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WHY YOU SHOULD SOAK AND RINSE YOUR OATS BEFORE EATING:

Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to feed my kids for breakfast and also for me to eat. It fills us up, is super cheap and yummy is a great for physique goals, and if prepared correctly is very healthy.

I adhere to a completely gluten free diet. Many ties there is cross-contamination of wheat and oats in farming practices and so, when I first started eating a gluten free diet in 2002, oats were out because nobody cared a toot about things being gluten free!

Now, there is no shortage of GF (the way the cool kids with digestive issues refer to “gluten free” foods) oats. BTW- the cheapest source for GF oats is Trader Joes.

So… Let’s talk about the way you prep your oats. I highly suggest that before you eat your oats that you soak them overnight and then rinse them. The steps look like this:

  1. Place uncooked oats in a dish and cover with water (Spring or purified is best).
  2. Place dish of soaked oats in the oven with the oven light on overnight. No heat- just the oven light will be enough.
  3. In the morning, rinse the oats.
  4. Prepare as normal- stove top or you can prep them for breaking down even more as overnight oats in the fridge.

WHY YOU SHOULD SOAK AND RINSE YOUR OATS BEFORE EATING:

  • They are way easier on your digestive system

    Soaking oats over night improves their digestibility improves greatly. Their starches break down which improves digestibility- this a big plus for people, like me that have a very hard time breaking down plant proteins. It also breaks down their natural phytic acid  and makes them more easily absorbed by your body. Rinsing after soaking gets rid of the phytic acid that was broken down and shed overnight.

  • They are Higher in Resistant Carbohydrats

    Foods higher in resistant starch help you feel more full and keep you cleaner with their higher fiber content. Resistant starch can help decrease insulin levels and keep your blood sugar more steady- avoiding that shakey hungry feeling.

Are you an oatmeal lover? Try this tip out and share it with a friend!

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