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Oatmeal ~ The Super Food! 
 
Mar. 13, 2012 7:20 am 
Updated: Apr. 2, 2012 1:03 pm
 

No really! I kid you not, oatmeal really is a super food!  Almost like a super hero, almost I said, it can't fly but it does have super powers known to save mankind from heart attacks and strokes and lower blood sugars and decreases adult obesity. 

So why isn't everyone stampeding to the store to buy this super food? Yeah sure, it can be pretty bland, but once you liven up these wholesome grains with some HEALTHY additives, you will wish your mother had more forcefully shoved this stuff down your yap instead of giving in to your whining about the Cocoa Puffs, Alpha Bits and the Lucky Charms you wanted.

Just listen to the benefits of chowing down on a bowl of this yummy goodness every day:

FIBRE ~ It fills you UP and gets your brain in gear for what lies ahead in your work/school day

LOWERS CHOLESTEROL ~ yes, we all should know by now that too much bad cholesterol (LDL) leads to build up of plaque (and not the stuff on your teeth) which narrows arteries which leads to heart attacks and strokes.  If this item alone doesn't make you stand up and take notice, then you may as well start planning for a short life!

BLOOD SUGARS ~ Eating oats can spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer time period. Control of blood glucose and insulin levels is essential in preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes.

BLOOD PRESSURE ~ A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, and so reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication. Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure. It usually has no symptoms, but can cause serious problems with the heart and blood vessels, leading to other complications.

WEIGHT CONTROL ~ As the soluble fiber of oats is digested, it forms a gel, which causes the viscosity of the contents of the stomach and small intestine to be increased. The gel delays stomach emptying making you feel full longer which helps with weight loss. New research suggests that children between ages 2-18 years old who have a constant intake of oatmeal lowered their risk of obesity. The research found that the children who ate oatmeal were 50% less likely to become overweight, when compared to those children that did not eat it.

GENERAL HEALTH AND LONGEVITY ~ Oats have a higher concentration of well-balanced protein than other cereals. Oats contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals) which have been associated with protection from chronic disease such as cancer. They contain a good balance of essential fatty acids, which have been linked with longevity and general good health, and also have one of the best amino acid profiles of any grain. Amino acids are essential proteins that help facilitate optimum functioning of the body. Oats are a good source of essential vitamins such as thiamine, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin E. They also contain zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.

Here is how I liven up my Oatmeal every morning, yes, EVERY morning I eat a steaming bowl of this yummy goodness.  My heart is thanking me this very moment!

Morning Oatmeal

1/3 cup whole rolled oats, (not the quick kind, you want the slo-cook kind)
1 tbsp raisins (or craisins or any other chopped, dried fruit you like) *
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground flax seed (another super food!)
2/3 cup boiling water

Combine the first 4 ingredients and mix well; add boiling water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.  You can start this, then head to the bathroom to apply your makeup or make the bed or answer emails while the oatmeal absorbs the water.  Zap in the microwave for 1:00 minute on high, stir and enjoy.  It is an incredibly fast and easy GOOD FOR YOU breakfast that makes your tummy say thank you while you head out the door.

* You can add any fresh fruit to your oatmeal as well, blueberries are a huge hit, as is chopped peaches, nectarines, bananas and apples.  A great way to boost your fibre intake is to add fresh fruit (with the skin on, except for the bananas, do NOT eat banana skins, they taste lousy) to your oatmeal and to switch it up to fool your brain into thinking it's something different everyday.

I like to think I am the crusader of good heart health in my household...I wish my husband thought the same! I am after all, doing this for his own darn good! 

So eat your oatmeal, live longer, live happier and play harder!
 
Comments
Rae 
Mar. 13, 2012 8:48 am
I love oatmeal. So good. One of my favorite combos is blueberries and banana's. And it turns the oatmeal purple. Who doesn't want a lovely steaming bowl of Purple Breakfast? :) Great way to get little girls to eat it. And I have to say Oatmeal can fly. I used to watch it fly across my kitchen every morning when I fed it to my boys, when they were babies. ;) Oatmeal rocks.
 
Patty 
Mar. 13, 2012 9:05 am
Because I am on a low-carbohydrate diet, I use hot water and sprinkle cinnamon and Twin brown sugar on my hot oatmeal. That satisfies my sweet tooth and fills me up until lunch.
 
