By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Start the day in a balanced way with these lovely baked oats. Oats contain healthy unsaturated fats, protein, dietary fibres, disease-fighting phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. They are an excellent slow release carbohydrate (which help to keep you full for longer) and contain beta glucan, a prebiotic soluble fibre which is great for the gut and heart health, lowering ‘LDL’ cholesterol.
Eggs are just wonderful and contain numerous vital nutrients (some of which help to balance blood sugar levels) including protein, vitamin D and choline (important for brain health in the developing foetus).
Berries are a fantastic source of antioxidants as-well as vitamins, minerals and fibre to help ‘zap’ those free radicals that can lead to oxidative stress in cells and thus helping prevent damage to the DNA, including the egg and sperm cells. They also help with cognitive function, keeping the brain healthy and helping lower inflammation in the body.
Ingredients (makes 2 portions)
80g old fashioned porridge oats
200g fruit of your choice (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or strawberries go well with this)
200g natural live yoghurt
How to make
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Mix all of the ingredients above, in a bowl together and transfer to small ramekins. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until turning golden brown. Sprinkle extra fruit and a few seeds over the top. Why not make a few- keep in the fridge and reheat the next morning Enjoy!