My current relationship status = oats. Which is why I had to share this revolutionary new vegan beetroot bircher muesli recipe. It’s not just a sudden love affair or a flippant fling, me and oats are in it for the long haul. We travelled South America together, we spend Saturday mornings in bed together. Occasionally I say something mental like “…oooo I might have mushrooms on toast for breakfast tomorrow…” but it is the emptiest of statements. It never happens. The only thing my tum is interested in before 8am is almond milk soaked, chia seed laced oats. The fruit toppings change, the powdered superfoods vary, but oats are always THE ONE.
This version however is a bit different, conjured up one morning after I had juiced up some carrot, beetroot, apple and ginger and had some purple goodness left over. As I have a complete phobia of wasting a single morsel of food the juice went straight on into my oats!
It wasn’t so mental though – not only did the juice add oodles of extra nutrition and a touch of sweetness to my brekkie, it also turned my regular old oatmeal a mega funky shade of pink. Win, win and win.
So why is this so good for me?
Lately I’ve been trying to add a few geeky health factoids into my recipes, so you can enjoy nomming on these creations whilst lecturing your colleagues and loved ones about how radiant you’re becoming thanks to the contents of your plant-packed lunch box.
So, let us celebrate the health benefits of the humble oat…
Where to start?! First off oats are an incredible source of fibre which helps digestion and reduces bloating – but even better than this is the soluble fibre which basically tricks your tummy and intestines into feeling fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to get the dark pangs of HANGER by 11am.
We all know that things that are low GI are good – and oats are definitely part of this crew. Being low GI means that rather than being full of the stuff that gives you a blood sugar rush after eating, they are packed instead with the good stuff that makes your carbohydrates work harder for longer, so no more carb-shaming when it comes to oats! They are the perfect food for keeping you energised and re-fuelled after physical activity, like YOGA 😉
Oats are also packed with cholesterol busting beta-glucan and tonnes of vitamins and minerals which all help to fight disease, prevent illnesses and generally help you glow a little brighter both inside and out.
And that’s just the tip of the (oat encrusted) iceberg. Anything else you want from your breakfast?!