Friday, January 4, 2013

Oatmeal, Your body loves it inside and out!!



Yum, Steel Cut Oatmeal!!!!!!!!
We LOVE steel cut oats or Irish Oats at our home.  They are more hearty, the flavor is nuttier, and the meal stays with you longer than quick oats. 

Oats of all kinds are good for:
1. Anti inflammatory properties.

2. In a mask or poultice it will draw impurities from the skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends oatmeal for soothing itchy skin conditions.

3. Incorporating heart healthy oatmeal in your daily nutrition will promote lowering of LDL the bad type of cholesterol.

4. In the winter I love oatmeal with some cinnamon, nutmeg, almond milk, and agave for dinner it is a lower calorie food and keeps you warm on those cold nights.

5. Oats help to maintain blood sugar control by slowing down the digestive process.

I prefer steel cut oats, they are a bit tricky to prepare and worth every bit of effort.  Cook the oats the night before, add 1 cup of oats to 4 cups of boiling water.
  • Stir for a minute, reduce the heat to simmer 25 minutes.
  • Place the oats in a heat resistant container with a cover.  You can add spices, nuts, or fruit to the mixture at this point.  Allow the mixture to rest covered until morning, cut, add some almond milk, and enjoy.
Could it be easier, I don't think so.  The oats will last many days in the refrigerator, they don't need to be consumed right away.  Yum! a true taste treat!

God Bless,
Teri
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

3 comments:

  1. Could you give some details please on making the poultice? Do you just use raw oats and water? Thank you.

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    1. What kind of compress would you like? The one for itchy or sunburn skin goes back to when I was a kid. Mom would get a really soft sock and put a cup of oatmeal inside the sock. Use the cheap kind of quick oats for this sort of duty. I would soak in a warm tub of water and rub the sock over my skin the milky substance that comes out will help with itching and remove some of the heat from the burn.

      If you are looking for a beauty mask use a tablespoon or two of oatmeal, mix with cold water, when it is a thin paste apply to your clean face and wait for the tightening to happen, about 5 minutes will be lovely.

      Let me know how you do.

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  2. Hi Teri,

    I, too, love whole cut oatmeal, and have for years. I don't find it any harder to cook than rolled oats, just takes a little longer. I set them to cooking, and by the time I have my other breakfast preparations done, they're ready. Just the +- 2/1 formula and a pinch of salt. My brother starts his, and leaves them on a very low flame (he has a pilot-level low) goes for his shower, and when he comes back, they're ready. I don't trust my flame to be low enough to leave. The point is, about 20 minutes is all you need. Then I add all the dried fruit, nuts, seeds, yogurt...I plan to try your overnight system; just have to remember when I'm doing my before bed routine.

    I buy my oats in bulk at my local food Co-op: less than the fancy brand can. The only problem is that they are not certified Gluten Free, and I don't know how important that is. Are oats gluten free?? Do they need to be certified?

    Thanks,
    Shira

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