We like our kitchen staples to serve triple duty. It saves on cabinet and fridge space, sure, but more importantly, it keeps us from falling into a rut. Rolled oats are the perfect example. Oatmeal is tasty, but these little whole-grain wonders are much more versatile than you might think.
If images of major machinery come to mind when you hear the phrase “making flour,” don’t panic—we’re not suggesting you start your own milling plant. In fact, oat flour is only a quick spin in the blender away. We love subbing in oat flour for some or all of the all-purpose wheat flour in baking recipes. It works especially well in recipes that can afford to be a little more crumbly, like scones, biscuits, etc. but we also love it in cookies and even throw some in when we make whole grain bread.
Oats for dinner? Trust us on this one. Savory oatmeal is delicious and feels so gourmet, yet takes less than 20 minutes to whip up.
We cook the oats with water or milk or dairy alternative and a pinch of salt and pepper and then top with sautéed greens (whatever is in season—arugula, kale, chard, and collard greens all work well) and an over-easy or poached egg. You can also get creative and cook the oats with fresh or dried herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, or whatever other flavoring components you’re in the mood for or have on hand.
Smoothies are awesome, and anyone who follows us on Instagram knows we are fans. But the potential downside to fruit smoothies is that they don’t always keep you as full as a solid food meal, especially if they’re your post-workout fuel. Oats come to the rescue as a way to add whole grain fiber to a smoothie. Try blending 1/4 to 1/3 cup of rolled oats right into your next smoothie. They will keep you fuller longer and also deliver a majorly delicious, creamy consistency to smoothies.
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Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh are registered dietitians and the duo behind C&J Nutrition, a NYC-based nutrition consulting, communications, and workplace wellness company. These nutritionists share nutrition information in fun and practical ways that work with busy lifestyles. They're media spokespeople, featured in numerous health and lifestyle magazines, TV and web shows, and professional journals, and are contributing nutrition experts at SELF magazine. In addition to blogging for the Huffington Post, C&J Nutrition are the bloggers behind Bumble Bee Foods' Bee Delicious blog and are directors of nutrition at Healthy Kids Concepts. The duo delivers healthy eating inspiration on Instagram, providing a glimpse into what they eat each day and offers daily healthy eating tips via Facebook. Stephanie and Willow both love to cook, travel, and get outdoors. When they're not planning their next business adventure, you’ll probably find Stephanie showing her new daughter the DC sights or playing in her flag football league and Willow will likely be meandering around the Central Park reservoir or searching Manhattan for the least crowded tennis courts.
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