We love oats at home and eat porridge most days for breakfast. It’s warming in the Winter weather and keeps you full until lunch time.
Oats are a modest grain yet highly nutritious! One cup of oats will supply nearly 70% of your daily needs for manganese, a mineral that helps enzymes in bone formation. You’ll also get a generous helping of vitamin B1, magnesium and potassium.
Among all grains, oats have the highest proportion of soluble fibre. This type of fibre absorbs water and substances associated with high blood cholesterol on transit in the gut. Studies show that people with high cholesterol who eat just 3 g of soluble fibre per day can reduce their total cholesterol by 8%!
Also good for digestion, this insoluble fibre in oats sweeps like a broom through the intestines, moving food effortlessly along and helping to prevent constipation. Studies show that people with reflux and heartburn who eat a high fibre diet experience fewer symptoms.
If you’re not a fan of porridge you may want to try this simple flapjack recipe to receive the benefits of oats. This recipe is super easy and can be made and cooked in under 30 minutes flat. Here’s the recipe……
- 125g soft butter
- 100g sugar
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 250g oats
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Line a 9 x 15 inch baking tray with baking paper. Press in the oaty mixture until spread evenly over the baking tray. Place in a pre-heated oven (gas mark 5, 190C) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown all over. Allow to cool before slicing into 24 chunks.
Sometimes I like to add 1 grated carrot to the mixture, it gives the flapjacks a beautiful orange colour and contributes to our 5 -a-day!
How are we doing on Budget?
Butter 125g = 50p
Oats 250g = 20p
Sugar = 12p
Golden syrup = 20p
Total = £1.02 for 24 flapjacks (4p a flapjack)