working of your intestines and reduces chances of constipation. Most importantly, oats help to give you the feeling of satiation and keep you full for longer periods of time. Low-hypoglycemic foods like oats are one of the best breakfast options for those seeking to lose weight.
Tantalizing Oats Preparations
There are several ways in which you can prepare your oats breakfast. You can either use ‘instant’ oats or go for the regular oats. Instant variety of oats get cooked in water or milk in just a matter of two minutes or so while the regular variety takes about five minutes. You add honey to the cooked mixture or infuse sweetness through dry fruits or fresh fruits.
Another way is to make the oats upma. You make a seasoning of mustard seeds with asafetida and turmeric powder and include many vegetables like onion, carrot, peas, small cauliflower florets or any other of your choice in it. Add chilies, salt and a pinch of sugar to taste after adding the oats. It is easily cooked in a matter of minutes; sprinkle it with lemon and coriander and you have a hot piping tasty dish of oats upma. This form of breakfast option is sure to leave your taste buds asking for more. There are many more tasty oats recipes; you just need to be creative!