Gitano 
Mar. 13, 2012 12:03 pm
rae ~ I too love purple oatmeal! :D and I guess your right, oatmeal given to babies can indeed fly :P
 
Gitano 
Mar. 13, 2012 12:05 pm
Patty ~ you are very true in that oatmeal is great for low-carb diets! and I do not get even a twinge of hunger pangs until close to lunch myself, which I eat an apple and drink a glass of water and then I can wait another hour or so before eating lunch so I don't inhale it :) Thanks for popping in!
 
Jena 
Mar. 13, 2012 2:06 pm
Ok, Ok, Ok, you've sold me! My goal is to start getting my bum out of bed early, going for a walk and coming home and having a bowl of oatmeal before work. I'm so bad at skipping breakfast and it shows! My dad was the cook growing up and he made us oatmeal every single morning. I hated it as a kid but really do love it as an adult. Thanks for the "kick in the bum" Gitano!!
 
Mar. 13, 2012 5:09 pm
I love it too and have found that I can incorporate it in many dishes you wouldn't think of by putting some rolled oats (dry) in the food processor and whizzing them for a few minutes and making oat flour which is gluten free and neutral tasting so it fits in anywhere flour is appropriate and some places it isn't - meatloaf, a smoothie, pie crust, lots of uses. Enjoy!
 
Lela 
Mar. 13, 2012 9:13 pm
Hi Gitano, the only one who likes oatmeal in my family is me. I eat it for a while, then I get tired of it. Right now the only way my family eats oatmeal is in a granola bar or oatmeal in meatloaf. C'est La Vie! Nice blog!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 4:40 am
LOL Jena! Glad I could provide the kick in the butt for you! :) and you should listen to your father, he is very wise!!! :)
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 4:41 am
BSM ~ excellent idea! I should try that in pizza dough! (evil grin) :D
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 4:42 am
Lela ~ your only bound by your imagination! Think outside the box when it comes to oatmeal! there are LOADS of flavour combinations that could be utlized for variety! :)
 
sueb 
Mar. 14, 2012 4:49 am
Oatmeal has always been one of my favorite foods. I love oat groats, rolled oats and quick oats. Oatmeal flour is nice to work with, too! I might make some oat bagels today!
 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:02 am
Another benefit: You body will be much happier in the bathroom. If I skip my oatmeal a day or two, I find going to the bathroom is not so easy. That fiber works!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:04 am
sueb ~ oat bagels? which recipe?! please do tell! :)
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:05 am
Indy Peggy ~ umm...yeah, that too!! LOL! :)
 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:25 am
Oatmeal is the one thing I can always fix for my granddaughters when they are here and don't like what we are having! They like quick oats with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top. And oatmeal lace cookies? Yum!
 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:34 am
One other note, for those who have tried oatmeal and don't like the texture. Try using less water and don't soak it first. I use 1/2 cup oatmeal and about 1/3 (or a little more) cup water. The water just barely covers the oats in my mug. Then I add the goodies (walnuts help with the texture issue also) and zap in microwave for a minute and a half. I don't like gluey oatmeal and this works for me. I love vanilla soy milk added after cooking.
 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:36 am
Oh, guess I should say I use Quaker old fashioned oats. The quick oats are cut much smaller and always turn into glue. IMHO
 
weeble 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:54 am
I'LL NEVER EAT ROLLED OATS AGAIN!!!!! not after i discovered steel cut oats, LOL. sooooo yummy. i like to add dried cranberries or cherries and walnuts to mine. or sometimes just some raisins and cinammon, or maybe a drizzle of pure maple syrup. mmmmmm...mmmm...m!
 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:04 am
I just mixed this up - don't forget that cinnamon is very good for you also. My husband's doc put him on a cinnamon pill in place of his night dose of diabetes medicine.
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:16 am
Marianne ~ you are one wonderful grandma! :) mmmm...oatmeal lace cookies... now stop that! you are giving me cookie cravings! :D
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:16 am
Indy Peggy ~ great advice, some people don't like wallpaper paste for breakfast :D
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:17 am
Weebs - you kill me! I too love the steel cut oats, they do take longer to cook though, so if I am not pressed for time, I will make those too :)
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:18 am
SD ~ interesting about the cinnamon pill for diabetes! I have never heard of that, wonder if it is something the U.S. has started and it hasn't made it to Canada yet...thanks for the tip!
 
