It's National Oatmeal Month!
With the gaining popularity of low carb diets, these poor guys have been shunned. Don't write off oats, they have tons of health benefits worth checking out:
- Lowers cholesterol. Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber, the kind that has shown to lower cholesterol levels. The other great benefit of fiber is, well, it keeps things moving right along, if you know what I mean.
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease. Oatmeal has special antioxidant compounds that help to protect against the 'bad' or LDL cholesterol, which in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Stabilizes blood sugar. Consuming oats won't spike blood sugar and keeps levels stable.
Overnight oats are one of the simplest breakfasts to make and are perfect for busy days when cooking isn't an option. I personally love oats immediately after I work out to replace muscle glycogen that is lost after a great sweat session. Here is my favorite overnight oats recipe.
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup almond mylk
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 Tbs peanut or almond butter
- 1/2 apple chopped
- Dash cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a mason jar or any jar with tight fitting lid. No need to stir. Place in fridge overnight and enjoy the next day.