Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Now, I have decided that I would share some yummy recipes with you on Tuesdays. I have been trying hard to eat clean and watch my sugar intake so I am always looking for healthy recipes that I can share with my family.

With Fall in the air I have been planning to start making some yummy oatmeal for breakfast again. I love oatmeal because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside and it keeps me full for a long time. Don't take my word for it... here are 10 reasons to try Oatmeal for your breakfast, according to THIS WEBSITE:

Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or "bad" cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.

The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you'll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.

You probably already have oats in your kitchen. It's estimated that eighty percent of U.S. households currently have oats in their cupboards.

New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.

With the exception of certain flavored varieties, the oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredient... rolled oats.

According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.

Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.

The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.

Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stovetop, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute... incredible!

Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious! Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is limited only by the imagination. Visit Mr Breakfast's Oatmeal Collection to see just 60 of the ways you can start to enjoy oatmeal today!

Here are some of my favorite ways to have oatmeal and some new ways that I plan on trying this Fall:

Strawberry Banana Blast Oatmeal
(1 serving) Thanks to MR BREAKFAST

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
1 small banana
1/2 cup strawberries
Bring the oats and milk in saucepan to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the oatmeal has reached the desired thickness. Meanwhile, chop up the strawberries and bananas into small pieces. When the oatmeal is done mix in the strawberries and bananas and pour everything into a serving bowl.

Deluxe Crockpot Oatmeal
(7 servings) Another Mr Breakfast recipe

1 C quick cooking oats
2 C milk
1/4 C brown sugar
1 T butter - melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 C finely chopped apple
1/2 C raisins and/or dates
1/2 C chopped walnuts or almonds
Grease the inside of Crockpot. Throw all ingredients inside Crockpot and mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours (*please see notes below). Stir before serving.

Great served with milk.

What could be better than waking up to the fresh aroma of a hearty morning meal wafting through the house? With aid of a Crockpot, it's easy to give the entire family a hot breakfast, regardless of when they drag themselves out of bed.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Oatmeal Man for this recipe.

Now, my go-to favourite oatmeal recipe (for which I have NO pics) is the following:

1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup skim milk
3 small chopped dates
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Bring the oats, dates, spices and milk in saucepan to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the oatmeal has reached the desired thickness. Pour everything into a serving bowl and add more milk :)

Have a tasty Tuesday and MAKE it a great day!

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