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Friday, April 17, 2015


'For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home'
Matthew 25 verse 35 NLT




I’m not a breakfast-person I admit and I owe this all to rush hour morning lectures from my days back in the university. Fact is lately I’m not even a morning-person; I don’t wake up chirper, all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows doing my favourite dance with reckless abandon. 
Nope that doesn’t happen, which is probably why the last thing on my mind is grabbing a bite before running out the door to work.

This is a terrible habit and I try to compensate by brewing a thermos of my chamomile, mistletoe or green tea (whichever I’m in the mood for) just before I dash out, that way I’m forced to grab a slice of toast or anything significant that complements the tea at work…that’s my pathetic idea of a breakfast during the week.

For this reason, I’m particularly committed to starting out my weekends the right way and honestly one thing I enjoy amongst others during the weekend is a good ol’ bowl of oats (or oatmeal as it’s popularly called). I love my oats too much for as long as I can remember and I can get pretty obsessive about how it’s cooked so most times I like to do it myself. 

I’m sure a couple people are cringing from the ‘unholy’ idea of eating let alone loving oats, trust me I can deal – I have a renowned ‘oat-hater’ right here under the same roof …boy does my mum hate oats!!! It’s a wonder she stocks up on it for the house.

Anyway I’m planning to convince her and probably confuse her a bit about the health benefits of oatmeal which is why I decided to document everything I’ve learnt over the years about this yummy goodness that’s like Christmas in a bowl (I think I’ve heard that expression somewhere if I can recall).

Sooooo…OATS


Oats are usually processed into either of three forms: the steel-cut oats,the rolled oats and instant oats that is slightly more processed than the first two which might question its nutritional value. Most people like me usually opt for the instant oats simply because it's way faster to cook unlike the steel-cut or rolled oats that could take relatively 30mins... honestly who has that kind of time when I want my breakfast ready like this minute. I learnt however that one of the tricks to eating instant oatmeal is buying the unsweetened brands and sometimes these unsweetened instant brands have vitamins and minerals added (e.g Iron, Calcium,Vitamin A).

It is totally skin-friendly being an anti-oxidant that is loaded with fibre and absorbed slowly so no worries about your blood sugar spiking up (which in turn means no unexpected skin breakouts) as in other cases. Also it has a low cholesterol level - my mum should love that benefit since all we ever hear in that house is 'low cholesterol' or 'girl watch your cholesterol'. Let's not forget it is really filling so you don't always have to eat a huge bowl and then start worrying about putting on weight. Just make sure you buy oatmeal that is specifically written 'whole grain oats'. Avoid prepackaged oatmeal that may be high in both sodium and sugar and lower in beneficial fiber.

All forms of oatmeal have similar nutritional content of fiber, carbohydrate, protein, fat & calories as well as great benefits for the body that generally boosts your intake of daily nutritional requirements. Oatmeal boasts of Vitamin A (better vision and immune system), Vitamin B-complex (metabolizes food content), minerals like Selenium (an antioxidant against premature aging and diseases), Iron, Calcium, Phosphorous, Zinc and Magnesium that are necessary for healthy bones, muscle development, oxygen transport through bloodstream and prevention of viral infections.

If you buy an unsweetened brand, you can always decide to spice things up and play around to your heart's content.You could have your oats with tons of milk like I do since it's a great source of protein, potassium,calcium and vitamin D. Try out fresh fruits like apples,strawberries, blueberries or peanut butter, almonds and whatever sinful combination comes to mind - I have a friend who was famous for her insane combinations back in school,still is.

Oh and if you do decide to go all crazy, there are oatmeal bars that you could try...I know it won't taste like chocolate but it could be just as awesome. Another really cool idea is a breakfast smoothie of blended oats, fruit and ice - I'm gathering ideas for things I could try out during the week.

Note to self - what you have for breakfast plays an important role where the never-ending quest for flawless skin is concerned.

On that note, I guess it's a good thing the weekend just began...

Until my next post,
See you guys at breakfast.

Ify*

2 comments

  1. I actually enjoy eating oats!
    Like you I rarely get the chance to eat breakfast. As a result, I am known for eating breakfast foods like bread and cereal for any meal of the day
    Nigerian and Natural

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    1. Oh shoot! BREADDDD...how could I forget my first love. I should be locked up for my unhealthy cravings sometimes. Bread as a snack,bread for dinner, bread at any time of the day-my folks hide the bread sometimes just so I don't get to binge-eat.Thanks Jen- I'm off to find some bread *hugs*

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