For the first time in nearly 5 weeks, this morning I was struck down by a case of writers block. I HATE that feeling of looking despairingly at a blank screen thinking “what on EARTH am I going to write”.
So, I took off to the kitchen, did some dishes, made some breakfast, poured myself a coffee and thought about a good topic. I am clearly having one of those indecisive kinds of days, because I was looking around for breakfast possibilities and I was going through the usual list. Cereal, Toast, Eggs. Nothing really lit my fire. So, I thought “Oats. That will do”.
Aha! My neurons began firing and I thought “I wonder what oats can do for us?” Off to do some online research. (Isn’t Google utterly fabulous?!)
We all know that Oats are a great source of fibre. Apparently, because it is a source of soluble fibre it promotes heart health, but it is also a source of insoluble fibre and that helps the old digestive system. These things can seriously pack a punch!
Oats are carbohydrates with a low Glycaemic Index which means they provide a source of slow burning energy. You basically get more bang for your calories. As they fill you up, it can really help with weight control. They are also wholegrains. Wholegrains are AWESOME for the body. Great for anti-cancer and anti-heart disease diets, and the best thing is, it doesn’t matter how you eat them. Just eat them. Quick oats, pin oats, instant oats, rolled oats, they are ALL oats.
Oats have been proven to reduce blood cholesterol, they contain loads of vitamins and minerals (including being a fabulous source of manganese) and to boot they are convenient and quick. What is there not to love!
Oats are frugal and a great way of adding texture to food; they work in meat dishes, pancakes, muffins, breads, all kinds of things to make the expensive ingredients go that bit further.
Oats can also make an appearance in your beauty routine. It is a gentle exfoliant, so if you put a teaspoon of oats in some facewash all those dead skin cells which make your skin look a little dull will come sloughing off and you will look radiant! Also, if you or your children are suffering with a rash or itchy skin (like eczema, chicken pox, nappy rash, all of the above – poor kid!) you can make a bath bag using a muslin cloth. In the middle of the cloth, put a tablespoon of oats, gather the cloth up and secure it with string or an elastic band, and then put it under the taps so the oats gets wet. The bath water will get a little milky, and it is that substance which will help the itches go away. After the bath has been run, put the parcel in the water, and even dab the bag on the itchy bits to get the most out of it.
I am quite pleased with that for a day with writers block! Off to plan the rest of the weeks blogs!