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Not an Oatmeal Fan? These 5 Ways of Eating Oats May Win Your Heart Back

Gloria Yan-Yan Tsang

Canadian registered dietitian, newspaper columnist, and author of 5 books; “Eat better, not less” is her motto.

Not an Oatmeal Fan? These 5 Ways of Eating Oats May Win Your Heart Back

Love it or hate it, some people just can’t get around the globby texture of oatmeal. However, disliking oatmeal shouldn’t stop you from eating oats. There’s so much nutrition power packed in these whole grains; give it another chance, try one of the following ways to enjoy this breakfast superfood.

1. If you like crunchy foods…. Try Granola

You can refer granola as the crunchy, funky cousin of oatmeal. Indeed, granola is baked oat that typically combines with sweetener and oil in order to bind the ingredients together, forming crunchy clusters. It is ready-to-eat, straight out of the bag, and you can simply add milk to it (just like other boxed breakfast cereal) or use it to build a yogurt parfait. The convenience and versatility of granola has been gaining popularity in some Asian countries; according an international market research agency report, the adoption of granola in Japan rose by 220% in just a year back in 2017. Because of its sweet and crunchiness, granola is widely accepted, including kids. When choosing a granola product, simply watch out for the amount of added sugar.

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2. If you think it looks too plain….. Try making Overnight Oat with muesli

For some, a bowl of oatmeal doesn’t look that interesting. As much as we know how good it’s for our body, we just don’t get too excited thinking about oatmeal. If you are in this group, give your oatmeal a makeover and prepare an overnight oat with muesli instead.

Developed by a Swiss physician about a century ago, muesli is uncooked oats, usually combined with some nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Unlike granola mentioned above, muesli usually does not have added sugar or added oil. You can always cook muesli like how you cook oatmeal; but muesli is best eaten raw. You can try using muesli to make Overnight Oat: simply pour in one part muesli, one part milk, and one part yogurt into a jar. Stir and store the jar in the fridge. The next morning you will have a creamy oat that is ready to eat right away. If you have time, top it up with some colorful fruits and extra chia seeds for extra nutritional boost.

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3. If you prefer your oatmeal with more texture….. Try steel-cut oats

Often referred to as Irish oats, steel-cut oats are one of the least processed oat products. While other oatmeal have been steamed, rolled flat, or sometimes chopped up, steel-cut oats are made by running oat groats through steel blades that thinly slice them into smaller chunks. Their texture is therefore a lot more “chewier”. And because they are less processed, their glycemic index is generally lower and it takes 10 to 20 minutes to cook (depends how chewy you like). Indeed the benefits of eating oats go beyond promoting gut motility and stabilizing blood sugar. A new Harvard study involving over 77,000 women and 48,000 men released just last week revealed that eating more whole grains, such as oatmeal, are more effective than eating more fruits and vegetables in prevention of liver cancer.

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4. If you don’t like oatmeal because it tastes too bland….. Don’t cook with water and try using plant milk instead

You can always give your oatmeal a makeover by replacing water with plant milk. Try almond milk or oat milk when it comes to cooking oatmeal, it will offer a subtle sweet and nutty taste. As plant milk is not meant to be boiled for a long time, choose quick-cooking or fast-cooking oatmeal to shorten the boiling time.

5. If all fails….. Try sprinkle oat bran everywhere

Technically-speaking, oat bran does not equal to oatmeal as the former is just one part of the latter. If you’ve tried different ways to include oatmeal and still don’t accept it, try oat bran as a topper. It’s better to eat some oat than none. Oat bran doesn’t need to be cooked, just sprinkle them on your yogurt, breakfast cereal bowls, salad, and more.

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