2 Delicious Recipes for National Oatmeal Day

Happy National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal is an incredible, nutritious food that has been around for thousands of years. So, what makes oatmeal so special, and what are the benefits?


The first thing you should know is that oats are naturally gluten-free. However, some oats that you’ll find in the grocery store have been contaminated with gluten because of how they were processed. If you want to steer clear of gluten, make sure that when you’re buying your oats, you opt for a brand that specifies their oats are gluten-free.



What’s In Your Oats?

Oats have a ton of nutritional value and offer a variety of health benefits. For one, they’re a healthy source of carbohydrates and fiber. They’re also higher in protein than most other grains.

Oats also contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals your body needs. They’re rich in silicon, phosphorus, and magnesium, which can help with anxiety and insomnia. And they contain significant levels of manganese, iron, zinc, folate and B vitamins.


Whole oats are rich in antioxidants, which may help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.


One of the most significant benefits of oats is the soluble fiber beta-glucan. Oats contain large amounts of beta-glucan, which forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut. The benefits of beta-glucan include reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels and promoting healthy bacteria in the gut.


Ways to Eat Oatmeal


When you think of oatmeal, you likely think of breakfast. Breakfast is a great time to whip up a delicious batch of nutrient-dense oatmeal. My personal favorite is One Degree Sprouted Oats. If you struggle with digestion, sprouted oats are your best bet, as the sprouting process can reduce issues with digestion.


But oatmeal doesn’t have to be just a breakfast meal. In fact, because of its relaxation benefits, it’s a great evening snack as well. Whip up some oats with dried fruit before you head off to bed to help you move toward relaxation and sleep.


Oatmeal Recipes


Here are two of my favorite oatmeal recipes, that are also kid approved!


Coconut Yogurt Overnight Oats Recipe:



Ingredients:

1/2 C. Oats

1 T. Maple Syrup

1/3 C. Coconut Milk

1/4 C. Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 T. Chia Seeds


Directions:

In a half pint jar (8 ounces) combine all ingredients and stir well. Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. To serve, top with desired ingredients.


Note: This makes a thick and creamy oatmeal. Feel free to add more milk before serving, to achieve your desires consistency.





Pumpkin Overnight Oats Recipes


Ingredients:

1/2 C. Oats

1 T. Chia Seeds

1 T. Maple Syrup

1 T. Pumpkin

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 C. Cashew Milk


Directions:

In a half pint jar (8 ounces) combine all ingredients and stir well. Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. To serve, top with desired ingredients.


Notes: I love adding pecans or pumpkin granola over the top!






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