6 Ways You Can Easily Incorporate Oats Into Your Diet For A Healthier Lifestyle

Oats are so beneficial, and they taste really yum, too!

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Did you know that oats are considered a supergrain because of the various essential vitamins and minerals they contain?

If you've never been a fan of oats, here's why you really oat to!

Other than being naturally gluten-free, oats can aid in weight loss as well, since one cup of cooked oats only amounts to a measly 150 calories that'll help quash any hunger pangs :D

Oatmeal is also really nutrient-rich

It's chockful of goodness, including thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron. It is also a great source of fibre, which can help lower cholesterol, balance blood glucose levels, and prevent constipation.

Here are some simple ways you can add oats to your diet:

1. Make overnight oats before you sleep for a no-fuss breakfast the next day

This is a really awesome and healthy breakfast idea that'll keep you energised and full as you go about your day. The best part about this recipe is that it's super simple to make, and doesn't require much prep time at all.

Just follow this ratio: 1 part oats + 1 part milk + 1/8 part chia seeds. Then, add in some Greek yoghurt, a splash of vanilla essence, a handful of nuts, and any type of liquid sweeteners like agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey.

Be sure to soak it for a minimum of 2 hours, but of course, the best way to infuse the liquid and the oatmeal is to let it sit overnight. Top it with some yummy fresh fruit in the morning before you chow down!

2. Use oats to make homemade muesli or granola as a substitute for cereal

Trust us when we say this: Homemade muesli is reaaaaaalllyyyyy easy to make, fuss-free, and absolutely delish! What's more, it's packed with so many nutrients and antioxidants that make it the perfect breakfast meal.

All you gotta do is store your mixture of 4 cups oats + 1 1/2 cups nuts/seeds + 1/2 cup dried fruit in an airtight container, and eat it with some cold milk. For that extra toasty flavour, try toasting your muesli mixture in the oven for a few minutes until they are lightly browned. Yum!

3. Love smoothies? Add some oats to your favourite smoothie recipe.

If you love bananas, you could try this easy, three-ingredient Banana Oat Smoothie recipe. Bananas are full of potassium and fibre too, so adding oats to this already amazing fruit is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins.

Here's what you need to do: Blend oats into a fine crumb, add one banana and milk, then blitz it one final time. Voila! You're done :D

4. Add in some oats to your creamy soup for that added heartiness

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If you enjoy a satisfying bowl of creamy, chicken soup, try adding blended oats as your soup boils. This will help thicken the soup, and adds additional fibre to your meal. Finely-milled oats are a great addition to any creamy soup because of their mild flavour.

This bowl of goodness is sure to warm you up when it's pouring outside, and it is simple and easy to make. 

5. Whip up a batch of healthy, oat-y snacks for you to munch on

Instead of snacking on sugar-loaded tidbits, you could opt to make your own, lower-glycemic treats that are a much healthier option.

Peanut Butter and Oat cookies are high in protein, and a natural crowd-pleaser. I mean, who could say no so a soft, chewy cookie that's melt-in-your-mouth yummy?

You could even try making your own oatbars. Just add oats, desiccated coconut, flax and chia seeds, honey, a splash of vanilla essence, and a pinch of cinnamon to create a sticky concoction. Press it flat on a baking tray and put it in the oven for a few minutes, and you're done! :D

6. Garnish your meals with some toasted oats for an extra crunch

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We all love adding croutons to our salads for that extra crunch, or maybe a sprinkling of raisins for some sweetness in every mouthful, but adding some toasted oats as a garnish for your salad is very yummy as well.

You could even use oats in your apple crumble. Imagine, fresh, sliced apples tossed with a pinch of cinnamon topped with oat crumble sounds positively mouth-watering, doesn't it? Mmmmmmm. 

Taking care of our health is very important, so it is vital that we eat nutritious food

Quaker Oats is a household name that has been around for 140 years, and has been producing heart-healthy oatmeal that everyone knows and loves!

Their oats are 100% wholegrain, meaning they are very rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

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Looking for some easy oat-y recipes to try? You can find tonnes in Quaker Malaysia’s recipe book!

From Oats Bubur Lambuk to Sweet Potato-Oat Donut, they've got a myriad of recipes for you to explore. The best part is that they're all loaded with the goodness of Quaker Oats!

Quaker Oats has also partnered up with popular local chefs to come up with even more yummy oat-infused dishes :D

Here's a little peek at some of the recipes:

Look at this yummy Onde-Onde Oatmeal Cookie recipe

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Or, if you're looking for a twist in your roti jala, you could try your hand at this Oatlicious Roti Jala With Chicken

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As we usher in the new year, let's also start having healthy eating habits with Quaker Oats!

For more information, please visit their website or their official Facebook page.

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