17 days: Want to be healthy and fit? Eat oodles of oats!

February 18th, 2010 · Lisa · book review, raw, Recipes, Review, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

Two weeks today I’m flying South! You’ve probably realized that I love a good count down. I don’t know why but I find it helps build my anticipation for good things and get through challenges. I often count when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I find it calming.

Anyway…as race day approaches I like to make sure I’m fueling my body with really nutrient dense foods. At the moment I’m not eating any flours or refined sugars so oats are a great grain for me as it can be consumed in its whole form. I buy organic oat groats in bulk at the health food store. Oats pack a bounty of nutrition into eat grain and are one of the most affordable superfood out there. If that’s not enough reason to eat your oats check out this list of health-promoting benefits (Yes, I like lists and counting..I’m a nerd!):


10 Reasons to eat your Oats!
1. Eating oats lowers your LDL cholesterol and maintains your HDL cholesterol (the good one). The soluble fibre in oats helps to reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream.
2. Oats contain antioxidants called tocotrienols which combines with tocopherois to form Vitamin E.
3. Eating oats helps to stabilize blood sugar by slowing the digestion of starches.
4. Oats lower blood pressure (a side effect of lowering cholesterol and the other calming properties of oats).
5. Oats increase bowel functioning because of the insoluble fibre content.
6. The soluble fibre of oats helps you to feel satiated for a longer period of time, which can help with weight loss.
7. Oats are an excellent source of carbohydrate for athletes. Studies have shown it alters metabolism and enhances performance when ingested an hour before exercise.
8. The beta-glucan in oats has been shown to enhance our bodies ability to respond to infection. Seriously…it helps us destroy bacteria!
9. Oats contain tryptophan, providing a calming comforting effect on us.
10. Oats have a subtle sweet flavour that lends itself to both savory and sweet dishes.

My favourite 3 Oat Groat Recipes:

Oats are incredibly versatile. Oat groats can be blended into a flour and dehydrated into crackers and flat breads. Oat groats and steel cut oats can be cooked into an amazing warming porridge, perfect for winter’s chilly nights. When I was in Ecuador I enjoyed an amazing, savory oatmeal soup. If you’re going to eat raw oat groats make sure you soak them first (I usually leave them for 8 hours). Most oat groats you find at health foods stores have been steamed and will not sprout.

Cinnamon Oatmeal 
(4 servings)
from the lovely Ani Phyo (with a few tweaks for my tastes)
2 cups oat groats, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp water

Blend in your food processor until a porridge consistency is obtained. I like to serve this on top of sliced banana and sprinkle on a tbsp of raisins. Store in air-tight container in your fridge for 5 days.

Cashew Maple Oatmeal Squares 
(24 squares)
from Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles
10 Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup raw oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

In your food processor, pulse all of the ingredients together until a sticky dough forms. Press into a prepared 8 inch square pan (about 1/2 inch thick). Freeze for 4 hours and then remove and cut into squares. Store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Living Strawberry Zipper Oatmeal
(5 servings)
from Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles
soak 1/4 cup almonds overnight
soak 3/4 cup oat groats overnight.
Drain and rinse.
In food processor combine:
(the oats and almonds from above)
1 cup of strawberries
2 tsp agave
1/2 cup raisins
1/8 tsp cayenne,
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt.
Process until a porridge consistency forms.
Serve over fruit or with nut milk.
Store in your fridge for 2 days.
I have been enjoying working my way through this book.
A full review will follow soon.

Today’s Totals:
Walk: 1.5 hours
Run: 9 kms
Pace: Steady 5 min/km
Fun: Started food prep for Florida: Cinnamon Raisin Toasts, Chocolate Ginger Macaroons and Vanilla Almond Macaroons are all in the dehydrator!

6 Comments

  1. Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I do not do well with oat groats, my body prefers buckwheat groats. Look forward to your review on the cookbook.
    Pure2raw twins

  2. Posted February 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I do love oats, and just started having them again:) Thanks for all the great reasons to eat them.

    I just got Raw Energy on v-day, and thought the oatmeal squares would be a good first recipe to try!

  3. Posted February 19, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Twins,

    We are all such unique and special snowflakes. I love buckwheat groats but I find they have a bit of a drying effect of my skin and digestive tract so I have to really ramp up my water intake to balance it out.

    evergreen,
    Let me know if you find any recipes in the book that you'd highly recommend. The oatmeal square are really sweet…but also, really delicious.

  4. Posted February 19, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Oh thanks for the uncookbook recommendation… I've been looking for more dehyrator-appropriate things and the like lately. All those recipes look delicious, and I love me some oats!

  5. Posted February 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the mention and for enjoying my recipe, and for listing my books on your site. Much appreciated. I do love oats on a cold morning here in LA. My next book, Ani's Raw Food Essentials, will be out April 1. It's my first hard cover, with over 250 recipes that are super easy and stripped down to just a few ingredients. From there, I'll show you how to make other variations and flavors. I hope you'll enjoy it!

  6. Posted February 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Hey a-k,
    Raw Energy is a book focused on snacks. Most of the recipes don't call for a dehydrator at all. I will have a review up next week.

    Oh Ani Phyo,
    Thanks for stopping by. Don't worry, I know when you're next book is coming out and I'm pretty freaking excited. I enjoyed interviewing you on the Toronto Vegetarian Podcast last year when your dessert book came out and I hope we can plan another interview for April to celebrate your next release.

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