First post of 2019!
As a super fan of grains I have come across the website Whole Grains Council on a number of occasions. They have a section entitled Grain Of The Month Calendar and it inspired me to do a post series with my own take on the grain of the month. For January it’s oats!
Much has been said about oats so I won’t belabour the point of how healthy they are. In a nutshell, or oat groat, they are full of nutrients, fibre, and contain beta glucan, a soluble fibre and polysaccharide with health benefits. Oats are easy to find and easy to prepare. They are most often used to make porridge but can be added to sweet and savoury dishes (granola, cookies, veggie burgers, etc.) The larger and coarser the oats the less processed they are and therefore retain the most health benefits. On a scale of processing from least to most the common names are:
- Irish, steel-cut
- Rolled/old-fashioned oats
- Quick/instant oats
I can personally vouch for the fact that oat porridge is very satiating. Just a small bowl (¼ cup dry) can fill me up for a good four hours, max time before another meal should be eaten.
See my previous post Scotch Oats… for suggestions on use.