Some days a warm, nourishing bowl of oatmeal just hits the spot.   

oatsyumMy favorite way to eat oats is as the entire groat; soaked overnight and then slowly warmed in the morning. They are chewy with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. If groats aren’t available, the next option is steel cut, which still has more of the healthful benefit of the whole oat. I have found that the more processed the oat, the less complex the flavor.  This morning I had steel cut oats that I had soaked overnight in yogurt. I slightly warmed them (to keep all the enzymes alive) added some honey and strawberries and it made the perfect, nourishing breakfast.

Oats are a hardy and hearty little grain that do well in a wide variety of environments, from a growing perspective and record of them in the human diet is found all throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

From a health perspective oats are little rock stars! As with any food, the closer they are to their natural state, the better they are for you. They are a great source of fiber and various vitamins and minerals. Studies demonstrate that the inclusion of oats in your diet can help with cholesterol, decrease the potential for colorectal cancer, and help balance blood sugar. Oats are also a great prebiotic, increasing the production of short chain fatty acids that aid in helping you have a happy belly. Some people are sensitive to the phytic acid that remains in the oat even after it is smashed, squashed, and mutilated to become a quick breakfast option; the easy remedy is soaking them overnight to break up the cell wall.

In a nutritional world that is pushing towards grain-hating, I think it’s a shame to avoid the hearty little oat. Oats are a smart option for most palates and bodies. 

HISTORY AND MYSTERY

  • For the past three weeks Bohemianmojo has been showcasing our series on King Arthur trying to answer the question; was he a real person or a fable? We believe he was a real, historical figure and to back up our case we’ve presented Bardic poems, the manuscripts of monastic scholars and archaeological facts. Along the way we’ve explained some of the historical context of Arthur’s time and the full-on warfare that consumed the lives of the people of the British Isles during the Dark Ages of the 5th and 6th Centuries AD.

FOOD FIGHT!! In Defense of Food, Sustainability and Old World Tradition

  • There's a whole new meaning to tempting your tastebuds. Do not be fooled if someone tells you that flavor is flavor is flavor and all like foods taste the same. This actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, an apple is going to have many similarities to all the other apples; that’s what makes them apples.

    However, once you start narrowing down actual flavor characteristics and “notes”, believe me, a Fuji apple from New Zealand tastes very different from a Fuji apple grown in Washington. The difference comes from a little thing called Terroir (pronounced tear waaahr).

Get the Nitty Gritty

  • Milk. Does it do a body good? Is it bad? Once again, as with all things health related, it's really not that cut and dried. If you’ve been told or you believe you have a dairy sensitivity or if you're just curious about the ins and outs of milk, this article is worth a read...The topic of whether or not milk is actually good for you can be a very confusing one. Some health gurus call it the perfect food and some vilify it. Who’s right? As with most things that are confusing, the question is much more involved than it appears. Here’s some quick and easy science-geek information to help you decide whether milk is right for your body or not.