With all the talk about ancient grains, it reminded us of the sweet, humble oat. Remember when oats were the healthy “it” food in everyone’s bowl?
Oats still are the perfect breakfast food. They’re full of fiber and B vitamins and studies have long shown they keep you full throughout the morning and help you eat less at lunch.
But we have a hack that makes the mighty oat even more nutritious.
Oats contain the highest amounts of phytic acid, of any grain, and this “anti- nutrient” can actually block mineral absorption and make some people feel bloated.
Not to fear: one simple step—soaking your oats overnight—will make them more digestible and keep your body’s mineral reserves intact.
Prior to WWII, everyone soaked their oats, and up until the 1950s, the recipe directions on Quaker Oats boxes called for it. And then convenience got the best of us, and we lost this tradition to instant oatmeal packets.
All you need to bring back this health-supportive step is to put your oats in a bowl and cover them with an equal amount of warm water. By the morning they will look a little plumper and cook up in about five minutes. And it works for all varieties from oat groats to steel-cut to rolled oats.
The hardest part about this healthy habit is remembering to do it at night. But once you’ve got it down, you can check out more recipes such as the Baked Oatmeal below for inspiration on what to do with your healthier oats. Yes, to savory Sriracha oatmeal with an egg on top!