Superfood of the Month: Oatmeal

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Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? Don’t worry if you didn’t, I just found out a few days ago! Whether you knew or not, it’s never too late to celebrate this healthy food by indulging in a bowl for breakfast or having a cookie for dessert! I like morning oatmeal with fruit [like blackberries], brown sugar, almonds or walnuts and almond extract. I call it “the kitchen sink cereal.” Sounds weird, right? It’s so delicious though! So why does this common breakfast food have a whole month dedicated to it? It has amazing health benefits! Oats are full of fiber, can lower bad cholesterol and are full of vitamins and minerals!

These little oats have some serious superpowers! [Photo via]

The insoluble fiber in oats help your stomach absorb more water, which slows down your digestive track. This extra water retention leaves you feeling fuller longer, which can help with weight loss and maintenance.  Along with keeping you in your skinny jeans, the chemical properties in fiber [both soluble and insoluble] have been found to help fight off cancer by attacking bile acids which can form cancerous cells. Because oatmeal is high in fiber, eating oats everyday has also been linked to a lower LDL [bad] cholesterol! Studies have also found that oatmeal can help reduce high blood pressure, which is linked to heart disease. Oatmeal is also full of vitamins and minerals that keep your energy level high, your waist line tiny and your insides healthy!

If you can’t stomach the cereal but want to get your dose of these superfoods, try them in muffins [like pictured above], cookies, breads or even on chicken!

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  1. Posted by Melissa on
    Friday, January 7th, 2011
    i am a big fan of oats! try to have them for breakfast at least 3x a week!
  2. Posted by Katie C on
    Sunday, January 9th, 2011
    Love love love oatmeal! I usually trade off what I eat for breakfast, but I always end up eating it 3 or more times a week! I like slicing up an apple into mine with some raisins, small amount of brown sugar, and cinnamon!
  3. Posted by kjpugs on
    Monday, January 10th, 2011
    I love Oatmeal Choc Chip cookies. It adds great texture! I wish I liked oatmeal as-is. I keep trying and keep almost puking :(
  4. Posted by Motherrimmy on
    Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
    I'm a big fan of oatmeal. You are so right that it's filling and sticks with me for several hours. I love the addition of berries. Costco sells a big bag of mixed berries that would work well for this breakfast.

    Kristi
  5. Friday, January 22nd, 2016
    When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Appreciate it!