Why are millenials eating so many oats?
There's a new trend among city youngsters who are choosing healthier alternatives for breakfast. Oats are back on the menu. Millenials and Gen-zers in New York are eating more oats for breakfast in an effort to stay healthy.
What’s true is that you need to break your fast every day. The fast occurs without you having to do much, just not eating while you sleep. Breaking that fast can happen at 7am, 12pm, or 8pm.
This article isn’t really about breakfast it’s about oats. Let's look at why oats are so good for you to figure out why young people are devouring them.
I’m going to lay down some compelling reasons why oats should be the first meal of your day.
What’s oats got to do with it?
One of the healthiest grains for breakfast is oats. Nothing on earth compares the nutrition it offers. The best part about them is that they are gluten-free and provide great minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
Oats are believed to have many benefits for your health and mind as they reduce blood sugar, heart disease and help you in losing weight.
Oats get a bad rap, people think they’re boring and don’t taste great. Well, you’re doing it all wrong if you think oats are boring. They’re so versatile and you can add anything under the sun to them to spice things up. (or more likely sweeten things)
Let’s have a look at what oats are, their benefits, and a few of the tasty ways to prepare them.
Oats and that’s not all
Oats — if you want to get technical, the seed of the plant Avena Sativa, are naturally occurring. There are many types of oats such as oat groats, steel-cut oats, rolled, and crushed oats.
The oat groats are thick and the most intact so they take more time to cook while the instant ones are processed so they tend to take less time in cooking and give a mushy texture. The oats are mostly preferred in breakfast in the form of porridge.
There are some amazing snacks and food items which can be made from oats such as cookies, muffins, baked goods, and granola bars. It’s not just porridge, the options for oats are quite literally endless.
My favorite way to have oats is as overnight oats. This is kind of like porridge but it’s cold! Goldilocks may not be a fan but I am. You prepare them the night before and keep them in the refrigerator overnight.
You can flavor it with anything — chocolate, fruit, spices like cinnamon, and even marshmallow fluff (a personal favorite).
TikTok may not be good for much but they’re bang on the money about baked oats. Absolute game-changer, it’s oats, but also a cake, but it’s oats and it’s healthy.
Top tip: Use rolled oats instead of steel cut for baked oats.
It’s oatally good for you
Oats are one of the best grains to help reduce cholesterol. They contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. The soluble fibers in oats make up a viscous gel that helps in reducing cholesterol and maintaining the levels of blood glucose.
While the insoluble fibers help with bowel movement by reducing the chances of constipation and maintaining good intestinal health.
Oats have a high amount of antioxidants such as Avenanthramides. Whole oats also have the effective plant compound known as polyphenols and ferulic acid which have antioxidants.
They tend to lower the blood pressure, increase the production of nitric oxide which helps in dilating the blood vessels. This improves the flow of blood and maintains good health.
Oats also have anti-itching effects and are anti-inflammatory. They protect the person from colon cancer, heart diseases, and blood pressure. It is very healthy for your heart and colon.
Oats are believed to keep the stomach full for longer periods which helps in controlling weight. The oats have carbs which are often left out in case of losing weight however, they should be a must-have diet to keep you full.
They squash hunger, provide nutrients and satisfy cravings. Carbs, while not an essential part of a diet, shouldn’t be left out. Oats and other carbs slowly release energy throughout the day. With that said, it is easy to over portion, so always be mindful of how many carbs you are eating.
A Balanced Breakfast
Having oats for breakfast could keep you running the whole day. A single cup of oats contains around 150 calories, 6g of protein, and 4g of fiber. To make it more nutritious, you can add almonds to it to be more energetic.
If you’re feeling extra spicy you could add a chocolate bar to your oats. Maybe just a mini size bar to control the calorie count.
Oats are free of gluten which is a major plus for people who cannot consume gluten. Double-check before purchasing since some manufacturers might add some ingredients which may contain gluten. In most instances, the oats you find will be gluten-free but it’s worth checking first.
Vitamins and Minerals
Oats are a rich source of nutrients and one of the healthiest foods in the world. They provide zinc, calcium, magnesium, thiamine, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and selenium.
Versatile food stuffs
Oats are not only for health purposes only, you can make some mind-blowing savory dishes and smoothies out of them. You can mix it with sweet foods and fruits like banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, or strawberry.
You can have a variety of flavors and seasonings to blend the flat taste. It is more like buckwheat so you can also add leftover curries and vegetables to make it spicy and bring a new taste to it.
Also, try adding an egg. That can enhance the flavors and bring in some lovely protein. This is why oats are perfect and the most healthy breakfast choice!
Oats all folks
If you’ve been sleeping on oats then I hope this article has shone a light on just how wonderful they are. They are the perfect way to break your fast and keep you feeling full throughout the day. By switching to oats you will notice having more energy.
Oats can help you avoid the midday slump altogether because they keep releasing energy throughout the day. Lots of people write off oats as being boring and tasteless. They couldn’t be more wrong!