Oats: The grain of the Olympians

What’s common between Olympic Boxers, Cross country skiers, Swimmers and most successful Olympic athletes? They believe in eating oats as a part of their training routine. Indian Olympic badminton medalist – P.V Sindhu reportedly incorporated oats during her international tours, so did gymnast Simone Biles, Mary kom and many others.

Breakfast happens to be the most important meal of the day in our day-to-day life. When you’re an Olympian it becomes the most significant meal of the day. Olympians are required to consume a lot of healthy calories based on how hard they are training, how much energy they are likely to burn, and how heavy or light they need to be for competition.

A study states that athletes put in 10,000 hours of practice before competing. On average these athletes train for approximately 24-30 hours a week and take only one day off. While training is an important part of their lives, relaxing, getting enough sleep, massages and eating the right food and following a diet also contribute majorly to their success.

In recent interviews, when asked about their ideal breakfast choice a lot of Olympians stated that oatmeal is their go-to breakfast option. Why? Oatmeal is not only easy to make but also customisable as per taste and provides the right amount of protein, carbs and antioxidants. The fibre content in oatmeal makes it a filling meal without being high on calories, and that will keep one full for a couple of hours.

Here are some athletes who religiously include oatmeal in their diet to achieve the energy and nutrients required for their body to go through rigorous training while preparing for the competition.

1. Mary Kom Olympic boxer Mary Kom is yet another athlete who believes in the power of a filling yet healthy breakfast. She often begins her day with a bowl of fresh fruits, oatmeal porridge or healthy oatmeal pancakes. Source: https://food.ndtv.com/news/boxer-mary-kom-s-breakfast-at-the-tokyo-olympics-is-the-food-of-champions-2489995

2. Simone Biles Olympic gymnast Simone Biles said that she follows her intuition when it comes to food and that she does not track anything. But she majorly opts for oatmeal and fruits for her breakfast to keep her full while also keeping her weight and nutrition consumption in check.

Source: https://www.eatthis.com/news-best-breakfasts-olympic-athletes-eat/

3. Gabby Douglas Two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas mentioned in an interview that she begins her day with a bowl of oatmeal, banana and some tea.

Source: https://www.eatthis.com/news-best-breakfasts-olympic-athletes-eat/

4. Mia Manganello Another Olympic speed skater Mia Manganello keeps her diet pretty simple while making sure her body is supplied with the right amount of energy because speed skating is a very demanding sport and requires one to be physically strong. Her breakfast includes oatmeal and orange juice right before morning practice.

Source: https://www.delish.com/food-news/g4764/eat-like-an-olympian/

5. Katie Ledecky American swimmer Katie Ledecky eats a bowl of oatmeal with extra milk, peanut butter and fruit for that boost of extra energy and freshness. Source: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/1-food-eat-working-according-214013570.html&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1628842478571877&usg=AOvVaw0zAG85wWkGR2kOHLl_UXCn

It is pretty evident that oatmeal is becoming a people’s favourite with its innumerable benefits to one’s health. Oatmeal is nutrient and protein-rich, helps keep your blood sugar in check and also promotes weight loss. If you have been thinking of including oatmeal in your diet, this is the sign you are looking for!

Seven Things You Should Know About Oats

Did you know that 100 grams of oats can contain as much protein as 2 whole eggs? Or the fact that oats have a unique fibre called Beta Glucan that helps reduce bad cholesterol in your body?
Impressive nutritional content, unrivaled versatility, and its unique texture combined make oats a super-cereal. Fitness and health enthusiasts swear by its energy-boosting abilities, bakers use it as a healthier substitute for guilt-free desserts, some even incorporate oats as part of their skincare routine. The humble grain has far more uses than you can imagine. While it’s usually associated with just a regular ol’ bowl of porridge, this age old cereal has some interesting back-stories. If you’re a fan of oats (or not) here are seven things you should know about oats.

Seven Things You Should Know About Oats

1. All different types of oats have almost the same nutritional content

One of the most common misconceptions about oats is that people think that the nutritional content really varies based on the oat variant. This is actually a big fallacy with no proper evidence. In reality, these different types of oats only vary in texture based on how the oat grain is processed. However, this process does not change the nutritional content of the grain by any means.


