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.
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.
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.
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!