Don 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:19 am
Hi, porridge with salt and milk for me, with milk and honey for the boss. A great way to start the day.. Then there's skirlie and oatcakes for snacks and meals. magic. Skirlie - Skirlie is a fabulous old Scottish dish. It's normally a side dish or a stuffing but can be used as a Main. It's great to use as chicken/turkey stuffing and is dead easy to make 50g of butter or dripping 1 onion - finely chopped 175g oatmeal Salt and pepper Melt the butter in a pan and add the onion, frying gently to soften. Stir in the oatmeal, season and cook gently for 10 minutes or so.
 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:23 am
SSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! GITANO! Rave about oats and the price will skyrocket-supply/demand thing ya know. We love our oatmeal, I often make it with apple juice instead of water, add a few bits of apple or any fruit. Don't forget the honey and cinnamon and you have a very healthy breakfast. I used to tell my boys that eating well fed their little fighting soldiers in their bodies (boys?!), they could picture and relate to this. The soldiers kept them healthy and happy. We eat oatmeal at least a couple times/week for breakfast, smoothies or homemade muslix on other days (also contains rolled oats). I make several types of oatmeal cookies and granola bars for lunches-we love our rolled oats. Also great added to bread, muffins and waffles, Avon has a great peach cake with oats, I used regular rolled oats and preferred the texture. Tried the steel cut oats, meh, they were OK but regular oats are cheaper and more versatile. Eat your porridge, my gramma used to call it pudge and we were all brought up on it. I fed cream of wheat and rolled oats to the boys rather than pablum. The smell of pablum turned my stomach, so if I could not stand feeding it to the kids, why would they tolerate eating it.
 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:31 am
I purchase the 10lb bags, keep it in a huge T/W container in the cold room. It is a staple like flour around here. I have been hearing more about oats on the news, may need to purchase another bag before the price rises. When Japan was hit with the radiation crepe, I purchased a bag of rice to last a few years in our house. Call me paranoid but I did not want run short and need to buy any radiation grown rice from the other side of the world for a few years.
 
weeble 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:32 am
gitano...i do the overnite method. 1 cup of oats, 3c. water, boil for a minute, turn heat off let sit overnite. i keep it in the fridge and heat it in the micro when i want it. i always have some in the fridge..... eating some right now! LOL
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:40 am
Don - interesting stuffing recipe! Thanks! :) I just love how you Scots have such great ideas! :)
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:42 am
RNG ~ LMAO!!!! sorry, didnt mean to make the price of oats go up! It is such a good thing for you that I felt the need to get on my soapbox! :) and I hear you on the pablum....ewwwwwwwwww that stuff is nasty!!! espcecially regurgitated :P Good call on the stockpiling, I buy in bulk too, rice, oats, flour(s), my pantry is overflowing.... but we shall have food at least! :)
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:42 am
great idea weebs! I shall have to remember that... :)
 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:44 am
I've had some dried pineapple sitting around forever. It was terrific in this! Added sweetness so I didn't even need any honey. I also added wheat germ with the ground flax. Great, easy breakfast. I use way less water, I like mine really thick.
 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:45 am
I've never even heard of pablum. I'm going to have to look that up. Luckily I can get steel cuts for .89 c a pound at Sprouts. I just bought about 10 pounds of it. That will last a while. I loved cream of wheat growing up. For some reason as an adult, I hardly ever eat it.
 
weeble 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:51 am
FYI ~~~~~ http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2009/01/overnight-oatmeal-quick-cook-steelcut-oats-in-10-minutes.html
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:55 am
dried pineapple?? I would never have thought to add that into oatmeal! :) sometimes I add honey if I am craving something sweet, but usually the fruit I add makes it sweet enough. and wheat germ is also a good idea! pablum is also known as Baby Cereal, here in Canada, we call it pablum, made from either ground, white rice or ground wheat. Tastes incredibly bland to adults... :P
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 6:56 am
Thanks weebs!! :)
 
weeble 
Mar. 14, 2012 7:03 am
no probs, luv :O)
 