2. An all-rounder for a healthy balanced diet

Yes! Oats contain all the nutrients for a healthy balanced meal and if you haven’t already made oats a go-to breakfast meal here’s your sign to do so. A half cup of oats contain the following nutrients:

  • Calories – 153
  • Carbohydrates – 27 g
  • Protein – 5.3 g
  • Fiber – 4.1 g
  • Fat – 2.6 g
  • Sugar – 0.4 g

In addition to these nutrients, oats come with a variety of other vitamins and minerals like:

  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate (Vitamin B9)
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Phosphorous
  • Molybdenum
  • Biotin

3. A grain with a long history

Research has proved that oats were cultivated around 9000 years ago along with other grains like barley, rye, flaxseeds, and wheat in Syria. This was during the Neolithic period which was the final stone age period that lasted from 10,000 – 4,500 B.C. This means that oats were one of the oldest grains ever to be grown by mankind. The relation between oats and the Chinese dates to as long as 7000 B.C as well

4. Healthy substitute for breadcrumbs

Rolled oats and instant oats work the best to create the outer covering for food like cutlets, acting as a substitute for breadcrumbs. These two types bind the food very well but also leave the food with a tender texture that is not tough to bite into. So, if you don’t have breadcrumbs in your pantry or are looking for a more healthy alternative, oats can come to your rescue.

5. Not just a cereal

 

Yes, you heard us right! Oats are not just a regular bowl of cereal. The grain is also used as fodder to feed farm animals. The fiber content of oats makes them the perfect food for poultry, cattle, horses, and young animals, unrivaled compared to other feeds. Not to mention its presence of crude protein which further marks it as a valuable choice for fodder.

6. There’s no gluten in it

A very common misconception about gluten is that people think it affects all people in general. But in fact, only people with gluten intolerance would face any adverse effects. Gluten is just a protein found in a majority of grain types. However, unlike most other grains, oats are naturally gluten-free. So oats fit for anyone; a person with gluten allergies or not. Do check for the “Gluten-Free” certification on your pack of oats.

7. Environmentally friendly

Superfoods are more than just healthy nutrients. People want them to be inexpensive, versatile and tasty, easy to prepare, won’t go bad easily or waste food- all while being environmentally responsible and productive in the agricultural system as well! Ticking these boxes is a big plus point for any food item these days since the increase in population and demand for more goods are raising concerns about sustainability.

For instance, many food items are often imported, which causes an economic and environmental burden. This transportation method apparently contributes a significant amount to greenhouse gas production- as much as 11% of all pollution coming from the food system!

Oats are a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option compared to other types of grains. They can be grown locally, require fewer resources to produce, help the soil stay in place rather than eroding away like some of their counterparts do.

Knowing its potential, we always try to show you that oats can be so much more than a regular bowl of cereal. So we hope that this blog has given you a new perspective on the versatile grain.

Healthy Choco-Oats Tea Cake Recipe by Coach Urmi Kothari

When someone says ‘oats’ we usually think of the sad old bowl of porridge which we usually gulp down hesitantly. We all know oats are healthy, but when it comes to taste, few of us believe it can be a tasty meal option too.

Full of fibre, protein and essential micronutrients like iron, magnesium and calcium, it’s a grain that’s very versatile. And no, you don’t always need to stick to the classic oats and milk combination. Right from oats-chocolate smoothies to cakes, pizza bases, roti and even other favourites like pancakes, dhokla and chivda, oats can effortlessly be incorporated into any of your favourite dishes.

Here’s a quick healthy Choco-Oats Tea Cake recipe by Coach Urmi to help you snack healthier and add a touch of oats’ health benefits to your diet.

Healthy Oats Tea Cake
      • 1 cup Oateo Oat Flour (I have blended Oateo Rolled oats to get the flour consistency)
      • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking powder
      • 1/2 Melted Baking Chocolate
      • 3 Pitted Dates
      • 1-2 Ripe Bananas
      • 2 Whole Eggs
      • 1 cup Coconut Milk
      • Chopped nuts (almonds)
      • For icing (optional)
      • Peanut butter (homemade is healthier)
      • Baking chocolate or buttons
    For icing (optional)
    • Peanut butter (homemade is healthier)
    • Baking chocolate or buttons
Method
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients
  2. Blend all wet ingredients together with mashed banana
  3. Mix the dry to the wet ingredients
  4. Line the baking vessel with coconut oil or butter and pour half the batter.
  5. Sprinkle nuts and pour the remaining batter.
  6. Preheat oven for 12 min at 180 degrees.
  7. Bake the batter for 30-40 min.
  8. Meanwhile Blend the chocolate and roasted peanuts together till they become a paste.
  9. Stick a fork through it to check if it’s cooked all the way through.
  10. Let it cool and then cover the cake with the icing.
Voila your healthy oats cake is ready!
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Gooey Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Who doesn’t love a gooey chocolate chip cookie? It’s one treat that has that instant ‘feel-good’ factor, no matter the time of the day. And if we are talking about oatmeal cookies, it has all the delicious goodness with the added fibre and micro-nutrients of oats.

