So this post is not actually beauty related, but I just thought I’d share it with you anyways,- in case any of you found it interesting. I’m quite a healthy eater (always have been). I don’t deprive myself of anything though, but I highly believe in portion control. My brain has just been so trained, since childhood, to mainly focus on healthy foods,- what’s good for my body and well-being and WHY.
And I usually get quite a guilty conscience whenever I’ve “sinned”. I’m not a fanatic “health freak” by any means, but I do strongly believe that food is our greatest medicine and the fuel we need to thrive, and I don’t like the thought of filling my body with junk that’s only gonna drag me down and not provide me with any energy. I’ve trained my tastebuds to appreciate the taste of healthy foods, because my brain tells me that I’m treating myself to something that’s really going to benefit me and my body both now and also in the long run. I’ve also studied and researched a lot about food and nutrition and the effects it has on us. It’s a great interest of mine – next to beauty and make-up.
So let’s just “dig” right into it…- Get it?
What you will need:
– Organic oats (1 dl / 0,4 cup – the less processed the better! Steel cut and organic is the best)
– Organic milk (preferably almond or other dairy free milk alternatives – 2 dl / 0,8 cup)
– Ground cinnamon (1-2 tablespoons – depending on how much you love cinnamon)
– Ground vanilla (1 teaspoon)
– 1 mashed banana
Take the oats and add the milk in a deep plate and heat in the microwave on the highest setting (in my case 800W), for 2.5 minutes. Afterwards I take the mashed banana and mix it in with the warm oatmeal, and finally to finish off and make it extra yummy, I add the cinnamon and vanilla powder.
And there you have it! If you try it out I hope you enjoy this very (ful)filling and comforting breakfast as much as I do.
*Additional information* : (The following quote is borrowed from: http://health.india.com/fitness/5-reasons-to-start-eating-oats-today/)
“Eating oats can protect your system from various serious ailments. Rich in fibres and proteins, they are a good source of essential fatty acids, plant chemicals, amino acids and vitamin E. They also are rich in copper, iron, zinc and magnesium and prevent chronic illnesses when consumed on a regular basis.”
Prevents cardiovascular disease
Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol levels as it is made up of dietary fibres that helps lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) without lowering the good one (HDL). Eating a cup of oats every day with a high-fibre, low-fat diet can do wonders in preventing heart disease. According to a new research, the antioxidants present in oats reduce the ability of the blood cells to stick to the insides of the artery walls and thus reduce cholesterol.
Oats are a rich source of fibre – both soluble and insoluble ones. These help in regulating bowel movements and prevent constipation. They are also a good option for people who want to lose weight as the fibres make you feel full for longer and you end up eating less. Children who eat a bowl of oatmeal regularly are less likely to be obese and overweight.
Controls blood sugar levels
Diabetics should consume oats regularly as oat beta-glucan delays the fall in blood sugar levels before meals and slows the rise after a meal. This means, there aren’t major changes in its level and your diabetes is better controlled.
Reduces cancer risk
Oats contain a compound called lignin which helps reduce chances of hormone-related cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian cancer. Eating oats is therefore good for both men and women. According to a research, women who have a higher intake of fibre have lower levels of circulating oestrogen and are at a lesser risk of breast cancer.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, a daily dose of oats will help you reduce it along with other complications that it can lead to. Hypertension is becoming common these days with even youngsters suffering from it due to stress and lifestyle changes. Eating oats can help combat this problem.”