Oats are often hailed as the the heroes of the cereal world. They are healthy, cheap and fill you up a treat. What makes them really special is they are a slow energy release food.
The complex carbohydrate they contain takes time to breaks down so gives a slow and steady energy supply rather than a sugar fueled spike. As the weather gets chillier, a bowl of porridge in the morning is the perfect way to set yourself up for the day and keep away hunger pangs until lunch time.
But oats are also a great end of day snack. Writing in Good Housekeeping magazine, nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella points out; "Grains in oatmeal trigger insulin production much like whole-grain bread," says, CCN, CHLC, CWC. "They raise your blood sugar naturally and make you feel sleepy. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which relaxes the body and helps you fall asleep.”