A popular theory suggests that oatmeal cookies originated from oatcakes that soldiers used to carry with them for an energy boost during battle. Oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s. And because of the ingredients that can be found in every layman’s kitchen, they will be around for generations to come.

The nutrients of the fibre rich oats along with some delicious chocolate chips make it gooey on the inside and crunchy chewy on the outside. Just like Oatmeal, chocolates are said to be rich in antioxidants. Apart from its mouth-watering twist and dopamine-inducing properties, did you know that chocolate helps in reducing the chances of having a stroke? Considered as one of the healthiest cookies-Choco-oatmeal cookies also have a lower calorie count.

You can always add some delicious nuts and berries or a bit of peanut butter or Nutella to suit your sweet tooth. But if you’re looking for the classic version here’s a quick recipe for Choco-Oatmeal Cookies. So grab a tall glass of milk and let’s get baking!

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Strawberry Tart Recipe

There are days when you just feel like indulging in something delicious and nothing satiates sweet cravings better than a delicious tart. Everything looks irresistible when there are fresh strawberries in your dessert. This decadent fruit can take your love for dessert indulgence to a different level altogether.

Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, manganese, and are rich in antioxidants that benefit heart health and control blood sugar levels. The gooey, delicious white chocolate is also a great source of antioxidants and. Studies have shown that white chocolate has the properties to improve liver health by increasing blood flow. And who doesn’t love the rush of those happy hormones after eating some comforting bites of chocolates?

Over the years, pastry chefs and home bakers have switched to oatmeal to add that extra punch of health and crunch to the tart base. Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants and soluble fibre that aids digestion helps lower cholesterol and satiates your cravings. When oatmeal and strawberries are paired with chocolate it offers a heavenly delight without taking a toll on your health and body.

When ingredients like strawberries, white chocolate, and Oateo oats are combined to make a tart it is not only a burst of sweet and tangy flavours and delight but also a guilt-free dessert solution. So grab a spoon and enjoy this blissful dessert with a delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Say ‘Yes’ to better skincare with Oat Flour

Want better skin? Try these simple ‘Oat Flour Hacks’

Here we are in the middle of the scorching summers and all we can crave for at the end of the day is a long cold shower. Your bath routine helps promote better circulation, relaxes your body to build a better sleep cycle, encourages mindfulness, and helps clear up any congestion that could build-up due to common colds and allergies.

Keeping that in mind, the way to achieve the relaxation you deserve is to treat yourself using the right oils and exfoliants. This summer, take a peek into your kitchen and find this ingredient from your breakfast to relax and unwind: Make yourself an oatmeal bath and give your skin that nourishing summer glow.

Oatmeal is an extremely effective exfoliant for your skin. A lot of beauty and skincare products contain oatmeal given its soothing and calming properties. It forms a protective barrier that helps heal skin conditions and prevent loss of moisture from the skin, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Suitable for all skin types Oatmeal has soap-like properties, thereby cleansing the skin thoroughly without stripping off the natural oils. Here are a few skincare benefits that this super grain can offer.

While there are plenty of ways to enjoy this pulpy fruit, there’s nothing like a chilled mango smoothie on a hot summer day. Here’s a quick recipe to make the most of mango season before it’s gone.

  • Maintains the normal pH balance of the skin
  • Soothes dry skin, rashes, and irritation of the skin.
  • Reduces the histamine release responsible and helps prevent allergic reactions.
  • Maintains the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
  • Keep pores free of impurities.

Apart from the overall skin benefits that Oatmeal helps treat some specific skin conditions and offers instant relief.

Eczema:

Many have recorded vast improvements in their eczema after using oatmeal. Regular application of oatmeal masks or scrubs is proved to be an effective method to treat skin problems as its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help repair the skin. An Oatmeal bath can relieve you from dry skin and itchiness which are common symptoms among those suffering from this eczema.

Sunburn:

One of the main concerns that most people have during summers is the risk of exposing your skin to the scorching heat leaving you with sunburnt skin. Sunburns tend to leave the skin red and irritated and an oatmeal bath can help relieve it. A calming bath soaked with colloidal oats soothes your skin immediately.

Hives:

Before you run off to the chemist in search of a soothing ointment for those itchy hives, try out the calming Oatmeal bath. A cold water bath mixed with colloidal oatmeal or uncooked oatmeal helps give relief to the troubling and intense itching that hives can cause.

How to make yourself an Oatmeal Bath?

There are a number of ways Oatmeal can be used in your bathing routine. Here are 2 ways how you can use Oatmeal in your soothing bath routine.

1. Oatmeal scrub
  • Soak ½ cup of Oat flour with lukewarm water to get a smooth paste-like mixture
  • Apply this scrub all over your body and exfoliate in gentle circular motions for a few minutes and then wash it off.
2. Oatmeal Bath
  • Sprinkle some Oat Flour under running lukewarm water as the tub fills.
  • Soak yourself in for water for 15-20 minutes.
  • After the bath, gently pat yourself dry leaving your skin damp.
  • Apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer immediately to your damp skin.
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Get Summer Ready with This Easy Mango-Oatmeal Smoothie

Being in a lockdown doesn’t have to be boring. The king of fruits is back and we tell you easy ways to slice it, juice it, puree it and smoothie it – with some Oateo Oats.

Anyone living in India would attest that we have only three seasons – summer, monsoons, and a two-week winter if we are lucky. In a city jostling for space, very few things excite us about summer – aam aka mangoes is one such thing.

The golden fruit makes its first appearance towards the end of March just when the weather is transitioning to a more temperate one. Mustachioed men with baskets-full of mangoes, each crooning to their own version of aam lelo begin marching on the streets enticing passersby with its sweet aroma, and so begins the reign of the king of fruits.

While A fruit that’s believed to have hundreds of variations, 280 of which come from India alone, it is held dearly across the world. Loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, and fibre, it’s also a preferred ingredient in smoothies, milkshakes, and preserves.

While there are plenty of ways to enjoy this pulpy fruit, there’s nothing like a chilled mango smoothie on a hot summer day. Here’s a quick recipe to make the most of mango season before it’s gone.


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The Only Haleem Recipe You Need This Eid

Year after year we look forward to the decadent spreads of Eid. Kebabs, nihari, biryani, sheer-paratha, the list of favourites is endless if you ask us.

However, there’s one dish that makes it to every celebratory table during Ramadan and Eid without fail – Haleem. The thick gruel that is usually made out of grains, meat and lard is delicious in every way. Historically, it is believed that haleem was the respite for the poor man back during the Mughal era in India.

While the rich could afford ghee (clarified butter), expensive nuts and dried fruit, the poor only had access to meat since livestock was abundant. So instead of ghee soaked kebabs, the ingenuity of a local shopkeeper in old Delhi’s bazaars gave birth to Haleem. Slow cooked in huge handis (vessels) for upto 16-18 hours, haleem is the humble mix of easily found grains, spices and meat that can be topped with fried onions and a splash of lime juice.

The result is a mouth-watering porridge-like dish that is full of umami from the meat and the gentle aroma of spices. While it is usually sold by the kilo during the festive season, most of us might have to give our favourite haleem stalls a miss this year. But there’s no need to worry, because we have the recipe to recreate those flavours at home while giving it a healthy touch!

Recipe

Oats Mutton Haleem

(For 4 servings)

Ingredients
  • One cup mixed daal (tur daal, masoor daal, chana daal, udad daal)
  • Half cup rice Two cups Oateo Instant Oats
  • Half kg chicken
  • 2 tbsp ginger/garlic paste
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp haldi
  • 4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 whole lime juice
  • 2 medium sized chopped onions
  • 3 medium sized chopped tomatoes
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp pure ghee
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
For garnishing
  • Fried onions/barista
  • Finely chopped cucumber, raw mango, coriander leaves, mint leaves and lemon juice.
Recipe:
  1. Wash and soak the mix daal and rice in one and a half glass of water for an hour.
  2. Boil chicken with one tsp salt and one tsp ginger garlic paste. Keep the stock aside and shred the chicken, making it boneless.
  3. Boil the daal/rice with one tsp salt and haldi powder.
  4. In a big wok, heat oil. Add cumin seeds and green chillies. When it splutters, add in the chopped onions and fry till golden brown.
  5. Add in ginger garlic paste and saute till it leaves a nice aroma. Add in all the masalas, except garam masala powder and kasuri methi. Cover and saute for 2 minutes on low flame.
  6. Add in the chopped tomatoes and fry for a minute more. Now add in the boiled daal+chicken+ stock+ oats+lemon juice. Mix really well, top to bottom. Add two glasses of water and allow it cook on low flame.
  7. Heat the pure ghee separately and fry in garam masala powder and kasuri methi. Add this to the cooking halim.
  8. In a serving dish, take a helping of the halim and garnish it with all the ingredients mentioned above.

