Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy Oatmeal Month!

January is National Oatmeal Month!

Oatmeal is definitely one of my favorite breakfast foods, and fabulous on these winter mornings!
besides being delicious and comforting, its also nutritious!

Besides being a Whole Grain its chock-full of soluble fiber, which may decrease your "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and increase the "good stuff" (HDL), decreasing your risk of heart disease, as well moderate blood sugar levels.
I love all types of oats-from steel-cut to irish style, to just plain rolled oats. But, be careful of those Quaker Instant Oat Packets-they're loaded with extra sugar. Make yours at home, to make it more nutritious and cheaper!!

I buy mine in bulk, organic, and make it on the stove-top, (2-3 parts water to 1 part oats). Then I sweeten it with stevia, and mix in all sorts of things, such as:

Rhubarb-POM oats

Chia + Amazing Grass Oats

Pumpkin Oats with Cinnamon

Marathon Oats

Cacao-nib Oatmeal

Not pictured, but also loved:
Other Fun Add-ins
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Raisins
  • Flax seed (ground to make sure you get all the o-3s!)
  • Cocoa Powder

and my new addition to the breakfast grain family-Kamut! Thanks to Chocolate Covered Katie's Blended grain inspiration, I picked this little guy up from Whole Foods! (also check out her amazing oatmeal recipes!! )

Do you like oatmeal? Have any favorite recipes you'd like to share??


Pure2Raw Twins said...

Your oats look yummy!! I use to love oatmeal with some almond stirred in with cinnamon, but tummy no longer likes oats : (

Hope your staying warm up in Boston!!

Lori said...

I had no idea it was Oats Month, but I will be celebrating several mornings this month! I love steel cut oats.

photodelicious said...

what an exciting revelation from one oatmeal fanatic to another! one of my favorite combos is pb+j oats :)

Rachel said...

I just wrote about oatmeal on my blog too, but I had no idea it was national oatmeal month. Awesome!! Currently I'm loving dried tart cherries with walnuts. Thanks for sharing your eats, the POM and rhubarb sounds great!