Below you will find revival recipes for longevity from oats that is extremely tasty, healthy, and can even help you lose weight. But first, let’s talk about oats themselves.
Oatmeal is steamed and flattened grains of ordinary oats. And although today many consider oatmeal a modern food, in fact, it is more than a thousand years old. The first who included it in a diet were the ancient Greeks. Modern oats lead to their “pedigree” from a wild relative who about 7000 years ago “populated” the expanses of China. Ancient people actively used the advantages of this cereal. Meanwhile, long before oats became food, ancient people used them as medicinal plants. Over time, this porridge became a favorite for many Europeans. It confidently entered the cookbooks of the Scots, English, Germans, and inhabitants of Scandinavia and, in the XVII century, reached the shores of America. Today, the largest producers of oats are Russia, the USA, Poland, Germany, and Finland. Oats, aka Avena Sativa, a common cereal in the world, are not fastidious to the soil and can give excellent harvests in places where life is more difficult for other cereals. The incredible power of this plant seems to be passed on to those who eat food from oat grains.
The results of scientific research on proper nutrition have shown that daily consumption of oatmeal helps maintain normal blood pressure levels in the body. Oatmeal is recommended as part of various diets to lower blood pressure. It is also an excellent product against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Fiber, in large quantities contained in flakes and cereals, helps cleanse the vessels of cholesterol and calcareous plaques and makes them stronger and more elastic.
As mentioned above, in terms of health benefits, oats are best known for their fiber content, particularly beta-glucan. Less well known is that this humble grain contains a unique phytonutrient profile, including a class of more than twenty polyphenols known as avenanthramides, not found in any other foods. Avenanthramides have a wide range of beneficial effects on our health attributed to their anti-oxidant and free-radical scavenging ability, as well as being anti-inflammatory.
Oats also contain a number of vitamins and minerals, including manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.
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Vitamins are biologically active substances with a small molecular weight. They are necessary for a person to maintain metabolic processes. Vitamins are involved in biochemical reactions occurring in cells and act as catalysts or coenzymes. Their role is to accelerate or sustain the reaction rate between other substances. Therefore, protein synthesis and the production of many cell components depend on their presence. If a person does not receive the right amount of vitamins, proteins become less, and these functions are impaired. Thus, vitamins affect the immune system, especially vitamins A and D.
As a rule, oats are included in our diet in the form of oatmeal, from which cereals, bakery products (oatmeal bread, cookies), and instant breakfasts are prepared. Oats are one of the healthiest cereals. In addition to being a gluten-free product, it also contains an extremely high number of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. In recent years, interest in this porridge has grown significantly. And not just because of its high fiber content and ability to lower cholesterol. Researchers believe that oatmeal effectively protects a person from cancer, cardiac disorders, and other equally dangerous diseases. Thus, there are many reasons why it’s so good for the human body.
Overnight oats—easy, healthy breakfast
If you are looking for a low-effort breakfast that is extremely healthy and can even help you lose weight, we recommend overnight oats. Unlike oatmeal, which is cooked in boiling water on the stove or zapped in the microwave, overnight oats are not cooked at all. There is an endless number of variations and recipes for overnight oats. Here are our favorite combinations and step-by-step preparation guide.
- Fill a jar or small glass container with a 2:1 ratio of raw oats to a liquid (we use buttermilk or oat milk).
- Add fruits, berries, and grains of your choice (we add dry or fresh cherries, blueberries, currants, apples, as well as chia seeds, sprouted wheat grains, and honey).
- Stir everything up, cover the jar with a lid, and put it in the refrigerator to let it soak overnight (7-8 hours). While you’re sleeping, the flavors fuse together, so all you have to do is eat it in the morning—no cooking required!
Here are some additional tips:
- Old Fashioned oats are best for this. Steel-cut oats don’t absorb well and expand less, making them chewy. If you have a sensitivity or allergy, you can also use gluten-free oats. If you have a sensitivity or allergy, you can also use gluten-free oats.
- If you want to speed up the process, use instant oats instead of rolled oats. However, this swap may result in a less beneficial outcome.
- Make sure you’re not adding some of the worst overnight oat ingredients to them, like sugars and flavored milk.
- Overnight oats should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container immediately after mixing them. This prevents the pathogens from growing and keeps your food safe.
- You can keep overnight oats for no more than 4 days in the refrigerator.
- We recommend eating overnight oats cold straight from the fridge.
Amazing oat drinks which will prolong your life
Oat milk has incredibly beneficial healing properties, removes toxins, and enriches the body with valuable substances. It is also believed to renew the blood. It is also believed to renew the blood.
It’s not hard to make. Take about a third of a glass of oats and fill it with boiled water (cooled). Let the mixture brew (for example, overnight), then strain. Drink oat milk daily on an empty stomach with a small amount of honey.
Another recipe calls for peeled oats and oats with husks. Mix these two types of oats in the same proportions. Peeled oats can even be ground in a coffee grinder to harvest more nutrients. Pour 0.5 liters of water over 3 tbsp of the oat mixture. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cook the oats over low heat for 15-20 minutes. Then allow to cool slightly and strain through gauze, gently squeezing. Oat milk is ready! Drink it when you feel like drinking.
Oat jelly drink
Oat jelly is beneficial for the stomach, liver, and kidneys. It dissolves stones in the gall and bladder and reduces cholesterol in the blood. Oats restore strength, give energy, and help with depression.
To prepare, you need to mix 1 cup of oats with 5 glasses of water in a pan. Bring it to boiling and switch to low heat. Cook until the mix turns into a jelly liquid. Then add 1 cup of milk and boil again. When it cools, add 4 tbsp. of honey. Drink as much as you want during the day.
Due to the presence of biologically active components, oat kvass is beneficial for the whole body. The protein included in the composition of oats has a beneficial effect on tissue repair, and fiber reduces cholesterol levels.
Preparation of this drink does not require much time and special skills. In a 3-liter jar, put 400-500 g of oats, add 3-4 tbsp of sugar, pour cold purified water, cover the jar and leave it for 3-4 days at room temperature to ferment oats. Then, pour out the liquid. In the remaining oats, add again water, 50 g of raisins, and 1-2 tbsp of honey. Raisins make the color of kvass darker and give the drink flavor. After 4 days, drain the liquid – the kvass is ready. The oatmeal starter lasts for three months.
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