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Oats: The Multi-Tasking Energy Grain

 
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Oats are more than just a warm breakfast for chilly winter mornings. They also provide you with more energy, help prevent mid-morning cravings, and are a fantastic anti-inflammatory ingredient in DIY face masks. We spoke with Kathy Kaehler, a Los-Angeles based celebrity food coach and author of Mom Energy, to find out why they’re so good for you.

Oats are one of the best health foods you can eat. These gluten-free grains contain more fiber than rice, provide you with plenty of long-lasting energy, and lower your cholesterol! But to enjoy all these benefits, you need to be eating the right kind of oat. "You shouldn't be eating any other oats than the most pure, natural form of oat you can buy, such as Quaker Original Oats, or Bob's Red Mill," says Kathy. "Avoid any of the pre-packaged instant oats or varieties that contain added components—such as vanilla or extra toppings—as they contain too many chemicals and artificial flavors." The carbohydrates and fiber found in oats makes them the perfect breakfast, as they help keep you fuller for longer—so you don't crave a sugary snack mid-morning. "Add a teaspoon of quality maple syrup or brown sugar to your oats in the morning if you must, but natural fruit toppings such as blueberries, cranberries, and dried dates will provide you with enough sweetness, not to mention added antioxidants," says Kathy. "You can also pre-cook your oats and re-heat them in the microwave so you don't need to buy the instant kind! And if you don't like a sweet breakfast, cook your oats in low-sodium vegetable broth and eat them with avocado and a hard boiled egg. You'll get the perfect combination of fiber, carbohydrates, and healthy fat to start your day."

Oats are also a fantastic ingredient in DIY face masks. "Not only do oats make a great natural exfoliator, their anti-inflammatory properties make them perfect for combating acne and skin irritations such as eczema," says Kathy. “Combine your oats with milk—which is also a natural skin soother—and you have an ideal face cleanser for sensitive skin.”