BY DR. ANDREA PURCELL
Avena sativa, also called the common oat, is a grain full of healthy goodness. Oats are often used for breakfast cereal, oatmeal, granola and as a flour for baking breads and cookies. A dietary source to fuel the body, a 3.5 ounce serving of oats provides over 60 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of protein, and about 7 grams of fat.
Oats contain beta-glucans, which are known to decrease saturated fat in the blood and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Most people are familiar with oat as a medicinal food for its ability to regulate cholesterol.
Other important effects of having a serving of oats in your daily diet include: support for digestion, sexual health, and bone health, as well as enhancing energy and maintaining a positive mood. Oat is a fantastic source of dietary fiber, which helps maintain a healthy gut. Oat has been studied in the management of male sexual dysfunction as well as managing menstrual symptoms and regulating blood sugar levels. It’s also an excellent source for B vitamins and the mineral manganese, which play important roles in physiological processes that support the health of mind and body.
TRY MY OVERNIGHT OAT RECIPE:
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup unsweetened plant milk
½ teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon raw honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup wild frozen blueberries or raspberries
You will need glass jars with lids or containers with lids. I save 16oz glass almond butter jars. You can also use 10oz wide mouth jelly jars. One serving is between 8-10oz, so my 16oz jars are about half empty.
Add all the ingredients to a jar layering it up. Do not stir. Simply place in fridge to marinate overnight. In the morning take the jar out of the fridge stir and eat.
I make 4 jars at a time and they last for 5-6 days. You can make up 5 jars on Sunday night and enjoy a healthy breakfast all week long.
With so much Love,
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