There was a time (sadly) when I thought that wholegrain oats were the devil. Fat inducing devil type food. Even though I knew they satiated me perfectly, that must mean that they were fattening.
Goodness. Gracious. Me.
With that type of thinking you’re bound to head to the dumps-ville (and quickly).
Food rigidity is (fast) becoming the hot topic on the radar for wellness blogger, nutritionists, coaches and anyone else in the wellness sphere (thankfully). Having been there honey, I can say that deciding to empower yourself first and foremost is the key to transforming your body.
The realistic news is this: oats are full to the brim of amazing nutrients which (if you can tolerate oats) your body will love. A google search will bring up many good reasons why oats are good for you (I’m not entirely into providing all the micro nutrients and why you need them- does that really matter most to you anyway?).
But here is the mindset shift here: Start saying yes to foods which you enjoy eating. Good or bad. Give yourself permission to eat in a way that serves you, your heart and your soul.
As for worrying about spiralling out of control….read here for some tips of emotional eating. While I reference children in the post linked, these entirely apply to adults too. We are all cut from the same cloth.
I hope you start munching away on oats, if you have had a fear of them, but secretly love them (and wished you ‘could’ eat them again).
Classic Bircher Muesli
1 cup whole grain oats
1 cup almond milk (or other nut milk)
1/4- 1/2 cup natural/ greek yoghurt/ coconut yoghurt (unsweetened)
1 heaped tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large grated green apple, plus extra to serve
Squeeze of lemon juice
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (optional)
Place all of the ingredients into large bowl and stir to combine. Add the lemon juice to prevent the apple for browning. Soak overnight for best results. Add the additional yoghurt if you want your bircher to be more ‘wet’. Add the rice malt syrup if you like a sweeter bircher (especially if you are used to using apple juice instead of the nut milk).
In the morning add more yoghurt if you desire, and top with think slices of apple or extra grated apple. Delicious topped with some nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or macadamias), a few medjool dates (chopped) or a drizzle of rice malt syrup. Serves 2-3 people.