As the mornings get cooler, getting out of bed each day seems to get harder and harder… Thankfully, a steaming bowl of creamy, porridge is just 30 seconds away! We like to think of Oats+Chia as a warm hug-in-a-bowl. And, not only is it a delicious way to start your day, it also provides a number of nutritional benefits that can assist with immune support.
We asked our resident nutritionist Emma Morris to explain why Oats+Chia is a great winter breakfast, and to also share some of her top tips for staying in good health this winter:
Why Emma loves Oats+Chia
- High in fibre – The wholegrain oats in Oats+Chia contain a soluble fibre called Beta-Glucan. Beta-Glucan has been shown to assist with a number of potential health benefits including reducing blood sugar and insulin response; decreasing LDL and total cholesterol; as well as increasing growth of good bacteria in our digestive tract. Chia is also a fantastic source of fibre, with the perfect ratio of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre forms a gel in water, while insoluble fibre remains close to its original form throughout the digestive path. Both types of fibre are vital for healthy digestion, the soluble fibre helping to moderate blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol while the insoluble fibre provides roughage, clearing out toxins as it passes through the digestive tract lowering the risk of colon cancer.
- Antioxidants – The antioxidants in chia can help to fight off infection. Most invaders produce free radicals which weaken our immune system. Antioxidants help to combat the free radicals and help our bodies fight off the invader/infection. Try topping your Oats+Chia with seasonal fruits like kiwi fruit, apple or pear, or add frozen berries for a higher antioxidant content.
Emma’s top tips for a strong immune system this winter:
- Exercise – Overtraining can take it’s toll on your immune system, whereas calming exercise like yoga or Tai Chi are much more gentle on your body and less likely to weaken immunity
- Be mindful – many people don’t realise how much stress, depression and grief can affect your immune system. Taking care of your mental and emotional health will pay-off for your body, too.
- Dietary intake – Immune strength is supported by an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals. Ensure you are eating a balanced diet and meeting your daily recommended intake of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, iron, zinc and magnesium.
Oats+Chia are available in the health food aisle of Coles supermarkets across Australia. Keep your eyes out for our new bright orange packaging, inspired by the rich red dirt in Kimberley where we farm our chia seeds. You can also order Oats+Chia direct to your door through our webshop.
Who is Emma Morris?
Emma Morris is a highly qualified and experienced Dietitian and Sports Dietitian. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement as well as a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.