Oats – our friendly neighborhood super food
Ancient, but in no way old-fashioned. For thousands of years, we in Europe have been nourishing ourselves on these earthy grains. And as a nutritional heavyweight, it is now celebrating a well-deserved comeback. Why the humble oat deserves a place of honor in your pantry:
A super grain for your body
Is it any coincidence that oatmeal is a typical breakfast food? Long before the time of scientific analysis, people seemed fully aware that a small bowl of oats could set you up for the day. Today we know that the oat is one of the most nutritional varieties of cereal grain around. It supplies complex carbohydrates and around 12 % of plant protein. It also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and phosphor. Its iron content is even comparable to some meats. And thanks to a dietary fiber by the name of beta glucan, oats even help you reduce your cholesterol levels.
This impressive list of ingredients ensures a battery of beneficial effects on the body. Thanks to their complex carbohydrates, oats release energy slowly and steadily. An “oaty” breakfast not only fills you up, it also keeps your blood sugar levels stable so that you can keep the hunger pangs at bay. Studies show that it can also help to stabilize cholesterol levels. In short, it’s extraordinarily good for you. Our skin will respond favorably to the vitamin B2, biotin and niacin that it contains. An oat face mask moisturizes, calms and alleviates impurities.
Recipe for a quick face mask: Mix 3 tbsp ground oats, 1 tbsp hot water and 1 tbsp honey, leave to cool for a little while, then apply to the skin. Leave to work for 10-15 minutes, then wash off.
From ghastly gruel to the breakfast bowl
“Eat your gruel; it’s good for you!” Forget the bland and stodgy mush of yesteryear. Whether chewier or more smooth, oat flakes have been given a makeover and are available in many flavors. Add some fresh fruit and crispy toppings for an appetizingly colorful Breakfast Bowl, or store as Overnight Oats in an elegant screw-top jar. Oats give bread, cakes, cookies and muesli bars a bit of extra bite and a nutty aroma. To say nothing of the additional nutrients that it provides. As a locally-grown, high-quality “super food”, the humble oat is as modern as ever, and suitable for virtually any diet. That said, if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, then please do avoid!
Oats for drinking
Next to soya, oat is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk because of its mild, sweet flavor even despite a low sugar content. A splash of Oat Drink in your coffee is the best choice for those who aren’t quite so keen on the typical taste of soya. And we’ve also got good news for all allergy-sufferers: We have created the perfect plant milk for food intolerances in the form of our gluten-free Oat Drink; being gluten-free, lactose-free, and soya-free, we’d call it a triple threat!