Mar. 14, 2012 8:28 am
Ah, oatmeal! NB Papa has perfected his ratio of oats to water and hasn't had an explosion in a while. :) When I was little my mother would make a huge pot of oatmeal in the morning - everyone started the day with a bowl of oats then the pan would go into the refrigerator and just before my brothers arrived home from school she would pull it out and reheat it on the stove with some milk. (pre-microwave days, folks) That was their after school snack. She always said teenagers must have hollow legs and oatmeal was the only thing that could fill them up. Good memories!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 14, 2012 12:22 pm
Baking Nana ~ that is a whopping amount of oatmeal everyday! :) and yes, teen boys do indeed have hollow legs, I have 3 brothers that were ALL like that at that age :) Thanks for stopping in!
 
Mar. 15, 2012 6:08 am
I am on board with weeble.. Steel cut oats are the best... Never gluey and have almost a nutty texture and taste... My gpa introduced me to them as a teenand whenever we went to flordia for vacation he and I would get up at the crack of dawn and go for a 5 mile walk on the golf courseand then return and sit out byt the pool and eat our steel cut oats with fresh orange juice and fruit... What fond yummy memories! Everyone should try them.
 
Mar. 15, 2012 6:15 am
Redneck... Love the comment on the figthing soldiers... How clever!} am a preschool teacher and dread oatmeal days... We usually can get most of the girls to eat, but the boys no way! I will have to try that next time:)
 
Shelly 
Mar. 15, 2012 7:54 am
Hi - is there a reason not to use the "quick" oatmeal? Thanks!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 15, 2012 8:49 am
Hi Shelly ~ their is no nutritive difference, but because the quick oats have been shaved down so thin, your body processes them quicker and therefore you will be hungrier sooner. You need to exercise your stomach! and the best way is to make it work hard at processing your food so that you are not hungry before your next meal... :)
 
Mar. 15, 2012 9:38 am
Awesome blog.. Didn't realise oats had such a lot of merits.. Going to start buying it now..never did earlier.. But I absolutely hate honey.. A dont like cinnamon much either(not first thing on the morning),. Any other topping ideas? As a kid mum used to give it to me with milk and sugar but that gets old fast.. :P
 
MEAGHANV913 
Mar. 15, 2012 9:41 am
I love my apple pie oatmeal in the morning, and so quick thanks to quick cooking oats! I mix 1/2 cup oats with 1 c water, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp brown sugar and a dash of nutmeg. in the micro for 1 min, stir and another min then add a chopped apple. YUM!!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 15, 2012 11:06 am
Cuppycake ~ you don't have to add the cinnamon, skip it altogether... try various dried fruits like cherries, raisins, cranberries or fresh fruit like apples, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, bananas. Use fruit as your 'sugar' instead of using granulated sugar as too much sugar leads to weight gain!
 
Mar. 16, 2012 5:00 am
Thanks for all the info about oatmeal. I'm sitting here at the moment enjoying my daily bowl of steel cut oatmeal with just a touch of dark brown sugar sprinkled over it. I never get hungry mid-morning anymore as the oatmeal takes me right up until about lunchtime. If I really want to curb my hunger I'll add a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and I'm set for the morning. Also, did you know that having about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of steel cut oatmeal before bed helps with sleep problems? Lots of people wake during the night because their blood sugar is low so the oatmeal helps keep their sugar even all night long.
 
Mar. 16, 2012 7:20 am
Great blog Gitano! We love oatmeal here, it's my kids favorite breakfast since they were babies. I always add Vanilla soymilk and sometimes I add either a little bit of creamy peanut butter or plain Greek yogurt in it, and it makes it rich and creamy. You can even add oatmeal to your smoothies.
 
Mar. 16, 2012 8:29 am
I love my steel cut oats and have them almost every morning for breakfast. I toast my oats for a few minutes, and I usually cook 4 servings at at time and refrigerate the leftovers. They reheat great in the microwave with a little milk (whatever kind you choose). I've made so many different flavor combinations lately! Dried mango and coconut milk, almond and cherries, peaches and vanilla almond coconut milk for a peach pie version, and I also tried the carrot cake oatmeal from this site. They've all been great. I don't care for the quick cooking oats, but I do like the thick cut rolled oats for my granola. If I'm not eating a bowl of hot steel cut oats, I'm eating homemade granola and greek yogurt! : ) Great blog!
 
