Healthy Eating Means More Fun Outdoors

 Healthy Eating Means More Fun OutdoorsOk so the older I get the more I realise that its really hard to enjoy hiking, riding, kayaking or anything that I do in the outoors if I am not resonably fit and no I don't mean that I have to be fit enough to do an ultra marathon but just fit.

So I thought I would share this little post I found on how good oatmeal is for you, and yes I have to admit it's not my favorite food either but this article might just change your mind on that, luckily there is also a few recipes so you don't have to shudder at the thought of forcing oatmeal into yourself every morning

 Credits: 5 reasons why oatmeal is a breakfast super-food

You were a lucky kid if your parents made you eat porridge for breakfast. No matter how vile those steaming bowls of bland mush may have tasted, porridge made of oats is a nutritional powerhouse with far-reaching benefits. Here are some reasons why you should never outgrow a morning porridge habit.

1. Oats are good for your heart.

They contain a bio-active, anti-oxidant compound called “avenanthramide” that researchers have found cleans arteries, prevents fatty buildup, and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.

2. Oats are packed with fiber (4 grams per 1 cup).

The soluble fiber (beta-glucan) is important, as it traps substances in the intestinal tract associated with high cholesterol and flushes them out. Some studies have shown the fiber in oats to reduce cholesterol by 23 percent. The insoluble fiber scrubs the intestines as it moves through and reduces constipation. The presence of fiber can also ease heartburn in people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease.

3. Oats have an impressive nutritional profile.

They are rich in vitamin B, folic acid, protein (6 grams per cup), manganese, and magnesium, as well as other minerals. 

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4. Oats help fight obesity and weight gain.

The National Post cites a study of 10,000 children in which those who ate porridge regularly were 50 percent less likely to be obese than those who did not eat it. Also, a person doesn't need to eat as much food in order to feel satisfied (see #5 below).

(I suspect oatmeal is a sort of ‘indicator species’ for a person’s nutrition, since those who eat it are more likely to be aware of good dietary habits than those who don’t, considering that porridge isn’t exactly the most tantalizing option for breakfast — at least in my opinion!)

5. Oats will stave off hunger for longer.

 Healthy Eating Means More Fun OutdoorsOats are a “low glycemic carbohydrate,” which means that it takes your body a longer time to digest and absorb them. So by eating a bowl of porridge, which contains only about 150 calories, you will feel full for much longer than if you eat a piece of toast or a bowl of cereal.

If you’re already a devout porridge-eater, keep it up. If you need some inspiration, try some of the recipes below to make your porridge tastier. Just be sure to make it yourself, starting with rolled oats. Avoid pre-flavoured packets of instant oatmeal, which contain unnecessary sugar and additives.

Pan-seared oatmeal with blueberries

 

Oatmeal brulée in a jam jar with fruit and nuts

Sweet potato and oatmeal breakfast bake with pecan crumble

Basic granola 

You will find the link to these recipes in the original article at 

 Credits: 5 reasons why oatmeal is a breakfast super-food
 

I tried some of these and yes they are nice and yes I now eat oatmeal much more often, so give it a go and see the benefits.

Heck to be honest I just do what it takes to make sure I can get out and enjoy what I want to be doing in our great outdoors

 

 

 

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  1. Steven says:

    When you said “t’s not my favorite food”, I can understand that based on how I felt as a kid. We used to have it and honestly, as a kid, I thought it was disgusting.

    But a funny thing happens as you age, your tastes change as well. I have had some serious issues with obesity most of my live (still a little overweight now). But one thing I do is have porridge for breakfast every morning.

    Now, not only am I used to having it, but I really enjoy it as well. I usually have it plain, but you can add some healthy fruit if you want to.

    And it definitely does keep hunger at bay. I used to have terrible mid-morning hunger pangs in the past.

    By the way, an alternative spelling for porridge is “porage”. I think it’s an older spelling, but I’m not sure. Always looked a bit funny spelled that way.

  2. Patrick Fitz-Gibbon Patrick Fitz-Gibbon says:

    Hi Steven, I agree entirely about tastes changing as you get older, I always add some fruit or a low fat yogurt or something to enhance the flavor as well.

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