5 Delicious Ways To Add Oats Into Your Diet (Instead Of Boring Oat Porridge)

by Jillian See
FOOD  |  December 08, 2017
  • Yummy ways to add oats into your meals
    1 / 6 Yummy ways to add oats into your meals

    Oats doesn’t always have to be eaten in the form of a boring porridge bowl. Add them to just about any dish – oats can elevate the texture, taste, and more importantly the nutrition.

    (Also read: Oats: The Latest Healthy Food Fad)

    Oats are high in soluble fibre, containing 8g per cup. That’s more fibre than your veggies: a cup of spinach has just 5g. This means that oats take a longer time to digest, keeping you satiated for longer.

    There are a few kinds of oats: steel-cut oats, instant oats and rolled oats. They take different times to cook and each has a different bite. But just know that all are equally nutritious and will keep your tummy satisfied. No more odd-hour hunger pangs after you add oats into your diet. Here are some easy and fun ways to start.

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  • Overnight oats
    2 / 6 Overnight oats

    This is a great breakfast on-the-go option when you’re running late.

    In a jar, mix a cup of oats and with your desired amount of milk. Top it with ingredients of your choice. We recommend chopped fruits – they are a great way to sneak in more fibre! Refrigerate overnight and you’ll have a delicious, chilled breakfast pudding in the morning.

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  • Oat-crusted meat
    3 / 6 Oat-crusted meat

    When breading meat, swop breadcrumbs for oatmeal instead. Breadcrumbs tend to be ridiculously high in sodium, so oats are a better idea. Bake your meat instead of frying it, and you still get the same delicious crunch.

    (Also read: Amazing Ways To Make Oatmeal A Savoury Dish)

     

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  • Breakfast oat bar
    4 / 6 Breakfast oat bar

    Make vegan, gluten-free bars with oats, by mixing oats, maple syrup, nut butter of your choice and dates.

    Sweeten the bar with coconut sugar and add toppings like dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Make a big batch and stash in a large container. Your month’s worth of snack is covered. Just be mindful not to overeat, as bars in general tend to be high in sugar.

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  • Oat pancake
    5 / 6 Oat pancake

    Pancakes make a great weekend brunch option. Here’s a simple banana oat pancake recipe to try: Combine a cup of oats, a teaspoon of baking powder, an egg, a large banana and a dash of milk in a bowl.

    (Also read: How Oats Are Good For You)

    Add batter into a pan and flip the pancake, cooking one minute on each side, or until it starts to brown. Drizzle honey over if desired.

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  • Oat smoothie
    6 / 6 Oat smoothie

    Add oats into your smoothie for a nice, filling snack. A good source of carbohydrates with 47g in a cup, oats are a great energy boost.

    To make a heavenly, thick smoothie, blend these ingredients: a handful of ice, half a cup of oats, one frozen banana and a handful of berries. It’s perfect as a pre-workout snack, giving you the energy you need for a good training sesh.

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