Mar. 16, 2012 10:21 am
I make batches of steel cut in my crockpot then freeze in plastic single serving container just run under warm water to pop out and then nuke it's great...plus I don't waste it..
 
Mar. 16, 2012 11:11 am
I make mine the way Indiana Peggy does...barely cover with water, pinch of sea salt and zap for 2 minutes on high. I use a little Earth Balance and Vanilla Almond milk. I don't care for sweet things at breakfast for some reason, never did. I buy organic thick-cut oats in the bulk bins at our Co-op for $1.09/lb. Cannot beat it for a great breakfast and it keeps me full till lunch. Too bad DH refuses to eat oatmeal unless it's in a cookie. ;-)
 
Mar. 16, 2012 3:17 pm
Sounds good! Just be careful with the raisins. Lots of calories and sugar. I found out the hard way :(
 
Mar. 16, 2012 8:01 pm
Excellent blog on the health merits of oatmeal. I love it and eat we eat it alot. We're into juicing now, and I love to put apple pulp into it while it's cooking along with some cinnamon and raw brown sugar. YUM!!!! BTW, oatmeal and apple pulp makes the BEST cookies in the world.
 
Stormy Marie 
Mar. 17, 2012 9:27 am
I sometimes add fresh fruit when I have it. Apples added are good. But I usually add dried fruits (my fav is cherries), cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to taste to the water. Then add the oats,flax seed and nuts (usually English Walnuts). Not like my grandma's thick gobbs! I like mine thinner, then add a small amount of milk when ready to eat. You can cook on the stove or in the microwave.
 
Mar. 17, 2012 11:13 am
Great blog ! We eat oatmeal almost every morning. We soak the night before to break down the phytic acid with a bit of lemon juice added to help. You get more zinc and minerals out of it and it's quicker to cook in the Am. We also soak chopped walnuts ot almonds with it. :) we add various fruits to keep it from getting boring : blueberries,bananas,apples,raisins,dried mango and even chopped pear is good with cinnamon and nutmeg. Yummo !!!! Heres to healthy and good tasting oatmeal !!!
 
Mar. 17, 2012 11:58 am
Good advice, Miss G! With all your working out and healthy eating, you are going to become a super hero, too!!
 
Mar. 17, 2012 5:54 pm
Definite thumbs up for oatmeal. The ONLY cookie that tastes as yummy baked as raw is the oatmeal cookie. (I know, I know, but that's like the only daredevil thing I do...eat raw cookie dough). Also, if time is not a factor, give steel cut oats a go. Excellent stuff. You bite it; it bites back. Onward, Lady G., in your effort to enlighten folks whose last encounter with oats may have been from the passenger side of a highchair!
 
Mar. 17, 2012 6:07 pm
Oh! Also...try a dollop of plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey over it for an especially nice oatmeal topping.
 
Mar. 17, 2012 6:47 pm
I too have oatmeal everyday, at least during the work week. I've recently discovered putting in reduced fat crunchy peanut butter is a good alternative. I found this to a yummy change of pace with extra fiber to boot.
 
MR. A 
Mar. 18, 2012 6:00 am
Good Morning, I teach Culinary Arts to tweens and to Teens for the Boys&Girls Club. I have eaten oatmeal since I was a kid it is all my parents could afford at the time with 7 kids in the house. I also had it every morning in the Navy as all of the sailors would go for the greasy stuff I ate oatmeal and whole wheat muffins for ballast food. Never once got sick at sea in 25 yrs. I guess I am going to make oatmeal my secret ingredient for the classes in the up coming session and see what the students come up with. This should be interesting seeing what their little creative minds come up with. Any way Thanks for all of the great ideas on what to add to my breakfast the apple pie one sounds really good. May you all have calm winds and following seas and smooth sailings.
 
lynnmac 
Mar. 18, 2012 2:22 pm
I love oatmeal. I eat it at least 5 mornings a week. Right now, for convenience' sake, I'm buying organic instant. One packet, and then I replace the water with 1% milk. Microwave about 2 minutes, then add a little heart healthy spread, with a tiny bit of organic brown sugar. Best part: adding the fruit. Blueberries are my fave, then raspberries, then bananas. I think I'll start adding a little cinnamon, too. LOVE my oatmeal. And, you are right, I stay full until lunchtime. Helps me to eat a lighter lunch (I teach elem. school).
 
