Keeping on track with Whites Oats
09 February 2017
We’ve arrived at that time of year again when the dark mornings and the short days seem never ending and those New Year health and fitness resolutions are somewhat of a distant memory. It’s all too easy to jump ship and abandon those good intentions but let’s not forget, you’ve done the hard work- in deciding to run the Belfast City Marathon.
With just over 3 months to go, staying motivated and on track with your fitness and nutritional plan is Key as we countdown the months to May 1st. Oats are a natural superfood and provide those all-important and essential nutrients- vitamins, minerals, complex slow releasing carbohydrates, protein and energy to support and enhance your training and performance. But that’s not all:-
- Oats wonderfully versatile
From mueslis and granolas to overnight oats, smoothies and protein balls, no two breakfasts need ever be the same again, helping you to not only tailor but also enhance your nutritional meal plan.
- Oats support healthy weight loss
Oats have what is known as a ‘low glycaemic index’, which means glucose is released into the blood stream slowly and evenly throughout the day, helping to avoid the temptation of over snacking and putting on weight.
In addition, oats are a low density food which means that we can eat more of it and still consume fewer calories. A hearty and filling bowl of porridge contains only 148 calories.
- Oats are great for mood and skin
Oats contain a host of natural vitamins and mineral. They are rich in vitamin B6 which is needed to produce serotonin (‘the happy hormone’ that helps us feel good!). And, if we’re feeling good we’re going to be more motivated to get outdoors and train.
- Oats are an excellent source of good carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are still one of our major food groups, vital for giving us energy and not all carbs are bad! Once chosen wisely then, carbohydrates can help to maintain and sustain energy levels during exercise.
Choosing fibre-rich sources of slow release complex carbohydrate like whole grains, as well as from food sources such as oats, should make up about 40-50% of your daily nutritional meal intake.
- Oats are rich in nutrients enhancing the immune system
Oats are a natural super-food which means that, in addition to being nutritious, they also offer the body a number of distinct health benefits. Oats because they contain 100% wholegrain are good sources of nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc antioxidants and phytochemicals - a powerhouse package of nutrients which supports optimum immune function and helps keep winter bugs at bay.
Try Whites Oats today and enjoy oats from one of Ireland’s oldest millers. Established in Tandragee, in Co. Armagh 1841, Whites Oats have been milling for over 175 years so there’s not much they don’t know when it comes to making the perfect bowl of porridge!