5 Oatmeal Recipes We Bet You Didn’t Know About

With a global pandemic at hand, most of us are constantly attempting to keep the taste buds happy while also looking out for our health. It is a known fact that oatmeal is healthy, this superfood is extremely high in protein and fibre. Having said that, most people avoid eating oats because of the common misconception of it being boring. While traditionally not a lot of experimentation has been done with Oatmeal, here are 5 Oatmeal recipes we bet you didn’t know about.

1. Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Pudding

Image Credit: The oatmeal Artist

Don’t we all love a little sweet treat? Adding a healthy dose to one of the most beloved dessert elements- chocolate, here’s the Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Pudding. Combining good old fashioned oats with delicious chocolates and spicing it up with some spicy flavours of cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper, this dessert definitely gives you a ride through the mexican cuisine. Add in some chocolates or cocoa powder as per your liking and mix it up using some almond milk depending on the consistency you prefer.

2. No bread oatmeal french toast

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Just as surprised as we are? Yes you read it right, you can now make a NO BREAD oatmeal french toast and make your breakfast twice as healthy! Just add oats and salt to some boiling water in a saucepan and let it cook. Pour it into a baking tray or a pan and let it set. Place the slices of oatmeal ‘bread’ into the pan and cook until golden brown. Once ready, the oat squares get nice and crisp on the outside, while still being soft and creamy on the inside and top them up with your favourite toppings.

3. Oatmeal Walnut ladoo

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Here’s a healthy alternative to your favourite laddoo that is sure to leave you astound. An Oatmeal walnut ladoo is not just health boosting but is also power packed with the sweet and nutty flavours of roasted oats and walnuts. Add in a little milk and ghee to develop a thick consistency and then make balls out of the mixture. You can also add in chunks of other dry fruits such as cashew, almonds and raisins as per your preference. Try these oatmeal walnut laddoos and give your celebrations a healthy touch.

4. Butter Oat Prawns

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Oats and Prawns? Yes we know how it sounds. Butter oat prawns is a dish made of deep fried prawns combined with stir fried crispy oats and sometimes cornflakes. As absurd as this may sound, the taste is a wonderful combination of sweet, savoury, creamy and a tad spicy. A unique way of enjoying prawns, this is a very simple dish to prepare. All you seafood lovers sure ought to give it a try.

5. Oats Pizza

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And last but not the least, Oats pizza is a nourishing tweaked version of the renowned Italian pizza. The base is made of powdered rolled oats, a tiny portion of whole wheat flour and little oil. Another baffling fact about this Indian style bhakri pizza is that it does not contain any maida or cheese. Topped with delicious veggies, this dish is antioxidant-rich and fibre. Want to watch you physique and eat your favourite pizza, make yourself this delicious oats pizza.

Grab A Cup of Steel Cut Oats to get ripped like The Falcon

We’ve all wondered how stars manage to keep looking their best at all times. While their chiseled abs, bulging biceps might look like a a generic wonder, there’s a lot of hard work that goes behind the making of their physique.

In a recent interview with Men’s Health avengers actor Anthony Mackie aka The Falcon revealed an interesting hack to remain in shape and achieve a chiseled look.

The actor who recently starred in the digital adaptation of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier spoke about eating Steel Cut oats as a source of healthy carbs among other things that were a part of his diet regimen.

Mackie, who’s known for his power packed roles in the Marvel franchise explained how the steel cut oats help him stay energetic for his early morning workouts and power through the day.

He also spoke about benefits of staying hydrated and of course, couple the healthy meals with a befitting workout routine.

If you’re looking to get that Falcon bulk, here’s an interesting recipe you can try using Oateo Steel Cut Oats.


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