Mar. 19, 2012 6:28 am
I love oatmeal! In addition to all you said, it's also really cost effective. Gluten free breakfast cereal is absurdly expensive and the boxes are tiny- a big bag of GF oats goes for $6 and it lasts several weeks! This is my recipe: 1/2 cup oats, 2tbs ground flax, 1 cup water... cook... divide into two bowls and add 1/2 tbs brown sugar, half a sliced banana, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, and a handful of pecans to each. My sweetie used to tell me he hated oatmeal, until he tried the real stuff, now he asks for it every morning!
 
Mar. 19, 2012 10:30 am
I know, I know. My mom tried to get me to eat oatmeal for years. Oatmeal cookies, yes! Cooked, blech. Yes, I am one of them, I would rather eat it dry out of the box then cooked for cereal any day. It is one of the "good for you" foods that I keep trying hoping some day I will like it, kinda like beets. Deep sigh, hasn't happened yet.
 
Mar. 19, 2012 12:40 pm
I love to make my kids granola with dried fruits and nuts. It is cooked for only a few minutes in the oven. I make granola using 16 Cups of Oats every 2 weeks. We are an oat loving family! Thanks for this article. Learned things I didnt know about Oats.
 
Mar. 19, 2012 3:09 pm
I have a bowl of hot oatmeal every weekday morning with some of my favourite jam to flavour it along with some 1% milk to help it go down easier. It is truly a wonderful breakfast for many.
 
Mar. 19, 2012 4:52 pm
Love oats rolled and steel cut! Great information noted on your blog!! I've been living on overnight soaked steel cut oats for breakfast for about 3 weeks now. I don't cook them either, just soak in almond milk. They are chewy and gooood.
 
Mar. 19, 2012 8:14 pm
Hands down the best oatmeal I've ever eaten! Watch the video then try it....it's SOOO good! http://www.katheats.com/kaths-tribute-to-oatmeal
 
Mar. 20, 2012 10:21 am
Try cooking steel cut oats in the slow cooker overnight and they are hot and ready for you when you get up. If you use the steel cut, which really are much better, the water ratio should be 3/12 to 4 cups of water to 1 cup of oats. Use a liner in your crockpot for easy cleanup. Refrig. leftovers and nuke a portion the next day or two depending on how much you make. I also add a good pinch of salt to mine. A big time saver!
 
Mar. 20, 2012 9:26 pm
Wow - who woulda thought oatmeal would get so much feedback? Good stuff, though. The steel-cut oats are my favorite, definitely (I love the nutty, chewy texture), but I often make the 5-minute oats because they are cheaper and quicker and we still like them. My preferred touches are just a bit of 1% milk and a little brown sugar, dark if I have it. Nothing to sweet. Sometimes my husband will actually request oatmeal for dinner. I think I will give the plain yogurt and touch of honey a go. Thanks for the reminder. :)
 
Mar. 21, 2012 9:49 am
My kids eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning. After reading this, I think we will keep eating it every morning!
 
Lillian Hartley 
Apr. 2, 2012 11:50 am
I use the old fashioned oats in 1/4 cup water, then add some 1% milk. Before cooking I use 1/3 cup of oats, add 1 T. each ground flax seed, oat bran and Miller's bran. I sprinkle on lots of cinnamon. Add frozen blueberries and a few strawberries. When ready I add some more milk (I like it creamy) and top it all off with a few walnuts. It makes a big cereal bowl full. I don't feel hungry all day. I'm a diabetic so have to eat later when my blood glucose meter test tells me I'm getting low. If I can get away with it breakfast is all I would eat. Haven't tried steel cut oats as yet but plan to try it,
 
Apr. 2, 2012 1:03 pm
I really enjoy Coach's oats- it's a combination of rolled and steel cut oats. Yummy chewy texture! Try adding some chia seed for a antioxidant and fiber boost!
 
 
 
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