Oats (Avena sativa) are a cereal commonly eaten in the form of oatmeal or rolled oats. They are mainly eaten as porridge, as an ingredient in breakfast cereals and in baked goods (oatcakes, oat cookies and oat bread). Over the past few decades oats have become a very popular "health food". Oats are loaded in dietary fiber (containing more than any other grain) and have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties.
Referred to as the common cereal, oats date back to bronze-age Europe. It is usually rolled or crushed into oatmeal and eaten as porridge or used in a variety of baked goods. An ingredient in many cold cereals like muesli and granola, oats can be eaten raw. The discovery of healthy cholesterol-lowering soluble fibre in oats sealed its status as a health food. Oats are also the only cereal containing a legume-like protein nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein, which has been shown by the World Health Organisation to be equal to meat, milk, and egg protein. However, people with food allergies and gluten sensitivity should consult with their doctors first before enjoying this nutritious food.
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Benefits of soaking your oats overnight?
Those of us with grandparents born prior to World War II may well remember that they made a practice of soaking rolled oats in a pot of warm water overnight before cooking it up the next morning.
In fact, prior to the 1950’s, Quaker Oats used to include an overnight soak in the instructions printed on the box!
Somehow, this healthy, traditional practice was gradually abandoned as the popularity of convenience foods such as quick oats and microwave oatmeal packets gradually took hold with Baby Boomers and later generations.
The truth is that soaking oatmeal overnight before cooking it up in the morning makes it infinitely more digestible.
The thing most people enjoy about a bowl of soaked oatmeal in the morning is that it fills you up all the way until lunchtime.
China is credited with developing the method for germinating seeds many centuries ago and on long ocean voyages, Chinese sailors used sprouted mung beans as a source of vitamin C for preventing scurvy. Vitamin C is produced in significant quantities when you sprout grain.
At the end of the day whether your soaking or sprouting your grains it can easily be incorporated into your healthy wholefood diet with a little before bed preparation for the next day.
Overnight oats are just oats soaked overnight that absorb the liquid you put them in – any kind of liquid you like! Try a mixture of equal parts raw rolled oats, milk (coconut or almond milk is nice) and or yogurt (for dairy free try coconut yoghurt) (I like 1/3 or 1/2 cup of each). You can use any kind of yogurt or milk which suits your dietary requirements. Put in the fridge overnight (uncoverd or covered, your choice) and let ’em soak up the liquids. Grated organic apples are also nice to add & any combo of raw nuts or seeds soaked seperately & drained then added to your soaked oats. Organic dried goji berries, cranberries, raisins, sultanas, chopped dates are also nice but don't go overboard on the fruits as you don't want too much sugars to kick start your day. All ingredients are found on the MORE2U website for hundreds of combinations to have with your daily soaked oats or porridge.