Recently a few of my coaching clients came to me with the question if oats or carbs, in general, are healthy. And the answer is yes. Although I don’t eat much oats or carbs, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them either.
We are all unique individuals with different needs of energy throughout the day and that’s why I love to coach people 1:1 and see what works best for them. While I thrive on my green smoothies for breakfast, some people just need that bit more energy.
Carbohydrates have gained a bad reputation over the past few years. More and more people are steering away from grains and carbs. While this can be very beneficial for those who have grain allergies or intolerances, some people just need carbs to get them through the day.
Not all carbs are created equally
Our body needs carbohydrates as a source of energy. Processed and refined carbs have lost many of their fiber and should not be consumed. These empty calories are stripped of their essential nutrients and fiber. Fiber-rich carbs, such as beans, whole grains, veggies, and fruits, are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream and don’t cause sugar spikes and give you a stuffed feeling over longer periods of time.
Oats with fresh fruits, nuts, and cultured yogurt (dairy or dairy-free) or green smoothie oat bowls are one of my favorites high-energy breakfasts for the tougher days, They are great if you need tons of energy to do your job.
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Healthy benefits of oats
Always opt for organic whole grain oats that are the least processed and without sugar-laden add-ins (steel-cut type is best). Oats are packed with fiber, complex carbohydrates, manganese, vitamin B1, magnesium, and complete protein.
- Oats fill you up
- Prevent overeating or binge eating
- May reduce cholesterol levels
- Diabetes-friendly, stabilize blood sugar level
- Heart healthy
- Reduce blood pressure
- Support digestive tract
- Boost weight loss
Take home message
The best way to include carbs into your diet is through eating more fruit and vegetables. Include complex carbohydrates like oats, quinoa, whole grain bread, or brown rice when needed. But avoid having them at every meal. Best is to have them for breakfast or lunch to make sure your body is going to turn them into energy instead of storing them as fat.
Oats and other grains have an acidifying effect on the body. Although oats are healthy and weight loss-friendly, you should still eat them in moderation to reap the benefits. CLICK HERE to learn more about the importance of alkalizing your body for overall health and weight loss.
Thanks for reading. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.