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Cereals, grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables make a nutritious daily diet. There are a number of varieties available in each category. Consuming these helps to maintain a healthy life. When grains are refined, the “bran” and the “germ” are removed, reducing the nutrient content of the grain. That’s why it is better to consume a whole grain which contains all three parts of the grain –Bran, Endosperm and Germ. Choosing a product of 100% whole grain has powerful health benefits with large quantities of vitamins, minerals and fibre as compared to processed products like refined flours and cereals.
Consuming whole grains in a balanced amount is an important part of a healthy diet. Having 3 servings of whole grains daily is required to fulfil the fibre requirement of the body.
Oats are a great type of whole grain. Here are three reasons why you should include oats as part of your daily diet:
Oats are one of the most versatile whole grains. Oats can be enjoyed as delicious oatmeal porridge with toppings like walnuts, raisins, dates, almonds and your favourite fruits or as an ingredient in your regular foods like idli, paranthas, soups, lassi, sandwiches and more! As the summer season is approaching, here is a simple recipe to quench your thirst.
Oats And Spinach Masala Buttermilk
Oats- ½ cup
Hot water – ¾ cup
Ice cold water- 1 cup
Blanched spinach- ¼ cup
Yoghurt- 1 and ½ cup
Roasted jeera powder – 1 Tsp
Rock salt – ¼ tsp
Paprika (Optional) -1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Soak oats in hot water for 2-3 min. Mix to form a smooth mixture.
Put the spinach leaves and soaked oats in a blender and blend till smooth.
Mix in yoghurt, cold water and spices. Blend for another 30 secs.
Garnish with a dash of paprika and serve immediately.
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