The grass is greener on the other side: an expression that would ring true if you happened to live beside a field of oats. Oats thrive in temperate zones and have been domesticated around the globe. Grasses such as wheat have been cultivated since the beginning of human agriculture, but it wasn't until the Bronze Age that Avena Sativa, commonly known as the wild oat, was domesticated in Europe. From that point on, oats embarked on a global mission and have been an important health food ever since.
There are many reasons why you should add oats to your grocery list. Oats add an excellent source of fiber to any diet. In addition, oats may reduce cholesterol levels and are studied to have a moderate effect on blood sugar from the fiber they contain. Compared to most cereal grains, oats offer a good amount of protein.
Those looking to add oats to their diet do not face much challenge. Widely available and easily prepared, oats can be added to most meals, but are best enjoyed during the morning as a complex carbohydrate to stabilize blood sugar and steady energy throughout the day. Our Quinoa & Oat Porridge is a great way to start your morning. If cooking first thing isn't the way you roll (pun intended), then taking rolled oats and adding them to yogurt with some fresh berries is a great nutrient-packed way to say hello to a new day. Try sweetening oatmeal with applesauce as a healthy alternative to sugar. For a spa treatment, adding oats to your bath is said to be amazing for your skin; who said you can't have it all?