Tuesday, October 29, 2013

National Oatmeal Day

Happy National Oatmeal Day!

Oatmeal is not only one of my favorite foods; it's also a superfood!  It has many health benefits that I outlined in a previous post "The Top 30 Superfoods"

A great source of soluble fiber which makes you feel fuller longer, aids in digestion, and promotes weight loss. They contain high values of antioxidants. Oats help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and promote a healthy heart. They reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes. Add some cinnamon and berries to your oatmeal for a delicious and nutritious breakfast!

With all these health benefits, people should try to incorporate oats into their everyday diet.  To help I have compiled a list of my favorite oatmeal recipes.

1. My Favorite Oatmeal

1/2 C. Quick oats
1 C. Skim milk
1-2 Egg whites
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
Small handful of sliced almonds
2 Tbsp. Sugar-free maple syrup
1/4 C. Frozen blueberries

Heat oats, milk, and egg whites in saucepan over medium heat just until it is slightly boiling (make sure the egg whites are cooked).  Then take it off heat and add cinnamon, almonds, syrup, and blueberries.  Sometimes I add a little bit of peanut butter for some extra protein.

2. My Healthy Cookie Recipe

This recipe can be found at: http://froyoandcardio.blogspot.com/2013/10/healthy-cookie-recipe.html

3. Overnight Oatmeal

1 container of yogurt (I prefer Yoplait Greek 100) - any flavor you choose
+ 1/4 cup quick/rolled oats
+ 1 tsp. chia seeds
+ any mix-ins of your choice (berries, nuts, bananas, etc.)

Combine & refrigerate overnight.
In the morning you will have a ready to eat, nutritious, oat-tasitic breakfast!

4. Oatmeal Pancake


1/4 C. Quick oats
2 egg whites
1/2 mashed banana (ripe)
Mix-ins of your choice (berries, raisins, nuts, etc.)

Fry like a pancake. Top with honey or sugar-free maple syrup if you want.

5. Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Via:  Sally's Baking Addiction

6. Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

Via: Diets in Review

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