All posts tagged: oats

7 Day Barcode Ban: The outcome

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This was way harder than I expected. Seven days of meals without using any ingredients that were packaged or had a barcode on them certainly identified how convenient my eating habits had become.

[To skip to the crux of the experience, click here – dot points]

The first observation was how much preparation was required for each meal. The process of getting hungry and then eating something straight away has become a habit for me, so to actually plan ahead for every meal was a chore to begin with. I also established that without the aid of additives (oils, …

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This is the greatest smoothie of all time

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It is impossible for something to be objectively the “best ever”, because it would need to be statically superior in every way to everything else in its class, and be able to be measured against different contexts, environments, and scenarios. But this smoothie is the best ever, without doubt.

For breakfast, a snack, a treat, or to celebrate being tops, this smoothie is the Swiss-army knife of smoothies – the Swiss-army smoothie if you will.

Prep time: 2 mins Cook time: 1 mins Total time: 3 mins
Makes about 600mls


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Apricot and oat balls

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We post a lot of these types of recipes largely because it’s really damn hard to come up with quick and easy snacks. These fellas do the job wonderfully.

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 0 mins Total time: 20 mins
Makes about 12 golf ball sized treats


  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup  sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Add apricots, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a saucepan on medium heat. Bring to the boil and reduce heat.
  2. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until
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Oaty, fruity granola

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We have written about the high level of kick-assery of oats in the past. Here is a granola recipe that puts these little weapons to good use.

Oaty, fruity granola

As usual, it’s a fairly user-friendly recipe so there’s more time to do other fun things, like burpees…

Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 35 mins
Makes about 10 serves


  • 3 cups rolled oats, preferably not “quick oats” as they may cook off too quickly
  • 1/2 cup dry fruit mix
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1
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Oats: nutrient rich or nutrient risk?

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Super-food alert! Oats have been listed as one of the top 10 healthiest foods on the planet by medical publishing site, MNT (Medical News Today). MNT suggests that oats (in the form of oatmeal) can lower cholesterol, are rich in vitamin B, folate, and potassium, and are low GI (glycaemic index) meaning that they are slower to digest allowing the body more time to extract nutrients, and leave the consumer feeling satisfied for longer.

The dark side

We wanted to include a rolling tumbleweed animation here, but we didn’t have the skills.

The general consensus (to this point) is that …

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Phytic acid & anti-nutrients

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Over the last five or so years, there has been a moderate growth in the practise of “activating” nuts and grains in order to reduce their anti-nutrient component. If you just did a double take at the terms “activating”, and “anti-nutrient”, read on.

WTFR anti-nutrients?

Anti-nutrients are substances, natural or manufactured, that operate in contrast to that of regular nutrients. In other words, anti-nutrients do the opposite of nutrients – rather that nourishing the human systems with vitamins and minerals, anti-nutrients block nourishment and may even reverse it by drawing vitamins and minerals out of the human body. But that’s …

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