Oats have unique nutritional properties. They contain more protein and more unsaturated fats than most other cereal grains, high levels of the soluble fibre beta-glucan and a number of interesting anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthramides. Regular consumption offers multiple cardiovascular and metabolic benefits including lowering total and LDL cholesterol, improving glycaemic control and increasing satiety.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamins E and B2, magnesium, manganese, phytosterols, fibre, protein and monounsaturated fatty acids. Research suggests that eating almonds regularly is cardioprotective, boosts satiety and improves blood sugar control. Good for digestion, too, as almond skin has a prebiotic effect and may stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.