Oatmeal is a cereal that is considered a staple in many cultures. Historically, oats were considered to have medicinal purposes. Eventually the Scandinavians, British, Scots and Germans began using them as a bona fide food. Oatmeal is praised for having properties that enhance your health, which are more potent if the oats are eaten when raw. They contain high amounts of vitamin B1, selenium, phosphorus and manganese as well as providing a high source of fiber. People who have gluten allergies can get nutrition from oats that they might be missing from other sources.
Benefits of Raw Oatmeal
- Weight Loss. Nutritionists frequently praise oatmeal for its assistance in weight loss. Eating oatmeal boosts your metabolism so you can shed superfluous fat on the body, helping you with your body contouring.
- Cholesterol Levels. Eating oatmeal can lower your bad cholesterol because the beta glucan in the oats will bind to your bile acids in the feces, helping you to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Eating raw oats can also increase your good cholesterol levels.
- Blood Glucose Levels. Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate. Eating high amounts of these help you to stabilize your blood glucose.
- Nervous System. Oats are full of B vitamins that help you maintain your nervous system.
- GI Tract. When you eat oats they add bulk to the feces in your GI tract, helping your body pass this substance more quickly. This can help you manage your bowls and avoid constipation and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Oatmeal also contains enzymes that can bond with the oil in your digestive tract so it is easy to move these substances out of your body. Doctors will frequently prescribe oats to those that suffer from ulcerative colitis. The fiber content can also help you avoid bowel cancer.
- Heart Disease. Because oats help maintain your cholesterol levels, they are helpful in maintaining your cardiovascular health. On top of this, oatmeal is high in beta-glucan that helps you prevent thickening heart muscles. This lowers your risk of a heart attack or hypertension.
- Fungal Infections. Oatmeal has antifungal properties that will help you avoid and cure infections.
Diet of Raw Oatmeal
- Phase One. Eat nothing but whole oatmeal for a week. This does not include granola bars or instant oatmeal. Aim to eat a half cup oatmeal with a half cup of skim milk each meal, aiming to eat 900-1200 calories each day.
- Phase Two. Continue eating half a cup of oatmeal three times a day for 30 days while continuing to eat your regular diet, aiming to eat around 1000-1300 calories each day. You may eat a half cup of raw fruit and a half cup of raw vegetables for an afternoon snack. You may now include instant oatmeal in your diet.
- Phase Three. After phase two is completed you may return to your normal diet. Make a point of eating one snack and one meal that contains oatmeal each day. Reduce your intake of fats for best results.
Recipes for Raw Oatmeal
Recipe 1: Oatmeal with Cold Milk
- Servings: 1
- Ingredients: A cup of rolled oats, three fourths of a cup of cold milk, 2 teaspoons of a sugar substitute like Splenda.
- Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and consume.
Recipe 2: Oatmeal with Apple Juice
- Servings: 5-6
- Ingredients: Two cups thick or old fashioned oats, a cup of almonds, a cup goji berries, two cups apple cider or juice, a teaspoon cinnamon. Optional: a tablespoon vanilla yogurt.
- Instructions: Combine all ingredients and allow them to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The mixture can be kept for 4-5 days before consuming if necessary.
Recipe 3: Raw Savory Oatmeal
- Servings: 2
- Ingredients: Four ounces oats that have been soaked overnight, a tablespoon finely chopped onion, a tablespoon finely chopped parsley, a tablespoon grated carrot, a tablespoon yeast, a tablespoon flaxseed oil, a teaspoon miso, four fluid ounces boiling water.
- Instructions: Blend the oats in your food processor until they are a thick mash. Add the remaining ingredients except the water and blend them into the mash for another minute. Continue pouring the water into the mixture as it blends until it forms a creamy batter. Consume immediately.
Recipe 4: Raw Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
- Servings: 5
- Ingredients: Two cups crushed all-bran cereal, a cup granola, a mashed banana, a half cup chopped almonds, a half cup raisins, a half cup cranberries, a fourth cup chopped walnuts, two tablespoons peanut butter and a tablespoon jam.
- Instructions: In a large bowl, mix the fruit, nuts and cereals, crushing any large chunks of bran or granola. Add the jam and banana. Place the peanut butter in the microwave for around 20 seconds or until it is melted and add it to the mixture, combining the ingredients thoroughly. Scoop even amounts of the dough onto a cookie tray, pressing the dough together to form a firm ball. Wrap each ball in cling wrap, mashing them into a flat cookie shape, ensuring that they are firm and place the cookies in the freezer overnight. Consume when desired.
Recipe 5: Raw Oatmeal Goji Cacao Cookies
- Servings: The servings will depend on how many you would like to consume. The recipe makes 20 cookies.
- Ingredients: Two cups of soaked oats or oat groats, a half cup goji berries, a half cup almonds or hazelnuts, a fourth cup cacao nibs, a half cup ground cashews, a half cup agave syrup or other liquid sweetener.
- Instructions: Grind the oats in a food processor until they form a batter and place in a bowl. Pulse the nuts in the food processor until they are coarsely chopped; then mix them into the oat batter. Mix the sweetener, goji berries and cacao nibs into the batter. The sweetener will make the batter sticky, so be careful how much you add. Grind cashews in the food processor until they are a powder but not butter. Spread this powder on the bottom of a flat bowl. Scoop out portions of the oat mixture and roll them in the cashew powder. Place the cookies in a dehydrator and dry for up to 12 hours at 110 degrees F. Check them occasionally to determine if they have dried enough as the humidity in your home can alter this process. Pat the dehydrated cookies into the thickness you prefer and consume.