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We have a hack that makes the mighty oat even more nutritious.
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Adopt this nighttime ritual to smooth out your morning routine
 
 
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With all the talk last week 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 show 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.
 
 
 
 

a whopping 836% more iron is absorbed when
phytic acid is removed from oats
.
 
 
 
 
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. Scroll down for a simple recipe to get you started.

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 for inspiration on what to do with your healthier oats. Yes, to savory Sriracha oatmeal with an egg on top.
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TRADITIONALLY PREPARED SOAKED OATMEAL
             
Makes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS
:
1 cup rolled organic oats (not quick oats)
1 cup filtered water
2 tbsp acidic medium (eg: yogurt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, buttermilk)
½ tsp unrefined sea salt

 
1. Add 1 cup of oats, water, and the acidic medium into a glass bowl and stir well. Cover and let it sit overnight on the counter (at least 7-8 hours).

2. In the morning add another 1 cup of filtered water and the unrefined sea salt, stir well. ***Note - if you feel the oatmeal is too sour, you can rinse the oats before adding the additional 1 cup of water, but this is not necessary.

3. Heat to a low simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

Recipe from Nourishing Tradition via wholelifestylenutrition.com
         
 
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