Oatmeal & All the Good Things Going for You | Amoils.com
Oatmeal is a great natural food to enjoy at breakfast or any other time for warmth and comfort. The health benefits are numerous but top of the list is the high fiber helping to combat constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and of course hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Even some life threatening conditions like colon cancer and coronary heart disease can be caused by a diet that is too low in fiber while a diet rich in fiber helps to lower cholesterol and assists with diabetes and obesity.
All oats whether in flakes or groats form have gone through a heat process which gives them their rich nutty flavor while keeping them from spoiling. Fortunately the hulling process does not strip away all the bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of fiber and nutrients.
This means that oats are not raw and will not sprout
There are many different levels of processing of oatmeal. Remember that generally the larger the “flake” (as in rolled oats) or the bigger the “seed” or “groat” (as in steel cut oats) – the less processed it will be; the more nutrients it will retain and the slower it will be to digest. That is all good news but it will also be slower to cook. Oats have a low GI helping to keep your sugar levels stable.
There are loads of good things to say about oatmeal both as food and in other ways…
In the kitchen
- Try to include a cupful of oats every day in your diet to optimize your soluble fiber intake. A bowl of oatmeal can be made more delicious by adding a topping of diced fresh pear, chopped walnuts or pieces of crystallized ginger. Whatever takes your fancy!
- Use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs for a healthier alternative when the recipe calls for breadcrumbs such as when making a meatloaf or binding burgers, meatballs and more.
- If cow’s milk is not for you, try making raw oat milk with a little dried grated coconut added in for a delicious alternative.
- Ground oats are a healthy alternative to thicken soups, stews, sauces and gravies.
- If excess weight is a problem, oats are high in fiber so there is a satisfying feeling of fullness after eating a bowl of oatmeal.
- When exercising, a bowl of oatmeal approximately 3 hours beforehand will ensure time release benefits during your exercise or workout. Rolled oats have long been a staple diet of athletes especially weight trainers.
- If you ever have a smells in the refrigerator to put up with then don’t worry. An open container of oats placed on a shelf in the fridge will absorb those unwanted smells.
- Here is a recipe for an oatmeal smoothie for which you will need: 1 cup of milk; half a cup of rolled oats; 1 banana; approximately 14 strawberries and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Use an electric blender to blend the oats to a smooth consistency before adding the rest of the ingredients including a handful of ice cubes. If you need to sweeten, then add some raw honey or a teaspoon of organic maple syrup or work on other variations to taste.
Health and beauty
- Chew a few raw rolled oats when you have an acid stomach.
- Make your own oatmeal scrub at home for a natural face pack and to counteract the acne condition and other skin problems by grinding two tablespoons of oatmeal into a powder in a blender. Add one teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cup of water to make a thick paste. Spread on a clean, dry face and rinse off after 15 minutes with chilled water. Alternatively, you can use left over oatmeal that has been made for breakfast. Oatmeal is good for absorbing and removing both oil and bacteria from the skin while exfoliating dead skin cells at the same time.
- An oatmeal bath can be very useful to treat various skin conditions where itching is a problem, such as poison ivy, chicken pox or sunburn. Grind those oats into a fine powder and pour into a makeshift pouch such as the cut off foot and part of the leg of an old pantyhose. Tie it in a knot around the faucet or bath tap so that the bath water runs through it. You can give the pouch a good squeeze from time to time. An alternative is to rub that same wet pouch straight on to the problem areas of skin.
- An extra special oatmeal bath with a cup of milk, 2 cups of oats and tablespoon of honey added to the bath water will help to both moisturize your body and relax the stress and tension. Or add a few drops of soothing essential oils such as lavender to that oatmeal pouch for a different relaxation bath.
- Oatmeal for hair care? This is a recipe for a natural dry shampoo which can be very useful in times of illness or for any other reason that hair cannot be washed in the normal way. Mix baking soda or cornstarch in equal quantities with ground up oatmeal. Then rub into the hair to let it soak up any excess oils and odors before brushing out again and seeing the difference.
- Just as we suffer from skin problems so too can our pets. If your dog has dry and itchy spots, mix equal parts oats and warm water before rubbing lightly over the affected area. Cover with aluminium and try to keep your dog still for at least 10 minutes (you will know best how you can achieve this!) before rinsing with warm water. Keep repeating until the itchiness has cleared up.
With all these wonderful uses for oatmeal, best to always keep a big box of oats in your pantry cupboard.