Love oatmeal? How about granola? You’re in luck because this week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to eat oats! Oats can be eaten in a variety of ways, the most popular being oatmeal and granola, but have you ever wondered why eating oats is beneficial for you?
Oats are nutritious, made up of high amounts of carbs and fiber, and they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. In addition, oats are high in antioxidants, especially the antioxidant avenanthramides. Avenanthramides help lower blood levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps dilate blood vessels which leads to better blood flow. On top of that benefit, avenanthramides have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties. Finally, oats contain large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. This is particularly important because it lowers cholesterol levels, reduces blood sugar, and increases the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.
There are many ways to create nutritious oat-packed meals, but one favorite recipe is this Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancake!
You will need:
1 medium ripe banana
2 large eggs
¼ tsp of cinnamon
Put the banana in a bowl and mash with a fork
Add the eggs and mix until well combined
Put the oats and cinnamon in a blender (or you can add whole oats)
Heat a skillet over a medium heat and dash of vegetable oil
Pour ¼ cup of mixture into the skillet, cook on one side for 1.5 minutes and other side for about 1 minute (until golden brown).
Serve (with or without peanut butter and maple syrup) and enjoy.
So whether you enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning, a granola bar on the go, or our suggested banana oatmeal protein pancakes, be sure to incorporate oats this week.