Oats – we love them – so much we named our business around them! This humble whole grain has a lot of health benefits, which is why we include them in all our high protein snacks.
Whether you enjoy a warm bowl of porridge for breakfast or add oats to smoothies, the benefits are undeniable, and we should all aim to get more oats into our diets.
Oats are a source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, which results in amazing benefits such as weight loss, lowered blood sugar levels and reduced risk of heart disease.
Being one of the most nutrient-dense food you can eat, oats provide carbs, fibre, high-quality protein and a balance of essential amino acids. They also contain beta-glucen, a soluble fibre that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This slower absorption prevents spikes in blood sugar levels that lead to increased fat production and storage.
The beta-glucen within oats also helps to increase your feeling of fullness and increase the production of the hormone PYY, which is produced in response to eating, helping individuals to lose weight and eat fewer calories.
Research has found numerous other benefits of oats including, relieving itchy and irritated skin and helping with constipation.
1 cup of oats contain 51g of carbs, 13g of protein, 5g of fat and 8g of fibre.
How to incorporate oats into your diet
If we’ve sold you on the benefits of oats, you’re probably wondering how you can easily eat more of them. Luckily there are many ways to add oats into your diet.
Good ol’ Porridge
Yep – you guessed it! Of course we had to put porridge, or oatmeal as some may say, on the list. Traditionally cooked with milk or water, porridge is often seen as a fairly bland breakfast, but in reality porridge is just the base for a multitude of breakfast ideas! Add your favourite fruits, peanut butter or syrups, chocolate, protein powder and even biscuits. If it’s sweet, it probably goes well on porridge, so get creative and make breakfast times exciting.
Baked oats are a slightly different take on porridge that see them blended with a variety of ingredients including milk, maple syrup and baking powder to make a cake-like batter that is then baked. This allows for even more fun with your morning oats, add chocolate for a gooey, melty moment, or top with high protein snacks for an extra protein hit.
Add oats into a pancake recipe for a tasty, healthy breakfast idea! There are plenty of recipes online, so find one that works for you and add your choice of toppings. We love adding Dynamic Protein Powder and Protein Flapjacks to increase protein and oat intake.
There are many snacks that contain oats, making it super easy and quick to add oats into your diet. Our Flapjacks, Brownies, Cookies, Hype Bars and Millionaire Crunch all contain oats and are high protein! The perfect snacks for those on the go or post gym sesh.