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Food : Oats in the Nick of Time

You know how some days you just don't feel like driving out to buy lunch, breakfast? I had a day like that yesterday. After a rather heavy vegetarian meal for breakfast/lunch, hunger hit me hard and fast around 1.30pm, and I just had a whole bunch of things to do...well, better things to do than to take that 15 - 20 minutes to drive out to get food.

Instead of indulging in bread with PB&J ( weakness! LOL), I decided to make something simple with what I already have stacked up in the fridge. Oats.

I know what some of you are thinking BUT it doesn't have to be as bad as some people make it out to be, really. Because oats is so versatile (read : generally tasteless), you can literally do quite about anything with it!

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You can bake a banana oats bar, a banana oatmeal pie, quickly put together an oatmeal breakfast, make your kids oatmeal-packed pancakes, or take the cue from these 24 different oatmeal recipes from Delish! For me, as a child, the only way I've experienced oatmeal was for it to be a little on the sweet side, never salty, so, I was caught by surprise when I saw some people putting anything from Marmite (Vegemite) to Soy sauce into their oat meals and I was like RRREEAAALLLLYYY???!!! Whatever, call me curious. XD But soy MILK, yes. In which case, you can try this Honey & Apple Cinnamon overnight oats recipe.

It seems as though oats is quite the fad too, something I don't quite understand just yet (because it's been around for the longest time), the same way I don't understand the avocado toast fad (ewww...I just don't like them. No explanation...hahaha). Or maybe I just don't have the time for fads.
Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They're a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease -
For me, I kept things simple with instant oats. All you need is:-

  • Instant oats
  • Hot water
  • Honey
  • Toasted almond or other nuts
  • Milo (or chocolate powder or its equivalent)
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
Usually, I will use either the raisins or the honey because, you know, diabetes and fat, so, today, I chose honey over raisins, and since I've run out of bananas, hungry beggars can't be choosers. Because of the lack of ingredients and initiative (to run out to the store to get those damn bananas), this didn't make it to my cooking blog. 

It would be just perfect if only I had grabbed those damn car keys and run out for a bunch of bananas. =( XD

Have a fab Friday, folks!


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