The ideal “weight loss pantry’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge (or pantry) if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Stock up on: Oats

Oats. The very sound of that word conjures images of childhood my breakfasts before school that I never wanted to eat! All I wanted was sugary cereals, but mom and dad said that oats would make my brain work properly all day. Did you have a similar experience?

It’d be so satisfying if this article was about how wrong the parents were for feeding our family oats in the mornings. Unfortunately, it’s exactly the opposite.

Oats are an amazing choice for breakfast, especially if you’re dieting

Oats are full of fibre, so they keep you full for ages, meaning you should eat less throughout the day. They are also hearty, warm, and comforting. These are all very nice things to feel in the morning.

Oats are also very versatile. You can make them the traditional way, then add some peanut butter and honey, nuts, fruit, and milk. Or you can add raw oats to a smoothie. You can also use them in some slightly more naughty ways, like for making crunchies (you can eat a crunchie every now and then. Swap the sugar for honey to make it a little healthier. Keep them in the fridge in an airtight Tupperware to make sure they don’t go stale).

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Modern food science has also led to the evolution of traditional oats into something more quick, easy and portable – instant, flavoured oats. While these aren’t as healthy as the more traditional option, they really aren’t too bad, and are far superior to sugary cereals. So if you’re in a big hurry, you can pour a little hot water over ONE of these instant packets (my favourite is the Jungle Oats apple and cinnamon flavour).

Mom and dad were right… Again. They really were just trying to be good to us. Now eat your oats.

Find out what other items you should be keeping in your “weight loss fridge” below: