Did you know that you are supposed to soak oats before eating them? It used to be common practice, but somehow in the quest for all things quick, it fell out of fashion. All grains contain physic acid. Left untreated it can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc in the intestinal tract and block absorption. Long term this could have adverse effects. A diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to mineral deficiencies and bone loss. Plus the proteins in grains put an enormous strain on your digestive system. During soaking and fermenting, gluten and other difficult to digest proteins get partially broken down and are easier to absorb and digest. It is so important to take care of the digestive system. If it breaks down the results can take the form of allergies, celiac disease, chronic indigestion, and candida albicans overgrowth to name a few.
Besides soaking oatmeal overnight makes it super creamy and with honey and crispy nuts, I'm in heaven.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup warm filtered water with
2 tablespoons whey, yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
another cup filtered water
Mix oats with warm water, whey mixture (or yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk) and cover and leave on counter for at least seven hours and as long as 24 hours. Soaking allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down physic acid. (Learn about and how to make whey here.) If you are dairy-free you can use lemon juice or vinegar in place of the whey, yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk.
When you are ready to eat, bring the additional 1 cup of water to boil with sea salt. Then add soaked oats, reduce heat, cover and simmer for a few minutes. Finally remove from heat, stir in what you wish, and serve. I like to add crispy nuts with honey or maple syrup. It is also great with just butter and cinnamon. Apples or dried fruit are also great additions. Enjoy! What's you favorite oatmeal combination?
In other news... I apologize if my blog posts have been far and few between lately, BUT I have a very good excuse. I am having a baby!!! Yup, my three daughters are getting a little brother in June!!! Now that the first trimester tiredness is over, if my huge stomach doesn't get in the way, I will be cooking and posting again soon. :)
P.S. Read about my other birth stories here.
By the way, I learned about soaking oats from the book Nourishing Traditions by Sallon Fallon. It's a really great book!