Oats are a breakfast staple for a lot of people, and it is not hard to understand why, as there are a lot of benefits associated with eating them. Oats are affordable and they are rich in nutrients too. They are also endlessly customizable, which means there are many different ways that they can be enjoyed. Keeping that in mind, continue reading to find out more about the different ways that you can enjoy oats and some useful tips when it comes to eating oats as part of a weight-loss plan. It does depend on where you are at and what your goals are, please keep in mind.
Enjoy oats as a snack once in a while.
Oats are not only great for breakfast, but they can be enjoyed as a snack too. Oats are high in fiber, which can take a long amount of time to digest, and this is beneficial because it will keep you fuller for a longer period of time. It is not just a standard breakfast food. Oats can also make a great snack option. You can mix up roasted oats with a wide range of other filling and healthy ingredients, such as seeds, nuts, flattened rice, and chivda. This makes for a much healthier and nutritious snack when compared with others that tend to be laden with preservatives. I recommend pairing oats with a healthy protein and fat to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Stay away from instant and sugary oats
There are a lot of different types of oats on the market, but not all oats are good to eat. Plain oats with no added flavors are best. This does not mean that they need to be boring, though. There are plenty of different ways you can enjoy oats, including overnight oatmeal. The flavored and packaged oats that you see in stores today tend to be packed to the brim with sugar, which decreases the nutritional value and adds unwanted calories as well. When compared with a cup of plain oats, flavored oats will have roughly 70 more calories.
Do not add toppings that are sugary to your oats
Adding maple syrup and honey provides only a small amount of nutritional value and greater calories. You can add a drop of stevia, which is a calorie-free and natural sweetener, or 1/4 cup of berries to ensure your sweet tooth is satisfied. Avoid adding tons shop-bought peanut butter to your oats. This is going to add a lot of calories without much nutritional value. You can add 1 tbs of almond butter instead and that is the right portion. You can also use water instead of milk for preparation to ensure that your oats are a lot healthier for your weight loss program.
Drinking oat milk but in moderation
Oat grains have a high amount of calcium in them. If you do not like how milk tastes, or you are averse to dairy, oat milk can be an acceptable replacement and a healthy one at that. It is low in calories and it is a protein that is plant-based. Nevertheless, do make sure that you do not go overboard with your consumption of oat milk, as it does have considerable sugar content, so you should not have too much. Make sure you look for brands avoiding canola oil and other high omega 6 containing oils.
Add toppings that are rich in fiber
The main nutrient for losing weight is fiber. According to research that has been conducted by the Medical School at the University of Massachusetts, fiber assists with weight loss by ensuring you are kept fuller for longer, and therefore, preventing you from bingeing. However, if you like your oats to be sweet, then you can add blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to your oats. Berries can help to keep your sweet tooth satisfied and the content of fiber will also make the oats healthy for you.
Add egg whites to your oats
Finally, another way to make your oats tastier and to add more nutritional value is by adding egg whites. You can add between one and two egg whites while you are cooking the oats. The egg white will not add any flavor, but it can enhance the texture and it adds the beneficial protein that you need for weight loss. This can help you to burn a greater amount of calories throughout the digestion process, which is going to keep you fuller for a longer period of time.
To conclude, there are many different ways that you can enjoy oats. We hope that this has helped you to understand the different ways that you can incorporate oats into your diet so that you get all of the nutrients and benefits that you need from this food. Who knew that oats could be so tasty and versatile?
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