Eating right doesn’t always have to mean a compromise and that’s where oats come to the rescue
Packed with vitamins, fibre, iron and antioxidants, oats is the ideal choice when attempting to lose some holiday weight. The carb has a tendency to keep you fuller for longer – none of those added worries of what to eat inbetween a bowl of oats if you have a busy day coming up, and your breakfast consisted of only a serving of oats and milk, sprinkled with nuts and fruits.
Oats is also gluten-free, which means that it’s an ideal replacement for the more traditional carbs in your lunchplan, such as white bread or rotis: going gluten-free actually means there is a greater assurance that your body is burning fat because of what you choose to eat. There are so many ways to eat oats – I think my favourite would be to substitute breadcrumbs, to cook fried food, with oats. But other equally good options include:
- Using oats to make your favourite fruit-flavoured smoothie.
- Whipping up a veg-based soup, with added thickness – a generous helping of oats (crushed into powder-form) will really help get the thickness for your soup.
- If you love quinoa, then you can mix quinoa and pieces of seasonal veg available at your grocer’s, with oats, to create a different kind of alternative dish to the more traditional rice normally reserved for lunch and dinner.
- Cook pilaf with oats, instead of rice. Seasonal veg, salt to taste, and the chicken broth will make for an interesting combination with the carb, that is actually much lower in calories than brown rice, which can easily make a great pilaf.