What’s so Exciting About Oatmeal???

Ok, I know I’m probably weird but I LOVE oatmeal.  Not only do I love it, but I have what some might think are unusual ways of eating it.   Before I talk about ways to prepare it, we must get down to business and talk about fiber!  Fiber is oatmeal’s biggest claim to fame.  It is a great way to help keep your cardiovascular system in check.    Not to mention your gastrointestinal system as well!!  Adults need 25-35 grams of fiber per day to meet recommended requirements.  Children need less – 16 grams per day.  Oatmeal is full of fiber, soluble fiber, which helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad kind) by carrying it away from the cells.  One serving of oatmeal provides a whopping 4 grams of fiber to your daily intake.  The fiber in oatmeal also fills you up so you are likely to feel satisfied longer.    When purchasing oatmeal, you’re best nutritional value is in the old-fashioned oats.  You get less sugar and more fiber than you would in the instant oatmeal.  Now let’s get to the fun stuff.

Oatmeal can be prepared in so many different ways if you just let your imagination run wild!!!   How about oatmeal and peanut butter or oatmeal and broccoli?  Are you thinking those combinations sound strange?  Try it you’ll like it!  Listed below are some recipes to try to shake up your morning (and dinner time) routine.

Parmesan Oatmeal with Broccoli

3/4 cup oatmeal

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup cooked broccoli (cut into small pieces after it’s cooked)

1/4  cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese

Prepare oatmeal according to directions on Quaker Oats box.  Mix broccoli in oatmeal.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Oatmeal and Peanut Butter

3/4 cup oatmeal

1 1/2 cups milk

3 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

Prepare oatmeal according to directions on Quaker Oats box.  Mix in peanut butter and syrup.  Add mini chocolate chips if  you want!

Popular oatmeal toppings:  Apples, bananas, brown sugar and cinnamon, walnuts, pecans (or any other nut you like), raisins, chocolate chips

Some not so popular toppings (but you should try ’em):  Diced tomatoes, salsa, cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese), sautéed mushrooms and onions, black beans

Remember be open-minded!!  Oatmeal’s not just for breakfast anymore!  Try some of the latter toppings for a dinner meal.  After you try some of these oatmeal dishes, you’ll know why that guy on the Quaker Oats box is smiling.  By the way, who is that guy on the Quaker Oats box and what is his connection to oatmeal?


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