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Eating a Healthy Breakfast With Captain Oats

Breakfast is one of the most important meals that one needs to have on a daily basis. Starting the day right is essential for growing kids.

It is crucial that my kids  get the right nutrients into their body at the start of the day so that they can be mentally and psychically alert to face the day. They need all the energy that they can get while satisfying their hunger.

Every morning it can a mad rush to get the kids ready for school. There isn’t much time for fancy meals or a wide variety of breakfast items to indulge in. What I can only afford is something simple, nutritious and easy to prepare.

Oats  is one of my top choice of breakfast foods for the kids.

Oats and grapefruit
Oats and grapefruit

Why Eat Oats?

  • Oats are a good source of Vitamin B6 which encourages the release of Serotonin, the body’s feel-good hormone. 
  • It is very nutritious as it is packed with high amounts of  Vitamin B1, B2 and E and  minerals such as Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese and Zinc among others.
  • Eating Oats regularly can   reduce  the risk of Child Obesity by 50%
  • With a low GL content, Oats can also reduce the chances of heart disease, cholesterol  and the probability of birth defects in babies  during the 1st trimester.
  • Eating Oats also may help to improve  your skin quality as it is used in various beauty treatments.

*(The above is provided for information only by Captain Oats and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Results may vary. Please consult with your physician if you have any doubts.)

The variety of Oats from Captain Oats
The variety of Oats from Captain Oats

The Oats from Captain Oats come from Australia and goes through  OatiFresh™ Process, a heat and moisture treatment to prevent them from going bad while retaining important nutrients.

Raw oats are not  really  edible. Therefore the oats has to be put through a process of  cleaning, dehulling, heating, sizing, cutting, flaking and lastly, packing to make them more appetizing for the consumer.

There are 3 variety of oats available by Captain Oats.

Rolled oats – ( 8 min cook time in microwave or stove top cooking)

This has the  chunkiest texture as, rolled oats look like flat, irregularly round, slightly textured discs. When processed, the whole grains of oats are first steamed to make them soft and pliable, then pressed to flatten them. It is  the least processed compared to the Quick cook and instant oats.

It is recommended for baked goods like muffins and granola bars.

Quick cook oatmeal – ( 3-5 min cook time in microwave or stove top cooking)

This type of oats has a finer texture  compared to Rolled oats .  It is partially cooked therefore it has a shorter cooking time. as compared to rolled- cut oats.

They too can be used in baked goods like cookies and muffins.

Instant oatmeal –  ( Instantly – Just add hot water!!)

This type of oats is pre-cooked. It has a finer texture then quick oats. They are the most processed oats among all the varieties available and the most convenient to consume.

The types of food  which you can make using oats are countless. If you are pressed for ideas you can check out the recipes  on Captain Oat’s website.

 

A Bowl of Instant Oats
A Bowl of Instant Oats

This is one of my favourite variety from Captain Oats- Instant Oats. The oats are really easy to make as you just have to add hot water to cook it instantly.

This variety  of instant oats also comes in  12 sachets of 40g each which is really good for filling one’s tummy in the office or on the go when one  travels overseas.  It is extremely  convenient way for me  to pack to fill the rumbling tummies of the kids when I am pressed for time.

Tiger girl having oats for breakfast
Tiger girl having oats for breakfast

 

Tiger girl with her bowl of oats
Tiger girl with her bowl of oats

I normally add a variety of fruits to the bowl of oats when I serve it to the kids in the morning.  They love the sweetness that the fruits add to the oats.

Are your kids eating oats for breakfast too?


Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration between Captain Oats and Dominique’s Desk. Pictures and opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

Protecting your kids from Dengue

Doggie boy, Tiger girl and Me
Doggie boy, Tiger girl and Me

Taking care of my kids’ health is one of my top priorities. It is important for me to keep them healthy, so that they can fully enjoy their childhood.

Solo parenting is not an easy task and my greatest fear would be for any one of my kids to fall ill and be hospitalized. Their great grandfather died from post complications due to dengue hemorrhagic fever in 2006 and I sincerely hope that this painful disease will inflict none of them. 

So despite the never-ending struggle to balance four different schedules, I always make sure that our home is adequately protected against dengue, especially now in 2016, when the number of dengue cases is unusually high and could hit 30,000 cases – higher than the record in 2013 when 22,170 cases were reported.

I’ve read that this surge in dengue cases is mostly due to warmer weather conditions, high mosquito population and change of main circulating virus. To break the rising dengue transmissions, immediate action must be taken to bring down the Aedes mosquito population in our environment.

If you do not know, the Aedes mosquito is the vector that carries and transmits the dengue virus, which can be fatal in certain circumstances. There is currently no treatment or known effective vaccine for the disease, so the best way to prevent it will be to prevent the breeding of these mosquitoes.

As Aedes mosquitoes prefer to breed in clean, stagnant water commonly found in homes, the kids and I have been actively removing stagnant water around our house to destroy any possible breeding grounds for these pesky mosquitoes. In our house, everyone chips in to make sure the place is kept clean and neat. The kids have been assigned age appropriate chores and we do have a routine that everyone follows.

 

 

Doggie boy throwing away water from a vase

Doggie boy throwing away water from a vase

I’ve recently incorporated the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout in our family’s list of household chores. As you can see above, Doggie boy has been taught that the water in vases/bowls has to be poured away on alternate days and filled with fresh water. He scrubs the insides to remove mosquito eggs that may be sticking to the surface of the vase too! This preventive measure will not only ensure that mozzies do not have a chance to breed, but also ensure that the cut flowers retain their optimal appearance for a longer duration.

Doggie boy turning the pail over after mopping the floor
Doggie boy turning the pail over after mopping the floor

The kids take turn to mop the floor and they have developed the practice of turning over the pail after using it. This is also to prevent stagnant water from collecting and making it an ideal breeding ground for the mozzies. 

Spraying Tiger girl with insect repellent before she leaves for school
Spraying Tiger girl with insect repellent before she leaves for school

When we are heading out, we will always spray insect repellent over sunscreen before leaving the house. We also apply repellent while home at times. The Aedes mosquito is more active in the day and the kids may be prone to mosquito bites, especially when our neighbourhood is a dengue cluster area. 

hanks to making this an active daily routine, it has become second nature to the kids to carry out these preventive measures as part of their daily routines. 

How does your family play their part
in the preventing dengue?

Start today by doing the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout!

mozzie

Disclaimer: This is an advertorial in collaboration  with NEA Singapore. All opinions are 100% mine.