Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Most Heart-Healthy Foods in the world

Whole grains are really good for you, oats are among the most heart-healthy foods in the world. 

Gives you energy: Is know to be a powerhouse of energy to fuel your body more efficiently.

Keeps hunger away : Oatmeal helps people feel more satisfied and full, therefore eating less throughout the day which aids in weight loss efforts. 

Lowers Cholesterol : It has been proven that oat contain a special fiber known as beta-glucan that helps stabilize cholesterol levels. 

Diabetes Best friend : This would be a great food option for you. Eating oats helps to spread the rise of blood sugar over a longer period of time, helping to prevent sugar spikes and crashes. As a soluble fiber, it can help maintain stable blood sugar levels because it slows down the absorption of sugars during digestion. This helps to control glucose and insulin levels.

Constipation is a problem for you ?  Start adding oat to you diet every day and drink plenty of water. This sould help to improve bowel function and help you stay more regular.

Delicious recipes 

Banana Oat Bars (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

Makes 9 bars

1 cup dates, finely chopped
3 (very ripe) bananas, mashed
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (get certified GF to keep it GF)
1/2 cup oat flour (if you don’t have oat flour, just blend some oats in your blender until it is a fine flour)
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or baking oil of choice
Optional add-ins*:  raisinsCacao Nibswalnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish with parchment paper.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Transfer the mixture into a baking dish and using the back of a wooden spoon or a spatula, press the mixture down well.  Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until the top is just starting to get golden brown.  Allow to cool before slicing into 9 squares.  These can also be cut into granola bar shapes if you prefer.  I like these best stored in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!
*I didn’t try any of these add-ins, but I think they’d be delicious.

Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars


1 cup Almond Butter

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)

2 cups Old fashioned oats

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped nutsraisins, or dried cranberries

1 1/4 cups Cacao Nibs (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove. {Watch this closely. Mine started to burn!}

Remove from heat once it’s melted together and add in the oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, nuts/raisins, and vanilla. Stir together until the chocolate is completely melted.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and cool in the fridge. If you’d like thicker bars, you can pour the mixture into a smaller pan.

When the mixture is hardened, cut into bars and eat. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

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