Rolled oats are considered a whole grain. They do contain small traces of gluten, but there are some like the ones I purchased from Trader Joe's that are gluten free. Why should you purchase rolled oats versus instant oats? Well I am glad you asked! Here is why:
- Rolled oats contain all parts of the grain, hence the term I used whole grain. They contain the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Which means that all essential vitamins like many of B vitamins and many minerals are in each individual oat. Unlike instant oats which are missing 2 parts of the oats. This means nutrients is missing. Rolled oats are nutrient dense, which is how you should be looking at food, whether it contains good nutrients for you or not. Our body functions due to proper quality vitamin and mineral intake.
- FIBER! We don't eat enough fiber. There is a recommend daily amount of fiber we should be eating, but in my opinion we can definitely eat more. There is no harm in eating a lot of fiber. Actually the more fiber the overall better health, but the fiber should be coming from food. We don't digest fiber, but it does wonderful things for our bodies. Like help to remove the bad cholesterol from our bodies, expands the stomach to feel full without eating a lot, and helps to regulate bowel movements.
- Less processed. Instant oats are highly processed and contain very little nutrients. Rolled oats are dense in nutrients and you want to eat a nutrient dense diet. This means that your diet is highly concentrated in essential good for you nutrients, like vitamins and minerals. Also since they aren't a highly processed whole grain they help to reduce blood sugar spikes, which instant oats definitely cause a high spike in blood sugar.
Those are just a few reasons why rolled oats should be a part of your breakfast routine.
Yields 1 8 oz serving
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
A pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Milk, Nut Milk, Water or Greek Plain Yogurt (I recommend milk and water)
Place all the ingredients in a mason jar or a container.
Add the liquid to almost fill to the top, leave a little bit of space.
Seal and shake to combine.
Place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or best overnight.
Ready to go in the morning and add some extra garnish if you'd like of coconut flakes or raisins.
Serve and enjoy!