A bowlful of oatmeal topped with a medley of nuts and fruits is an ideal breakfast meal that many nutritionists and health experts vouch for. A bowl of oats with overload of sweetness might find favour with many to kick-start their mornings but might not mingle with the palette of many others. You will find many people who don't fancy oats with a simple reason of not liking its taste and then there are some people who are bored of stuffing the same old meal down their stomach. Love it or hate it - given the countless benefits of this powerhouse food - you just can't ignore it. Other than its health promoting properties, oats are also popular as versatile, convenience food. They are easy to cook to even easier to digest.
Why you must have oats?
- A rich source of fibre
- Packed with vitamins and minerals
- Helps with weight loss
- Gets rid of excessive oil from the body
- Eases irritable bowel movements
- Contains powerful antioxidants that keep heart diseases at bay
So, how do you consume oats without annoying your taste buds? There are loads of different ways of including oats in daily diet while fighting aversion. For the unversed, we list down the best alternative meals with oats as one of the ingredients:
1. Just Flour it
If you don't like to bite through the otherwise a very light grain, the best way to consume it is to break it down into flour. Just put the desired quantity in a mixer and grind it till you get a fine powder form. Now, treat it as your regular flour, knead it and prepare dishes like idli, pancake, upma, tikki or dosa. You'll be surprised at the number of dishes you can create out of it and the fact that it can replace white flour (maida) is just the extra bonus!
2. Gulp It Down
A refreshing juice, a creamy shake or a zesty smoothie in the morning can do wonders to uplift up senses and energise the body. If you want to skip eating oats, better still, drink it. Just throw in some oats with other ingredients, blend them all together to make your desired concoction. A word of advice here - try using rolled or instant oats as the steel-cut oats will make the drink a bit too dense to sip.
3. Hide It In your Favourite Dessert
This one is for those with the sweet tooth. You can slyly add oats to your dessert recipes and no one will ever know - a great way to feed it to kids. You will find a number of recipes made with raw or powdered oats. You can bake delectable cookies, cakes, muffins, granola bars and what not, with this secret ingredient.
4. Get High On it
Health is particularly not on the mind while consuming alcohol. But, for those diet conscious folks, who like to party also, this is a great way not to deceive their gut. Make your own decadent cocktail with vodka/rum/gin-infused with rolled oats. Try different concoctions and treat yourself and your guests to a healthy cocktail evening.
Now, don't throw away that pack of oats sitting pretty in your kitchen cabinet for days. Open and unfurl the various health benefits of this magical food.
About Neha GroverLove for reading roused her writing instincts. Neha is guilty of having a deep-set fixation with anything caffeinated. When she is not pouring out her nest of thoughts onto the screen, you can see her reading while sipping on coffee.