Oats: A Good Carb Food!
You can try avoiding cereal carbs, but it's only for a short span of time that a person can stick to such a diet; all- salad or all- protein diets will cause sugar cravings eventually. The key is to eat heart-healthy, belly-melting fibre and the best way to do this is to include whole-grain carbohydrates in your diet. Whole grains such as oats keep insulin levels low, which keeps your body from storing fat.
Some whole grains and cereals are not just good for you but are also convenient. For e.g. breakfast cereal like oatmeal porridge, had with milk and fruit, can pop you through sluggish mornings.
Also, you can down a bowlful a couple of hours before a workout to feel fully energized by the time you hit the weights, or at night to avoid a late-night binge. Additionally, oatmeal contains soluble fibre, which means that it attracts fluid and stays in your stomach longer than insoluble fibre. Preliminary studies indicate that eating oatmeal raises the levels of free testosterone in your body, boosting your sex drive and enhancing the body’s ability to build muscle and burn fat.
Superpower attributed to oats: Preventing your body from storing fat.
The secret weapon: Fibre, protein, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc.
Oats help you fight against: Obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease.
Quick and healthy oats recipe: Every healthy eating enthusiast must experiment with oats for nutritious and taste. No time to make your oats porridge in the morning? Just mix raw oats with a cup of yogurt/dahi to hydrate it. You can even do this overnight and keep it in the fridge. You’ll be getting all the whole-grain goodness of oatmeal.
1 bowl of boiled and mashed oats, chopped green chillies, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, ½ tablespoon of ginger, 8 to 10 curry leaves, 1 tablespoon of oil, ½ tablespoon of mustard seeds, ½ tablespoon of cumin powder, 1/4th tablespoon of hing (asafoetida) and chopped coriander to garnish.
Heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once they start sputtering, add chopped onions, green chillies and curry leaves. Stir fry. Now add chopped tomatoes, and cook thoroughly for 3-5 minutes. Now throw in the oats. Cook only for a minute or two as you wouldn’t want the oats to turn very soft. Serve right away!
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