Oat Cuisine

I eat porridge for breakfast quite regularly and I had it again today.  There are many health and weight loss benefits to eating porridge, assuming of course you do not make it with cream and then smother it with sugar!

Oats are a healthy addition to your diet:

  • Oats are high in dietary fibre which can help reduce cholesterol.
  • They are a low fat and low sugar source of fibre and protein.
  • Oats are a good source of minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese).
  • And a useful source of many of the B Vitamins.

Oats are good when you are losing weight because:

  • They are low in calories relative to their bulk which means they fill you up but do not contain a high proportion of your daily calorie allowance.
  • They have a reasonable glycaemic index (GI) which means they release energy slowly which provides you with energy for a longer period of time.  This helps you feel full for longer so you are less likely to head for an unhealthy snack.
  • If you eat them with protein they have an even better GI.

This morning I had 50 g Jumbo Oats, 140 ml soya milk, 1 tsp Chia seeds, a banana and a tbsp of hazelnut butter.  11 WW points.

I really like this nut butter and it seems to go with everything.  Hazlenuts are a source of healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils, protein and several minerals including magnesium and vitamins including Vitamin E and K.  So eating Oats and hazelnuts, with some milk for calcium and fruit for vitamin C and you have a really healthy start to the day 🙂

I had a busy morning so lunch was rather unimaginative.  I popped potatoes in the oven so we could have jacket potatoes.  Jacket Potatoes always seem like an Autumn and Winter thing to eat because in the summer we tend to eat new potatoes which are not so good for baking.  The boys had sausages and although I bought good quality sausages (and I love sausages) I decided to resist them and have something lower fat.  I had tuna, with a level tbsp mayonnaise with lettuces, rocket and spinach from the garden and tomatoes.  I put 1 tsp butter on one potato half and had about 15 g Salad cream on the side.  This was a very high point lunch!  The potato and tuna were 8 points each and the meal total was 21 points !!!!  Just half a potato next time I think.

It was a bit boring but tasted fine and was very easy to prepare and virtually no clearing away – big bonus.  The lettuces and rocket have such a wonderful flavour, I really enjoy them at this time of year.  So unfortunately do all the caterpillars, slugs and snails which are busy munching their way through my garden!

By late afternoon I was feeling very “picky” i.e. I wanted to pick at something.  I tried resisting for a bit but was too preoccupied with what I could eat to manage to get on with anything else.  So I did what I have done before which is to give in to it.  Eat what ever the thing is that I want.  This afternoon it was a piece of bread and cheese.

So I don’t blow the diet, I track it i.e. weigh what I am eating, calculate the points and write it down.  Nothing is banned on Weight Watchers so I can eat whatever I want to.  There is no such thing as “naughty” or “bad” food.  There is however unhealthy food, which I try to avoid and some food has so many points you can not each much.  But by allowing myself to have what I fancied, I felt happier and because I tracked it, I stayed within points.

I had a thin (43 g) slice of Crank’s Wholemeal Bread and 9 g of butter and 46 g of cheese – the Shropshire Blue I had bought the other day.  9 WW points.  I really like Crank’s bread and not just because it has a naked man on the wrapper.  I had my bread and cheese with a cup of tea and flicked through the paper.   It was very enjoyable.  Did you really just click the link to check out the naked man?

Bizarely, even though I had my cheese and bread snack at 5 pm, I didn’t feel hungry again so had nothing else to eat.  So this strategy of giving in and having what I fancy seems to be working.  As long as I only have a little of it.  There is an old adage that “a little of what you fancy does you good”.  Seems to be working for me, as long as it is a LITTLE and I track it.

I am going to prepare breakfast for tomorrow.  I am so excited about tomorrow and will probably have some food treats so I need to start the day well.  It will be oats and I am soaking them overnight!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Oat Cuisine

  1. Vegetable Grower up the Road says:

    I checked out Mr Cranks – but not until prompted – you devil! I’ve planted some winter lettuce – Arctic King – so I should have some fresh leaves as early as April. It’s also time to plant Broad Beans and next month Garlic. Veg Grower x

    • I knew about garlic but Broad Beans has come as a surprise so thank you very much. I planted some more lettuces in a sunny spot under glass about a month ago and they are already big enough to start eating. If you have such a spot you may get some earlier than April. Thanks for the advice 🙂

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    The other thing I have realised is how ‘programmed’ I am to eat dinner. And 50% of the time I’m not really hungry because I’ve eaten enough during the day but I eat it anyway because that’s what I’ve always done and I’m making something for the others. Once in a blue moon I don’t have it – and I really don’t miss it. Cheese on toast at 5pm sounds like a good idea to me.

    • I agree. It is something I have just begun experimenting with. If I am very hungry late afternoon, which sometimes I am, I have something quite substantial and it suffices until morning. I still cook for the others but am not hungry so I don’t eat it. I like the use of the word “programmed”. We are told to not snack and have 3 meals a day. As long as we make sensible food choices, grazing may be healthier.

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