Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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Mixed Whole Grain Oats (Rye, Oats, Wheat, Barley & Spelt)




Wholesome meal for babies from 8 months after major solids have been establish, for toddlers and for adults.

Ingredients:
1. Mixed whole grain oats (oats, rye, wheat, barley and spelt) (1 cup)
2. Milk (2 cups)

Directions:
1. Cook 1 part mixed oats with 2 parts formula milk or milk under weak heat (no. 4 on our electric stove) and stir until it is soft and tender. (Adjust the amount of milk accordingly for desired consistency)

2. Stir in 1 teaspoon olive oil for babies (optional)

Tips:
This makes an excellent wholesome breakfast for adults too. You can cook it with low-fat fresh milk under low fire (no. 4 on my stove). Heat 500ml of milk under low fire, and then add 8 TBS of oatmeal. Cover and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Storage:
1. Cool down, pour into ice cube tray and freeze.

2. Once frozen, knock the cubes out and store them in freezer bags (makes 2-3 ice cube trays, can store up to 8 weeks)

Nutritional Value:
Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre, protein and the B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, B6 and vitamin E. They also provide iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and zinc.

Rye is a very good source of manganese and a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid, and magnesium. It also contains lignan phytonutrients.

Barley is a very good source of fiber and selenium. It also serves as a good source of the minerals phosphorus, copper and manganese. A cup of cooked barley will give you 23.0% of the daily value for phosphorus.

One cup of cooked spelt has 246 calories, 11 grams protein, 1.6 grams fat, and 51 grams carbohydrates, and 7.6 grams fiber. Spelt is also a good source of calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iron, and manganese. It has vitamin E and B-complex vitamins (especially niacin).

Additional Information:
I spotted this in the "Spotsvare" section of Netto Supermarket. It seems that good oatmeal and whole grain products are still not as readily available in Singapore and I have received requests when I visit Singapore. For readers in Singapore and overseas, do contact me if you wish to get hold of this.

Since fresh milk is very affordable in Denmark, I usually cook it with fresh skimmed milk, but you can use long life milk as while.

Top it with nuts, blue berries, goji berries or raisins or eat it on its own and you have a delicious breakfast.

You do not have to add any salt or sugar to taste. The natural grains are salty enough. J tried it and he usually lets me know if food is not salty enough, and he likes it as it is.

References:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=65

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=127

http://nutrition.about.com/od/grainsandcereals/p/spelt.htm

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