|Simple, overnight soaked oats: ready when you are|
Simple breakfasts are often the best. Soaked, overnight oatmeal, topped with just a few real ingredients, is at the top of my list. It’s at the top of my kids’ list too. Last time I made this, my oldest got off her stool, walked over to me, and hugged me from behind. She was that happy about warm oatmeal in the morning.
Oats, comforting oats
Growing up, I normally ate the packets of instant oatmeal. I loved those, because I loved sugar. Occasionally we would have real oatmeal in a pot, and I loved that even more. Swimming in milk, cinnamon and raisins, it was such a comfort. My girls and I like to top our oatmeal with butter or cream, toasted walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. They have a bowl or two; I stick to a small serving alongside my eggs.
|The breakfast that guarantees hugs from my daughters|
What is phytic acid?
As I’ve learned more about food and health over the years, I have realized that it is important to soak your oats before cooking them. Since oats are grains, and grains are seeds, they contain something called phytic acid. This phytic acid prevents your body from absorbing certain nutrients such as iron, zinc and calcium. The phytic acid can also cause digestive upset.
Oats are a traditional food, but much of the traditional wisdom has been forgotten as we’ve handed over our breakfast options to cereal manufacturers. Now people are starting to relearn the traditional ways of preparing food. Oatmeal is no exception.
|My oats, after soaking them overnight|
How to soak
Now, it’s your turn
Plan ahead and grab your ingredients
|After a long soak, they’re ready in five.|